Saturday, July 14, 2012

Being A Martyr

So I read this the other day and thought, "Man, that's good stuff." So I pass it on to you for some food for thought. It comes from a blog called Young and Catholic.



Being A Martyr

If religion is just a game, then our generation just isn’t interested in playing.  You probably know this.  Why put on a phony face on Sundays if you’re going to break all of “the rules” throughout the rest of the week anyway?
No, if we are going to believe in something, we have to be all in.  We are passionate to the point of radical; it’s all or nothing.  And this is a very good thing when it comes to faith.  It’s probably what Blessed John Paul II had in mind when, addressed with the question of why he held World Youth Day, he replied:
“I have come to greet the martyrs of the third millennium”
We tend to think of martyrs as only belonging in history books or to cultures that lack the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom that we [supposedly] have.  But that’s not the case.  We’re called to a “white martyrdom” on a daily basis—to make sacrifices that may not be as drastic as our life, but that can still make it feel like the world, as we know it, is ending.  Sometimes it’s our popularity, sometimes it’s a relationship that is bringing us away from God, or sometimes it’s our own comfort.
Going to mass is easy.  Living out your faith?  That’s hard.  But in all of our struggles, we need not be discouraged:
Dear young people, in these noble undertakings you are not alone.  With you there are your families, there are your communities, there are your priests and teachers, there are so many of you who in the depths of your hearts never weary of loving Christ and believing in him.  In the struggle against sin you are not alone: so many like you are struggling and through the Lord’s grace are winning!
Today let’s pray for the courage and the strength to live out our faith with everything we are.

2 comments:

  1. Just saw the movie "For Greater Glory". The death of the 12 year old really spoke to me. It reminded me of how deliberate I should be in dealing with sin in my life when a 12 year old was willing and ready to die for his faith. It made me think of Hebrews 12:3 "Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood."

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  2. AMEN! Watching that movie really spoke to me as well. It made me want to really REALLY live out my faith...As a priest I guess one would say, "Well YOU are suppose to, aren't you?" And yes, but watching the movie brought about a conviction of heart...a desire and a zeal to be a priest until the very end...to live out my faith and my priesthood until the end....

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