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Monday, October 17, 2005
Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!

Today is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch who was one of the first Bishops, a Father of the Church and was Martyred for Christ and His Bride. I absolutely love the reading from Vigils (OoR) for today. The gusto of this guy in the face of a horrible death is amazing and only shows Christ working within St. Ignatius. We take so lightly the faith we have and practice it with out any determination or zeal. I think if many people faced times when our faith in Christ was put to this kind of a test that many would just opt out for the 'politically correct' heresy of the day. Men and Women of sound judgment do not normally offer their lives in sacrifice to this extent and for the sake of others and for Christ for a weak little namby pamby feel good religion. What is the point of belief in Christ Jesus and practicing our faith just for feeling and sentimentality. The Martyrs of Christ and His Bride offered their life and death to witness to the Truth and Mercy of God. I kind of doubt they would have done so for a feel good pseudo spirituality or a bunch of psycho spiritual babble on just being nice. I doubt they would offer their lives for a watered down religion or relativistic faith. Who would?
I hope and pray that non of us ever have to face the type of test of faith by martyrdom that our brothers and sisters in Christ have done. However, I do pray earnestly that we all have the same steadfast zeal and certainty that they possessed so that we all can win souls for Christ Our Lord. The words of St. Ignatius of Antioch are below to inspire you all to better bear witness to the Truth and Mercy of God in Christ Jesus.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch pray for us and lead us all to Christ Our Lord through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!

"I am writing to all the churches to let it be known that I will gladly die for God if only you do not stand in my way. I plead with you: show me no untimely kindness. Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God. I am God's wheat and shall be ground by their teeth so that I may become Christ's pure bread. Pray to Christ for me that the animals will be the means of making me a sacrificial victim for God.
No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire.
The time for my birth is close at hand. Forgive me, my brothers. Do not stand in the way of my birth to real life; do not wish me stillborn. My desire is to belong to God. Do not, then, hand me back to the world. Do not try to tempt me with material things. Let me attain pure light. Only on my arrival there can I be fully a human being. Give me the privilege of imitating the passion of my God. If you have him in your heart, you will understand what I wish. You will sympathise with me because you will know what urges me on.
The prince of this world is determined to lay hold of me and to undermine my will which is intent on God. Let none of you here help him; instead show yourselves on my side, which is also God's side. Do not talk about Jesus Christ as long as you love this world. Do not harbour envious thoughts. And supposing I should see you, if then I should beg you to intervene on my behalf, do not believe what I say. Believe instead what I am now writing to you. For though I am alive as I write to you, still my real desire is to die. My love of this life has been crucified, and there is no yearning in me for any earthly thing. Rather within me is the living water which says deep inside me: "Come to the Father". I no longer take pleasure in perishable food or in the delights of this world. I want only God's bread, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, formed of the seed of David, and for drink I crave his blood, which is love that cannot perish.
I am no longer willing to live a merely human life, and you can bring about my wish if you will. Please, then, do me this favour, so that you in turn may meet with equal kindness. Put briefly, this is my request: believe what I am saying to you. Jesus Christ himself will make it clear to you that I am saying the truth. Only truth can come from that mouth by which the Father has truly spoken. Pray for me that I may obtain my desire. I have not written to you as a mere man would, but as one who knows the mind of God. If I am condemned to suffer, I will take it that you wish me well. If my case is postponed, I can only think that you wish me harm."
+ St. Ignatius of Antioch written circa 98-117 A.D.
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