Monday, October 29, 2007

Martyrdom- A Reflection on Ignatius of Antioch

On October 17, we celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch who was one of the early Christian martyrs. Mother Maria Michael Newe, OSB (Abbess of our Community) gave us the following reflection for the feast.

We have today Ignatius of Antioch, a martyr of love. We are all called to a white martyrdom… but not everyone makes it. We are called to lay down our self-will, to try and cut it out at the roots. But it’s a deep weed. When we expose those roots, we don’t always look good.
Look to the Cross. Christ died as a criminal, the lowest of the low. He died looking very human.

We have a choice whether or not to accept looking like this.

We have in the reading from Terce today: “after your conversion you endured a great contest of suffering.” We all know what that’s like… one day you feel as if God were sitting right next to you, and you think, “this must be His will!” and the next day it’s all gone. That dryness is the contest of suffering. How do you get out of it? How do you know His will in dryness? Someone else will lead you. Trust the Church, trust your superiors, and trust in God’s care for you.

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