St. Ignatius was a disciple of St. John. Given his choice between apostasy or death, he chose the latter, rejoicing in the fact that he was soon to merit the martyrs’ crown. He was devoured by wild beasts in the Roman amphitheater.
I am the wheat of Christ; may I be ground by the teeth of beasts, that I may be found pure bread. — Communion
The Imitation of Christ
Learn to suffer in little things now, that then thou mayst be delivered from more grievous sufferings.
Tradition says that this saint was the little child whom our Lord set in the midst of the Apostles the time He said “Unless you become as this little child, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
We often think we would be martyrs, too, for Christ. How much inconvenience can we endure for Him without complaint? The weather is too cold, the teachers are too cross, our parents are too strict, etc. And we think we could have wild animals eating us while still alive. Today, we will not complain that we froze an ear last winter and now have chilblains, etc.
It is easy to give advice from a safe port.