I never realized how much St. Stephen was the man until after my reversion. Reading through Acts for the first time I felt a certain pride in sharing my name with a man who was so bold in the face of persecution. His martyrdom represents somewhat of a paradox in that Stephen, who the apostles anointed so that they themselves would not have to neglect the Word of God, through his holiness upsets those around him so much that he becomes the protomartyr of the Church. While the apostles who are going about preaching, it is Stephen, a man chosen to attend to the poorer members of the community, whose witness to the Gospel is more than the community can handle. His life is a reminder that regardless of our vocation, we are all called to a radical holiness that both comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.
Today as we reflect on the stoning of St. Stephen and continue our journey through the Acts of the Apostles I hope this portion of “A sermon, a narrative, a prayer” on the martyrdom of Stephen by 20th century Russian composer Igor Stravinsky can help you enter more deeply into this historic event in the life of the Church.
St. Stephen, pray for us.
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://www.ignitumtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Steven-Lawson-e1313151202718.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Steven Lawson is a newly married young adult living in the Diocese of Buffalo NY. After a reversion from agnosticism during a semester working in NYC, he felt called to ministry in the Church and left his dream since youth of working in film and animation. Steven is the founder of Why I’m Catholic, a website designed to bring Catholic conversion stories to the web 2.0, specifically to young adults. During the day Steven works on iCatholicRadio (the first dedicated Catholic radio application for Apple and Android mobile devices) and various other new media outreaches for The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio. [/author_info] [/author]