I once read that there was a person who felt a certain envy for the early martyrs of the Church.
Where most people feel fear, the author felt a sort of romantic stirring at the thought of dying before a firing squad in some filthy, anti-Christian hellhole, singing the Creed.
There are places, even today, where Christians get such opportunities forced upon them on far too regular a basis. Many despotisms still exist where Christians are butchered for their faith by the thousands each year. So it’s easy to think of the gift of fortitude as primarily having to do with screwing up your courage and facing some ghastly martyrdom like St. Lawrence roasting on a red hot griddle and gallantly...READ MORE