Today we celebrate the feast day of the first Roman martyrs, the first who paid the ultimate price. They died for their love of the Church, their love of Christ, their faith, their vocations. They died for it all. What have we done lately? I wonder if sometimes we are tempted to think that the prices we pay to follow our Church’s teachings and practices and vocations are so ridiculously high, so taxing, so unreasonable. Fr. Jonathan Morris, the FOX News priest correspondent, tweeted this yesterday: “Walking down Broadway and 22nd St just now, I ran into gay marriage parade. Two men walked by and spat on me. Oh well… I deserve worse.” Even being spit at is nothing compared to the price the martyrs paid. Perhaps we need only look at the martyrs to put it all in perspective. Our sacrifices are real and they must be, but the martyrs summon us to do more, to give till it hurts, to love Jesus and his Church and our vocations to death.