Today is the feast of St Lawrence, brutally martyred.
Martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith: it means bearing witness even unto death. The martyr bears witness to Christ who died and rose, to whom he is united by charity. He bears witness to the truth of the faith and of Christian doctrine. He endures death through an act of fortitude. “Let me become the food of the beasts, through whom it will be given me to reach God.” (CCC2473)
We should all take time to ponder our own martyrdom, because the time may come when we are called to give up absolutely everything for the sake of Christ.