Daily homily thoughts, 7/20

Today we celebrate the memorial of Saint Apollinaris, a bishop and martyr.  He was sent by Peter to be the first bishop of Ravenna, Italy.  He preached the Gospel so well that he infuriated the pagans, leading them to beat and exile him.  But he returned.  Not once, not twice, but three times.  Every time he returned, the pagans beat him and sent him away.  The last time he returned, he was martyred.  May the Lord give us courage to do what must be done in the face of evil.