Stephen’s brief ministry and death participate in and therefore set before us the continuous act of suffering known as the incarnation of the Divine Word.
How is one supposed to understand Fr. Rodrigues in Martin Scorsese's film?
Christmas is a season of joyous celebration because God loves us so very much that he was willing to give up everything for us.
Could I ask, with the martyr St. Stephen, "O Lord, give me every disadvantage, every difficulty, every hardness. Send me out with no tools, no friends, no worldly hopes of vengeance or reward. Put me among the hateful, the violent, the diseased, the unstable"?
Calvary is really about being a Christian, which means being willing to follow Jesus into the valley of the shadow of death, confident even in the midst of fear and pain that “thou art with me” (Ps 23:4).