16th September – Saints Cornelius & Cyprian

Today – on the commemoration of the martyrs Ss Cornelius and Cyprian – I found myselfcross reading an article on Christian martyrdom. It finished with this sentence: Faith, ultimately, means nothing unless it means everything. And life is not worth living unless we’re prepared to die for it.

Earlier on it spoke about surrendering our lives to God’s providence, whatever the consequences may be. It had a quote of the martyr Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador who was gunned down by right-wing death squads because of his advocacy of the poor. He said: Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we are no more than an instrument of God; we live only as long as God wants us to live; we can only do as much as God makes us do; we are only as intelligent as God would have us be.