I will foster the awareness that I am a witness to the truth of Christ's revelation
Lord, I believe that you are present here as I turn to
you in prayer. I trust and have confidence in your desire to give me every grace I need to receive
today. Thank you for your love, thank you for your immense generosity toward me. I give you my life
and my love in return.
Grant me, Lord, the grace to stand up for my beliefs
1. Too Cowardly for Martyrdom:
Sometimes it's very difficult to
acknowledge Jesus before others. We think of the possibility of martyrdom, and we all wonder if we
would be able to be faithful to Jesus if it meant death. We may think that we witness to him pretty
well in our everyday lives, but do we really? We listen to attacks on Jesus and his Church without
objection. Sometimes we even kind of nod or smile as if to let on that we agree. We would never say
such things ourselves, but we don't really stand up for Jesus even when there is no possibility of
martyrdom. How many of us have a terrible time just making the sign of the Cross in a public place?
It's a simple thing, something I do every time I come to the table to eat, but somehow, it can be
incredibly difficult in a restaurant, where the only burden is that people might think I'm a
2. Accepting the Truth:
Christ's teaching about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit
may be worrisome because we may think that there exists some unforgivable sin. Yet, there is no
unforgivable sin. God's love and mercy is all-powerful against sin. Blasphemy against the Holy
Spirit has been understood by the Church to mean final impenitence -- that the Holy Spirit is trying
to convince us of our sins and we won't accept them. If we are finally convinced, there is no
blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. However, if we die without having accepted his truth, then we
will be guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Do I let the Holy Spirit convince me of my
sinfulness? Are there things that the Church teaches as wrong that I don't want to accept? Are there
sins that I think aren't too bad because I want to make them a part of my life? Sins cannot be
forgiven if they are not accepted as sins.
3. Witnessing with My Life:
Maybe we don't worry too much about
being hauled into court for our Christianity, but we still have to testify to it every day with our
lives. No matter where we go or what we do, we are witnesses to our belief in Christ. The Greek word
martyr means witness. I need to let the Holy Spirit speak through me when I am in front of others.
People will be judging not just me, but all Christians by my actions, so I need to live charity as
the mark of a genuine Christian. I need to foster the humility of a person who looks at the
greatness and holiness of God the Father and yet recognizes his own pettiness and sinfulness. I need
to live all the virtues in the concrete circumstances of my daily life. The only way I can do all
these things is by letting the Holy Spirit speak through the actions of my life, so that my life is
the testimony that others need it to be.
Conversation with Christ:
Dear Jesus, I can
hear your call to a deeper intimacy
with you. I want to draw closer, yet at
I also feel reluctance. Help my weak will.
Inflame my heart
with a greater love for you
so that I can be a true martyr,a witness to your
love. Open my heart to your Holy Spirit
so that I live as a true
When I am in front of others, I will
foster the awareness that I am a witness to the truth of Christ's revelation and try to let the Holy
Spirit speak through my actions.