Fra Giovanni da Fiesole known as Fra Angelico (1395-1455), Capture and Stoning of Saint Stephen, lunette of the upper portion of the Stories of Saint Stephen and Saint Lawrence, fresco, 1448-1449, Vatican Apostolic Palace, Niccoline Chapel (Pope Nicholas V 1447-1455. © Musei Vaticani
A believer “suffers for righteousness’ sake” when,
in exchange for his fidelity to God,
he experiences humiliations, maltreatment,
derision from his own, and misunderstanding
even from the persons dearest to him.
When he exposes himself to opposition,
he risks unpopularity or other unpleasant consequences.
Yet he is always ready for any sacrifice, since
“we must obey God rather than men”.
(Pope John Paul II, Homily in Bydgoszcz, 7 June 1999)
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