First, the account of the martyrdom of Polycarp. Now, Polycarp was a true man – courageous and faithful. The account is a great read, and all the better for being true. Do I glory in the murder of a saint? No, I glory in his witness to his King, even unto death. I will glory in a man who, while being persuaded to renounce Christ to save his life, said:
“Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He never did me any injury: how then can I blaspheme my King and my Saviour?”
There is more – go read for yourself.
Second, in the introduction to the writings of Ignatius, the editor pulled out a number of proverbs he wrote. Judge for yourselves if these are not good advice:
- Find time to pray without ceasing.
- Every wound is not healed with the same remedy.
- Stand like a beaten anvil.
- It is the part of a good athlete to be bruised and to prevail.
- Slight not the menservants and the handmaids.
- Let your stewardship define your work.