ST. FLORIAN: Fire Fighter

Today is the Feast Day of St. Florian.

Ok, here's what you need to know:

He was a high officer in the Roman army.

He lived during the Christian persecution of Diocletian.

Being a holy man and unafraid, St. Florian freely gave himself up to the local Governor when questioned - and made a bold profession of faith to the public.

He was sentenced to be burned at the stake.

St. Florian taunted his captors, "If you do, I will climb to heaven on the flames."

He was brutally scourged not once but twice, then flayed alive, set on fire, and then tossed in the River Enns with a heavy rock tied around his neck.

He is the Patron Saint of Poland and firemen.

Interesting fact: If you've ever seen a Fire Department emblem, badge, or patch you'll notice the Florian cross. 

St. Florian, ora pro nobis!