The life of St. Stephen is given to us as a true model of Jesus. They both died forgiving those who killed them. True Christian martyrdom is an act of love. If we completely spend ourselves for the faith, but do so with bitterness and hatred, is it really a Christian act?
Whether we find ourselves sweeping the streets or preaching in missionary lands, it is the love inspiring the act that makes it fully Christian. God is love. We, too, must become love.
Today, search your heart and see if there is any bitterness or harsh judgment therein. Offer it up to Jesus for him to cleanse it. Then, make every act of this day an act of love.
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