I wonder sometimes if someone really has to know Christ to be a Christian. I mean, a bird doesn’t know aerodynamics yet he still seems to fly pretty well. Is someone who intuitively follows Jesus’ commandments without knowing them a ‘better Christian’ than someone who knows them yet doesn’t follow them?
The agony of martyrdom is almost too much to bear. In the early hours, when the loss is fresh, there is no comfort in knowing Glory will live on. We speak of the martyrs in History but we cannot know the actual pain they suffered in their final living hours. They enter the realm of the mythic, but we must never forget these were men like ourselves. When their flesh is torn, they cry out. They suffer as you or I would suffer, although more bravely. Remember Christ. Although I am now an enemy to Joseph's legacy, I shudder when recalling his pain.