Lives of the Saints
ST. EUSTACHIUS called by the Greeks Eustachius, and before his conversion named
together with his wife Theopista, called before her baptism Tatiana, and two sons
Agapius and Theopistus. These Greek names they must have taken after their    ST.
EUSTACHIUS called by the Greeks Eustachius, and before his conversion named
conversion to the faith. The ancient sacramentaries mention in the prayer for the
festival of St. Eustachius his profuse charities to the poor on whom he bestowed all
his large possessions some time before he laid down his life for his faith. An ancient
church in Rome was built in his honor, with the title of a Diacony; the same now gives
title to a cardinal. His body lay deposited in this church, till, in the twelfth age, it was
translated to that of St. Denis near Paris. His shrine was pillaged in this place, and
part of his bones burnt by the Huguenots in 1567; but a portion of them still remains
in the parish church which bears the name of St. Eustachius in Paris.
How noble is it to see integrity and virtue triumphing over interest, passion, racks,
and death and setting the whole world at defiance! To see a great man preferring the
least duty of justice, truth, or religion, to the favor or menace of princes; readily
quitting estate, friends, country, and life, rather than consent to any thing against his
conscience, and at the same time, meek, humble, and modest in his sufferings;
forgiving from his heart and tenderly loving his most unjust and treacherous enemies
and persecutors! Passion and revenge often make men furious; and the lust of power,
worldly honor, applause, or wealth may prompt them to brave dangers; but these
passions leave them weak and dastardly in other cases, and are themselves the
basest slavery, and most grievous crimes and misery. Religion is the only basis on
which true magnanimity and courage can stand. It so enlightens the mind as to set a
man above all human events, and to preserve him in all changes and trials steadily
and calm in himself; it secures him against the errors, the injustices, and frowns of
the world, is by its powerful motives the strongest spur to all generous actions, and
under afflictions and sufferings a source of unalterable peace, and overflowing joy
which spring from an assured confidence that God's will is always most just and holy,
and that he will be its protector and rewarder. Does religion exert this powerful
influences in us? Does it appear in our hearts, in our actions and conduct? It is not
enough to encounter dangers with resolution; we must with equal courage and
constancy vanquish pleasure and the softer passions, or we possess not the virtue of
true fortitude.
St Eustachius and Companions Martyrs