Friday, December 26, 2008

On the Feast of Stephen...

From the peace of Christmas Day to the violence of Saint Stephen's martyrdom may seem like quite an abrupt leap...but it is actually a logical follow-up.

Like Jesus, Stephen died praying for his persecutors. As Saint Augustine wrote: "If Stephen had not prayed to God, the Church would not have had Paul." ("Sermons," 315, 7)