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Blaise was born into a wealthy family, but he considered the pursuit of spiritual riches more worthwhile than material riches. Blaise worked in the church and became the bishop of Sebasta (in Armenia) when he was still a young man.
During a wave of persecution against Christians, Blaise reportedly heard a message from God, calling him to go live in a cave where he could continue his ministry by helping the wild animals who surrounded it. Men who later were hunting in the area of the cave where Blaise was living discovered Blaise caring for many wild animals there. Since they recognized Blaise as a bishop, they arrested him.
Blaise was martyred for his faith under emperor Licinius' reign.