August 10, 2017

The Saint was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by little, but Lawrence was burning with so much love of God that he almost did not feel the flames. In fact, God gave him so much strength and joy that he even joked. "Turn me over," he said to the judge. "I'm done on this side!" And just before he died, he said, "It's cooked enough now." Then he prayed that the city of Rome might be converted to Jesus and that the Catholic Faith might spread all over the world. After that, he went to receive the martyr's reward. (Source)

Brothers and sisters—

Often the saints compare red martyrdom, the martyrdom of blood spilled in the act of death, with white martyrdom: the giving-over of the blood in our veins to the Lord in every moment, by the giving-over of ourselves in every moment. We may never be asked to give blood, even though St. Paul warns that few go to the point of spilling blood to prevent sin—but we are asked to give everything anyway.

A prayer, thus, for white martyrdom: Father, you gift us with a life that isn’t ours, and ask only that we give each of our faculties to you, our mind, heart, will, and strength, in love. Kill in me everything that blocks the wisdom of your gaze in me; that my eyes may be yours, my heart yours, my being afire with your Spirit, so that I may love with your own love—and die in the grace of white martyrdom, in you alone.

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