Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Protomartyr St. Stephen

Oh how I love you Stephen,
I love the precious stones
which ornamented your
I venerate the blood
which flowed from your
wounds ...
Pray for me ...
pray for us ...
and be
with us
at the hour 
of our death,
when God's mercy
allows us 
to see
the heavens opened
and the Son of Man
at the 
right hand of

The grace of martyrdom.

One may desire it,
pray for it,
prepare for it,
desire it with all one's heart ...
perhaps even seek it out.
if it be God's will ...

It isn't a passive desire for suicide.
Nor an escape from a difficult life.
It is a call.
A vocation.

It is a grace ...

Everything is a grace.

It is the unitive way ...

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