Oct. 17, 2016 (Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch)

It is interesting to read the letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch as they appear in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours. He wrote them on his way to execution in Rome. He wrote them, essentially, to the churches listed in the Book of Revelation. He made it very clear that he intended to be martyred by the wild animals and not to interfere. He wanted to die for the faith; to make the ultimate sacrifice. The word “sacrifice” is not in the vocabulary of many people in modern times. No one wants to sacrifice anything. Who wants to give up what they think they are entitled to? Jesus teaches us what real sacrifice is all about. St. Ignatius of Antioch wanted to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.

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