“The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians!” — Tertullian
“There is a baptism [His Passion] with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!” — Jesus (Luke 12:50 NAB)
“We must declare the truth and not keep silence out of fear, but be ready generously to give our life for Holy Church.” — St. Catherine of Siena
“But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.” — From today’s first Mass reading.
As today’s world rapidly grows more and more anti-Catholic, it would do well for us to prepare for whatever price (big or small) we may soon have to pay for our love of Jesus Christ.
This post is dedicated to St. Paul Miki.