Saint Artemius (d.363)

for October 20

Saint Artemius was a soldier under Emperor Constantine the Great. He was appointed as the imperial prefect of Egypt by Emperor Constantius, and used his influential position to spread the Arian heresy. During the reign of Julian the Apostate, Artemius hunted down and persecuted many religious, including monks, nuns, and bishops. He even persecuted Saint Athanasius. However, through prayer, Artemius converted to orthodox Christianity. He turned his persecution against pagans, including Julian. Saint Artemius was accused of destroying pagan idols, and was arrested, tortured, and martyred.

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Humans are easily influenced. Even though he was an intelligent man, Saint Artemius was still influenced by others to believe in the Arian heresy. He persecuted many Christians, but eventually converted to Christianity after watching the martyrs' witness to their faith. Saint Artemius gives us a powerful message: it's never too late to make up for our mistakes. Ask for Jesus' assistance if you have strayed from your Christian beliefs, and want to return to your faith.


Dear God, I am so tempted to imitate what I know is evil, just because it looks like fun! Please give me the wisdom to recognize the long-term consequences of my actions. Thank you for the people I know who through their life teach me what is good. (Taken from "Good News Days by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.")