Saint Pothinus (87-177)
for June 2
Saint Pothinus was the bishop of Lyons, France. When he was at the advanced age of 90 years old, he and his Christian companions were detained by an angry mob and brought to the magistrate for trial based on their faith. Saint Pothinus and his fellows were condemned to death. He passed on to his heavenly reward in prison, where he was experiencing many brutalities.
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"Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed" (1 Peter 3:13–14). We who are eager to do good might sometimes get called names. Although name-calling does not harm us physically, it still hurts. Losing people we thought were friends when we try to do good is especially hard. The author of this New Testament letter knew that the early Christians faced that type of verbal harm; some even faced physical harm. He encourages them, and us, to continue doing what is good. He reminds us that we are blessed when we suffer taunts or are shunned for what is right. (Taken from "By My Side: A Teen Prayer Companion.")
Christ Jesus, who suffered both physical and verbal harm, help me continue to follow your way, even when others try to make me feel bad for doing good. (Taken from "By My Side: A Teen Prayer Companion.")