St. Justin — Martyr April 14

As a pagan philosopher, St. Justin examined the pagan philosophical systems and found only error and false wisdom. Then he examined the word of the Crucified God and became a Christian. He became celebrated especially by two Apologies which he had the courage to address to the persecuting emperors.

Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor, O Lord. And madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands. Matins, Verse and Answer

The Imitation of Christ
Jesus Christ alone is singly to be loved; for He alone is found good and faithful above all friends.
When Christ promised that the “gates of hell would not prevail against the Church,” that promise was God’s own promise. You note that always when persecution arises, there are great leaders in the Church who defend the Church’s cause and lead her children to safety.
Pray for perseverance in your faith. We are told that we must earn this latter grace; that God grants it to those only who ask it.
Lord, increase our faith.