Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Artwork:  University of Scranton Public Relations Office

Today, while we read of the sacrifices of early martyrs in the 2nd Book of Maccabbes, I would like to offer you the reflection of a 3rd year law student, Daniel Ramirez, at Creighton University.  Creighton is the Jesuit university in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Society of Jesus in the USA and other Latino countries celebrate the martyrdoms of several proclaimed saints as well as the lives of six Jesuits and two associates, a mother and daughter, who were martyred in El Salvador.  These recent martyrdoms impacted Daniel.  I wish to share his reflection that he prepared for the Daily Reflections mission of Creighton University and its Jesuit Community.  Clicking on the word LINK should bring you to Daniel's reflection.   What is important to me is that martyrdom is not an old world, primitive experience only.  It happens every year throughout the world when men and women offer their lives in support of their faith and its call to the followers of Jesus Christ to practice faith and justice.  During this month when we remember the Holy Souls, let us not forget the men and women who have been called to offer their lives in sacrifice for their faith even though these martyrs may not yet have been raised to the community of Church-recognize honors.   Thank you, Daniel, for your insights and willingness to share your thoughts and emotions on this day.