These two martyrs have their names included in the Roman Canon. Both laid down their lives for the Faith in the third century.

St Cyprian said: ‘It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and good people who have learned the great secret of life. They have found a joy and wisdom which is a thousand times better than any of the pleasures of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians. . . and I am one of them’.

May we also find this quiet courage in defence of what we believe and know to be the Truth, and may God bless you this day.