Monday, December 26, 2016

Today, December 26th, is the Feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr.  Stephen was stoned to death because of his faith in Jesus.  Seems strange to speak of martyrdom the day after the celebration of Christmas but that is the reality of our lives as followers of Christ.  Our lives encompass the two edged sword of hope and joy as well as the pain of suffering.  The suffering reminds us of the suffering of Jesus, the suffering and death He experienced in order to redeem us.

This day many Christians throughout the world are dying for their faith while we enjoy freedom of belief.  Let us keep these Christians, our brothers and sisters in prayer at this time that they may be freed from persecution.  This is our hope, the hope given to us by the birth of Jesus.  May our good God bless each and every one.

KM Donohue, OSU

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