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Fabiola or The Church of the Catacombs

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A limited edition paperback reprint of a classic Catholic novel from the 19th century.

A historical picture of the early church in pagan Rome, illustrating the glories of the Christian martyrs as exemplified in the lives of the fair young Virgin, St. Agnes; the heroic soldier, St. Sebastian; the devoted youth, St. Pancratius; etc. This volume is not historical, rather it consists of a series of pictures than of a narrative of events. Richly illustrated with over 66 illustrations, some of which are from original drawings by Joseph Blanc.

About the author: Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman (b. 1802, d. 1865) was the first Archbishop of Westminster, England.

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"It was during a visit to Rome in 1853 that Wiseman projected, and commenced to execute, the writing of by far the most popular book that came from his versatile pen -- the beautiful romance of "Fabiola", which was meant to be the first of a series of tales illustrative of different periods of the Church's life. The book appeared at the end of 1854, and its success was immediate and phenomenal. Translations of it were published in almost every European language, and the most eminent scholars of the day were unanimous in its praise."

- from the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia

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St. Sebastian

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/20

Patron Of: Plague, Philippines, Archers, Arrowsmiths, Athletes, Bookbinders, Cattle Diseases, Unruly Children, Enemies Of Religion, Funeral Directors, Hardware, Iron Workers, Lead Workers, Plague Patients, Potters, Racquet Makers, Swans, Lace Makers, Stone Masons, Gardeners, Soldiers, Police Officers, Masons

Son of a wealthy Roman family. Educated in Milan. Officer of the Imperial Roman army, and captain of the guard. Favorite of Diocletian. During Diocletian's persecution of the Christians, Sebastian visited them in prison, bringing supplies and comfort. Reported to have healed the wife of a brother soldier by making the Sign of the Cross over her. Converted soldiers and a governor.

Charged as a Christian, Sebastian was tied to a tree, shot with arrows, and left for dead. He survived, recovered, and returned to preach to Diocletian. The emperor then had him beaten to death.

During the 14th century, the random nature of infection with the Black Death caused people to liken the plague to their villages being shot by an army of nature's archers. In desparation they prayed for the intercession of a saint associated with archers, and Saint Sebastian became associated with the plague.
at Narbonne, Gaul
martyred c.288 at Rome

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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