Be meek in response to their wrath, humble in opposition to their boasting: to their blasphemies return your prayers; in contrast to their error, be steadfast in the faith; and for their cruelty, manifest your gentleness. (“Epistle to the Ephesians” #10)St. Ignatius was imperfect and sinful, just like us. Yet, as he was being taken to Rome for execution, he encouraged those in Ephesus to recall the message of Christ and embrace it in their lives. St. Ignatius had every reason in the world to be angry, spiteful, and bitter. However, in the midst of horrific persecutions, St. Ignatius reminded the Ephesians that instead of reacting angrily to choose the better path: the path of peace, love, and prayer. The call to holiness is not something that should remain on the shelf, like a lofty, inspirational ideal that we look at and take down every once in a while. We should seek to choose holiness every moment of our days, both on social media and offline. When we feel anger building after noticing a post, comment, or article online, let’s ask ourselves: In our response, how can we be meek and humble? How can we be gentle and prayerful?
Copyright 2020 AnneMarie Miller
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Eagerly seeking new adventures each day, AnneMarie enjoys life in Oklahoma with her husband and little boy. She has a passion for the Faith and particularly loves learning more about the Liturgy, saints, and various devotions. AnneMarie’s musings on Catholicism, literature, and motherhood can be found on her blog, Sacrifice of Love.