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Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. — Psalm 100:2
Mass readings: Acts 16:1-10 / John 15:18-21
St. Pancras is the patron saint of my parish where I was baptized as an infant and where I have been serving as lector and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion for many years. St. Pancras was martyred at about age 14 by the Roman Emperor Diocletian for bravely refusing to sacrifice to Roman gods and boldly remaining faithful in his witness to Christ despite Diocletian’s attempted persuasion, bribery and threats. This martyr is a wonderful role model, especially for children and teenagers who need courage to stand up to so many challenges to faith and virtue.
St. Pancras embodies loving obedience to the Lord and prove Jesus’ words for those “who do not belong to the world”: “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, give faith and courage to all young people who face so many challenges
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