St. John Before the Lateran Gate
The Emperor Domitian caused St. John to be brought to Rome and condemned him to be plunged into a cauldron of boiling oil. But St. John by a striking miracle, came forth from the torment more healthy and vigorous than before.
This is the disciple whom Jesus loved, who leaned on the Lord’s breast at supper. — Third Responsory
The Imitation of Christ
Although thou shouldst have been rapt to the third heaven with St. Paul, thou art not thereby secured that thou shall suffer no adversity: I, said Jesus, will show him how great things he must suffer for My Name.
St. John suffered the pains of martyrdom right outside the city of Rome, but he did not die, as you know. Today the Church keeps the feast commemorating his martyrdom.
When your baby sister draws what she calls a picture and gives it to your mother saying “Mother, I drew this picture for you, and you are the only one who may have it,” your mother hugs her and loves her — for what? Because she had the intention to please her very much. We cannot do anything really worthy of God, but, like little children, we can draw our awkward pictures and give them to Him, our loving desire to please Him shining in our soul all the while.
Our heart is restless until it rests in Thee.