February 1 is the feast day of two Daughters of Charity, martyred during the French Revolution: Sister Marie-Anne Vaillot and Sister Odile Baumgarten. Spend a few minutes experiencing their illustrated story in this presentation from VinFormation. Click here for more viewing options, or to download as a PDF file.
Ever since St. Stephen was stoned to death outside Jerusalem, many Christians have suffered and died for the sake of Christ. The lives of the martyrs remind us that:
- the spiritual battle is real
- we can and should stand for God, no matter the circumstances
- it is possible to remain strong in the face of persecution
- as Vincentians we strive to be deeply involved in the cares and sorrows of our neighbor, which can call for personal sacrifices and suffering on our part
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” – John 15:19
“Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man…” -Luke 6:22