Who is Saint Stephen?

Who is Saint Stephen?

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Tradition tells us – He was the first Martyr of the Church.

We’re puzzled that in the joy of the Christmas Season, we are thrown into the reality of what it means to be a witness for Christ.

The word Martyr means simple – a witness.

As I listened to the reading from the Acts of the Apostles this morning we cannot help but marvel at what the early Christians suffered for the name of the little child who’s birth we celebrated just a few hours ago.

Christ came into the world to serve, not to be served.

During this Octave of Christmas, we will contemplate the Child Jesus, but we are really reminded,

Thanks to feasts that the Church has fixed during this time, to remind of our duty to live the Christian life.

Once a year we think about St. Stephen, once a year we think of the Holy Innocent Children, who gave their lives for Jesus, without evening know it.

We know that St. Stephen was a deacon – we know that Stephen was zealous for the word of God, we know that Stephen prayed for his persecutors.

We know that a pillar of the Church was responsible for Stephen’s death.

We see the character of another zealous individual in Saul.

We see in this witness the paving of the road for Saul’s conversion.

St. Stephen’s witness is a perfect example how what it means when we say, “Some did the sowing, others did the reaping but it is God who provided the growth.”

We will never know how many souls were transformed because of St. Stephen’s fervent witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We will never know how many people have been converted through the years because of his witness and the witness of many other saints.

Today we celebrate the day when heaven opened its gates to the very first witness for Christ.

We, even in the midst of this joy of Christmas, can see that this feast isn’t a sad day.

It is the birthday of a Saint in heaven.

Today we have examples in our own time of the many Christians we are giving of their lives for their faith.

On this day we remember them as well.

We know that they have marched into the heaven for being martyrs just like St. Stephen was martyred for his faith.

We should look forward to the day when we too can see our God face to face.

 

Let’s continue to have a Merry Christmas

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Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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