Saturday, December 26, 2015

Saint Stephen, the first martyr

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ, 

Saint Stephen, first martyr

"Do not worry about how you are to speak
 or what you are to say." (Matthew 10:19)

 We do not face nearly the penalties that faced the early martyrs, and yet we are so often fearful. We don't know what to say. We are fearful of offending and hurting. 

 Leave it to God! 

 He knows what you should say and He will tell you as you need it. He will let the words come to you as they are needed. You will speak healing and those who hear you shall receive it. 

 Trust God, mighty in all works and full of deep compassion and love.

 Father Ed Bakker, 
 Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province 
 Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne 

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