Today is the feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr. He was a man of great faith, selected by the apostles to be one of the first deacons. In those days, as today, a deacon was given both the ministry of charity to those in need, and the proclamation of God’s Word. It was in the second of these duties that Stephen ran afoul of the leaders of the synagogue, leading to his stoning to death. His courage in proclaiming the gospel is an example to all of us.
St. Stephen, pray for us.