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The Beauty of Persecution

– Memorial of St. Boniface –

“The stone that the builders rejected has became the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing and it is amazing in our eyes” [Mark 12:10-11]

One of the most extraordinary things about being a Christian is that suffering can become a good. In addition to all the good things we experience in life, even the bad things can be understood as good.

Jesus exemplifies this principle in his life, death, and resurrection. There were people who hated Jesus with a passion; whether out of greed, anger, jealousy, spite, need for control or power, whatever it was that provoked them within their hearts, they spewed it onto Jesus in violence and abuse of every sort. Yet, all these abuses were used for good and became the means by which Jesus was established as King of the Universe.

The stone rejected became the cornerstone of the Church, which since then has radically changed the world for the better. Martyrs of the Church, like St. Boniface, an English Benedictine martyred in 754 in Frisia for his work as ‘Apostle to Germany’ have endured incomprehensible levels of suffering and through those trials and tribulations have earned a blissful kingdom more valuable and good than any comfort we can imagine here on earth.

If ever you are persecuted and the accusations are false (if they are true, then humility and listening are needed), know that you are with Christ and that your suffering can be used for the good, no matter how intense or petty it may be at the time.

We pray for all those who are persecuted throughout the world today, and also for all those who persecute throughout the world. “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”

 

by David Kruse


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