Today we remember Vincent of Saragossa, who died under torture in the year 304. His offense was having given outspoken witness to the Christian faith before a Roman tribunal.
It’s good to remember the witness of the martyrs–the memory of their deeds inspires us. But there is also a danger. There’s a danger of forgetting about what we can call ordinary, day by day martyrdom.
The word martyr has come to refer to someone who gives up their life in witness to the faith. But martyr is an ordinary Greek word that means witness, any kind of witness. And we all give witness. To something. Because we human beings are profoundly social creatures, we give witness every moment of the day. To something. All that we say, all that we do. All we don’t say, all we fail to do—every bit of it gives witness. To something.
What’s the something? What’s the something for today? To what shall we give witness today? What shall it be? It will be something—we will give witness today. To what shall it be?
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