Hermenegild knew that he could not sin to please his father. So he told him that he was very grateful for all that the king had given him and that he would always respect and love him. But, he said, "I am ready to give up my crown and even my life rather than give up my Faith." Then this holy young king prepared to defend himself against his father. All the Catholics united under Hermenegild's flag, and they fought bravely. But his father's army was much stronger, and after two years, Hermenegild was defeated. His father promised him that if he would come to ask his forgiveness, he would forgive him. He said that now Hermenegild would not have to give up his Catholic Faith.
The Saint believed his father, and went to kneel at his feet. His father kissed him many times and repeated his promises. But as soon as he had him in his power, he locked him in chains and had him cruelly tortured. Still Hermenegild would not give up his Faith. In fact, in all these sufferings, he grew closer and closer to God. In great anger, his father sent soldiers to murder him. Hermenegild was declared a martyr and later honored as a saint.
Let us love and respect our parents. But if we are ever commanded anything against the law of God, let us remember that first we must obey God, and then our parents.