Nereus and Achilleus the martyrs joined the army and carried out the cruel orders of the tyrant, obeying his will continually out of fear. Then came a miracle of faith. They suddenly gave up their savagery, they were converted, they fled the camp of their evil leader, throwing away their shields, armor, and bloody spears. Professing the faith of Christ, they are happy to witness to its triumph. From these words of Damasus understand what great deeds can be brought about by Christ’s glory - Pope Saint Damasus

Saints Nereus and Achilleus, you chose exile and death rather than serve an evil tyrant by denying the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your courage and martyrdom inspired many in the early Church, and the seeds of faith that God sowed through your blood have grown throughout the centuries, producing an army of soldiers for the Kingdom of God. Please pray for me, that I will never cower in the face of persecution, but will accept all for the glory and honor of Christ. Saints Nereus and Achilleus, pray for us. (MyCatholicLife)