Celebrating a martyrdom is a paradox. On the one hand, many martyrs have died an appalling death, fraught with suffering, and those who have loved them and looked to them for inspiration will grieve their absence. The promise we hear in the Book of Revelation, that “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes,” is a very real need, for martyrs and loved ones alike. On the other hand, a martyr’s witness will oftentimes sow the life of faith into the coming generations.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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