Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,934 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope, at weekly audience, speaks on martyrdom

Catholic World News - August 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the witness of Christian martyrs at his weekly public audience on August 11.

Noting that this week’s liturgical calendar includes the feasts of several martyrs (Sts. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, St. Laurence, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Pontian, St. Hippolytus), the Pope said that their examples “call everyone to a high standard of Christian life, which has the power to transform others and the world.”

Martyrdom, the Pope continued, is “a form of total love of God.” The martyr, the Holy Father explained, imitates Christ, who offered his life in the ultimate sacrifice for others. He cited the words of Jesus in St. Matthew’s Gospel, telling his disciples, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” The strength of the martyrs comes from “a deep and intimate union with Christ,” the Pope said. He explained that “martyrdom and the vocation to martyrdom are not the result of human effort, but the response to God’s initiative and call.”

At the same time, the Pope said, the martyr’s sacrifice is a free act, made by “a free person who in one final act gifts his entire life to God, and in a supreme act of faith, hope and charity, abandons himself in the hands of his Creator and Redeemer.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,313 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,687.05
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 6 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 10 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6