Do I think I could be a martyr? I don’t know. Yet, I suspect most martyrs did not know when the threat to their life was not imminent. But, when the choice was loyalty to Jesus or their life, the choice was clear.
Today we celebrate saints. And guess what? Because of your baptism, you too have the call to holiness. Whether you are a teenager like Carlos Acutis, or a martyr like Blessed James Miller, a parish priest like Fr. Michael McGivney, parents like those of Saint Therese, or a woman seeking a new life after the death of her husband, you too are called to holiness.
Each morning at Christian Brothers College High School, we begin with a prayer. This is the first of prayers I created about my good friends, the saints. Today we feature Blessed James Miller.
Sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking there is something fundamentally different about those who become saints. While on some level there is, since they have fully accepted God’s grace, on another level saints are ordinary people who did extraordinary things. Today we celebrate Blessed James Miller, a Christian Brother whose decision to stay to serve the children in his care cost him his life. He simply was open to God’s grace. Can we be too?
Can you imagine how overwhelmed the Blessed Mother was when the angel appeared to her? Or the amazement of Elizabeth when she became pregnant? This weekend a Christian Brother, a martyr, was beatified. Could he have ever imagined he would grow up to give his life for his faith in Jesus? What of you? God can do magnificent things with you. Let Him.