Saint Bartholomew (1st century)
for August 24
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Saint Bartholomew faced a gruesome and horrifying execution. In this, however, he is not alone. Many Christians throughout history faced similarly terrifying deaths. These martyrs, and their love and passion, are to remind us of the power and truth of our Christian faith. Take a moment to meditate on the sacrifice that martyrdom requires. Place yourself in a situation where martyrdom is demanded of you. Experience the full range of thoughts and emotions that this horrible demand elicits.
Dear Jesus, I thank you for the martyrs and the example they have provided. Through their lives, I can see your love for us. Please help me to know even more deeply the full extent of your love for humanity.