Today we observe the feast day of St. Ignatius of Antioch.
St. Ignatius, whose greek name, Theophorus, means ‘God-Bearer’, suffered a martyr’s death when after 40 years of pastoring his flock, he was taken to the ampitheatre in Rome where he was devoured by 2 ferocious lions.
A part of me is in awe of such faith that he would, up to the end, even facing the most grizliest of deaths, not deny his Christian Faith….and another part of me say’s ‘Silly man, that had to have hurt!!!!’.
Oh, for such a heart of faith that I would so staunchly defend my Lord and Saviour!