The last few days, things have changed - so much. Many matters that once concerned me seem not to matter any longer.
Since James Foley's execution, issues have melted away ...
The arguments no longer matter.
The only scandal now is the scandal of the cross.
It seems to me we are now all called to participate in it.
When the Christians came back from the cemeteries after bearing the bodies of the holy martyrs to their burial and assembled in the church for prayer, we used to see the evidence of their holiness. The whole Christian body was there, and no member of the flock showed fear. The catechumens learned a lesson in those assemblies when they heard the report of what the holy martyrs had said to their judges and of the steadfastness with which they confessed the faith up to the moment of their death. I know Christian men and women who saw strange things happen in such assemblies, and even real miracles. - Origen