Daily homily thoughts, 6/12

Today’s readings about persecution and sufferings have me thinking about these words from St. Ignatius of Antioch, which are the last few sentences from the second reading of Matins today: “May nothing visible or invisible rob me of my prize, which is Jesus Christ! The fire, the cross, packs of wild beasts, lacerations, rendings, wrenching of bones, mangling of limbs, crushing of the whole body, the horrible tortures of the devil—let all these things come upon me, if only I may gain Jesus Christ!”  AMEN!