December 26

Feast of Saint Stephen, The First Martyr 


Take time today to learn about Christianity's first martyr.


"Whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it" (Lk 9:24).


In today's first reading, St. Stephen is described as filled with grace and power. Pray that you may be a true disciple of the Lord. 


Pope Francis has spoken about what it means to be a "daily martyr," and the sacrifices we might regularly make for our loved ones. Make a list of the ways you serve your family, spouse, children, parents, etc. and see if you might be able to add more things to that list in the coming days. 

Ukrainian decorations are held aloft at a Christmas tree lighting a the Vatican. CNS Photo/Paul Haring