On Friday, we celebrate the feast of St. Ursula, 4th century martyr revered by St. Angela Merici for her faith and courage. We’ve previously offered resources here about who Ursula is and tips one can learn from her life. There’s also a short video that cimg5037situates her among other holy women important in our Ursuline story. 

Pope Francis has said about martyrs: “These are the lifeblood of the Church; these are the ones that carry the Church forward, the witnesses, who attest that Jesus is Risen, that Jesus is alive, and they bear witness through the consistency of their life. . . . The Church needs their witness now, just as much as at the beginning of Christianity when ‘Peter the coward’ became ‘courageous’ after Christ’s death and resurrection.”

Who are the martyrs, early or modern day, who inspire you? How in your own life circumstances are you called to a martyr’s love, to give witness in your everyday fidelity that Jesus is truly Risen and alive?