8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Mt 5:10)
🙏 Questions for reflection
- Do I call to mind and pray for Christians suffering persecution around the world?
- Do I understand my religion too individualistically? Do I realise that God does not have favourites, but wills all men and women to come to the knowledge of the truth?
- Do ever I think of heaven and the life to come?
📚 Further reading
- The Book of Wisdom, chapters 1-5
- The Acts of the Apostles, chapters 2.42-8.3 (which covers the earliest persecutions of the Church and the death of St Stephen, the first martyr)
- S. Pinckaers O.P. [tr. P. M. Clark & A. Hounsokou], The Spirituality of Martyrdom...To the Limits of Love, CUA Press 2016
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Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6