The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
For fearlessly rebuking Herod, St. John was thrown into prison. Herodias, the illegitimate wife of Herod, used an unexpected opportunity to obtain through her daughter, Salome, the beheading of the saint who thwarted her criminal passion.
The just shall spring as the lily, and flourish forever before the Lord. — Gradual
The Imitation of Christ
What I have promised I will make good; if only a man continue to the end, faithful in my love.
Telling the truth cost St. John his life. Flattery would have saved him. But he chose rather to tell the truth than to live ignominiously.
Are you given to flattery? Some people call it diplomacy but such diplomats have short-lived prosperity. If you have not the courage to tell people the truth about themselves, at least have the grace to keep silence.