The Milk of Martyrdom
The Roman historian Tertullian said, 'From the Blood of the Martyrs come the seeds of Christianity' and indeed martyrdom has become a lost art thanks to the homogonized compromise consciousness of the conciliar church. If only more realized that from the loving lactose of martydom come unending, pure graces flowing like milk and honey over souls. Need we say more? Got Milk?
"This world wants us to see suffering and pain as negatives to be avoided and to an extent this is normal because we are human and humans want to avoid these things. However, the devil takes this human trait and extends it into a weapon against the desire to serve God and suffer the consequences of that service. It is at this point that the true follower of Christ will stand up and refuse to play human. The three truths of martyrdom remind us that much is to be gained and only perdition lost by standing up in this way. In short, any true follower of Christ will not only expect martyrdom in some way but actually welcome as confirmation and an opportunity to give the devil another "NO" right to his rebellious and eternally lost face!"
If we are all called to follow Christ in service, love for others, and sacrifice of self for that service, then that call does not stop there. If one is to truly follow Our Lord, then the issue of martyrdom is not a question of if but more of how and when. In one way or another, every and any true follower of Christ will be called upon to suffer martyrdom. That is the first truth of martyrdom for Christ. The second truth follows it closely and simply states that through the grace and power of God that martyrdom, in whatever form it may take, will actually serve to transcend each and every such follower to heights impossible to reach absent such a sacrifice. The third and final truth of martyrdom is that through the grace and power of God that martyrdom will have two sides, the one seen by the myopic world and the true one facing Heaven.
The First Truth of Martyrdom
As stated above, the First Truth of Martyrdom tells us that anyone wishing to follow Christ will have to face some form of martyrdom throughout his or her life. While it may not be as dramatic and violent as the early Christians faced, it will certainly have its own unique drama and value. Sadly, that early, graphic form of physical martyrdom still exists today in places like Indonesia, China, Africa, South America and other areas where being a Christian or Catholic is a detested trait.
For others, that martyrdom takes the form of abuse and ridicule of the most sinister and cruel kind, with associated isolation and rejection at various levels. This second kind of martyrdom affects a person's social, family, career, and economic life in many ways. We have witnessed how clueless imbeciles and treacherous ghouls of secular and liberal politics attack Catholic politicians with even a hint of traditional or conservative flavor like attack dogs smelling fresh meat. As was the case with the early Christians being torn apart by lions or present Christians being decapitated simply for their faith, those assaulting are mindless hypocrites claiming to speak the language of honor, truth, justice, equality, and freedom while actually serving as foot soldiers for ignorance, hatred, and treacherous evil.
The third and final kind of martyrdom that may befall any true Catholic is that leveled against him or her by other Christians or fallen Catholics who resent and reject the traditional beliefs and positions held by that more traditional Catholic. This third and final kind of martyrdom is most dangerous because it manages to inflict pain and suffering while creating the very real illusion that the victim is somehow a confused rebel who is actually standing in the way of what Christ would do rather than promoting or defending what Christ would do. This type of martyrdom is often called "Dry Martyrdom" since there is no blood shed. Yet, one need only look at the serious harm that clueless nuns and priests inflict on true Catholics whenever they open their mouths and spew all sorts of heresy and sacrilege while pretending to be messengers of Christ rather than the messengers of the devil that some have become!
The Second Truth of Martyrdom
As stated above, the second truth of martyrdom tells us that through such suffering any true follower of Christ will be lifted to spiritual, devotional, and moral heights previously unattainable by normal people. If sanctity comes from devotion, humility, and suffering then it is easy to see how martyrdom becomes the vehicle to sanctity for many. Through whatever martyrdom God sends us, we are given the very real opportunity to rise to greater perfection and sanctity than would be otherwise possible! In short, martyrdom in its many forms is the elevator that lifts us to heights of holiness we might not have had any business reaching otherwise, given our human weakness and limitations.
The Third Truth of Martyrdom
Finally, the third and final truth of martyrdom is that God will turn the suffering and pain of martyrdom into sweet nectar which will feed us and which we will actually embrace and seek. That is the great mystery which unbelievers cannot fathom and which allows true followers of Christ to appear almost unnatural and surreal to such unbelievers. How many saints have actually prayed for suffering and persecution knowing that such treatment would only provide them with further closeness to God? It is through such closeness that we grow in holiness because by its nature holiness and sanctity is based in humility, so holiness is not best obtained through actually being sought, but rather as a byproduct of seeking greater proximity to God and Christ. Since it is impossible to get closer to God and Christ without increasing in holiness and sanctity, then, it is easy to see that these beautiful traits are obtained as a byproduct of simply seeking God and Christ and an increasing imitation of Christ.
Once we realize that martyrdom is the true nectar of holiness and sanctity, we will understand why Mother Teresa, for example, once threw herself at the feet of possible murderers seeking to kill her group stating "kill me and I will reach Heaven that much faster!". All of this being said, we must now see that we are all experiencing martyrdom in some form or another today in our own unique ways. Beside this, our martyrdom may increase at any time, such that we must use whatever martyrdom we now experience as a source of strength for future use. Finally, we must realize that by using martyrdom in this positive way, we are driving the evil one to distraction. There is nothing that the devil hates more than having the unpleasant being turned into a positive. He wants us to feel anger, resentment, jealousy, fear, and all of the negative things that a suffering human being will feel. For us to turn those things into kisses from Heaven and vehicles toward Heaven really must be a source of great anger for this prince of evil. Remember that he felt these things on his way out of Heaven, and he has never learned or been capable of turning such things into positives. In other words, when we turn sorrow and suffering into blessings, we are demonstrating a connection to God and Christ that the devil cannot touch and which demonstrates that even fallen human beings are above the devil for they still have the hope for salvation that he has rejected and forever lost!
This world wants us to see suffering and pain as negatives to be avoided and to an extent this is normal because we are human and humans want to avoid these things. However, the devil takes this human trait and extends it into a weapon against the desire to serve God and suffer the consequences of that service. It is at this point that the true follower of Christ will stand up and refuse to play human. The three truths of martyrdom remind us that much is to be gained and only perdition lost by standing up in this way. In short, any true follower of Christ will not only expect martyrdom in some way but actually welcome as confirmation and an opportunity to give the devil another "NO" right to his rebellious and eternally lost face!
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.