Exploring the depths of Christmas through St. Stephen, the first martyr

 
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Feast of Saint Stephen, the first Martyr, based on Acts 6:8-10,7:54-59

Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and others of those from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen. But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

  When they heard these things, they became enraged and ground their teeth at Stephen. But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Kieran Healy, OP

Fr. Kieran directs retreats and welcomes visitors to St. Benedict Lodge, a retreat house of the friar's Province of the Holy Name in the woods of Oregon. In addition to retreats and camping, St. Benedict's is a house of prayer for those who would like some quiet time, a chance to participate in the daily prayer of the church, or just take advantage of the beautiful setting. In the past, Fr. Kieran has worked a pastor, a retreat director, a campus minister in both the United States and Kenya, and most recently as the student master of the Province of the Most Holy Name.