Posts Tagged ‘martyrdom’

“If They Persecuted Me, They Will Persecute You”

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Martyrdom is the supreme testimony. It is the most vivid and most credible summary of the Gospel. Martyrs are Christians who take up the cross as Jesus did. They vividly fulfill the condition of discipleship laid down by the Lord himself (Matthew 16:24). They assume the role of Jesus on Calvary. Their death is a […] [Read more]

The Supreme Witness of Saint Thomas Becket and Christians Today

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Ever since I first learned of the life and martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket, whose feast day is today, I have had a great devotion to him. From the accounts in T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral and the 1964 film Becket, to those in the history books, the more I learned about this man, […] [Read more]

Saint Stephen Martyr

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

When Pope Benedict XVI visited Washington in 2008, members of Saint Stephen Martyr Parish stood outside their church on Pennsylvania Avenue, nine blocks from the White House, and waved to the Holy Father as the “popemobile” passed by. How fitting it was that parishioners of Saint Stephen Martyr would be among those welcoming the vicar […] [Read more]