The young are so idealistic, I got a nineteen year old to write the "Bidding Prayers" yesterday, the first left me feeling a little queezey ...
Let us pray that like St Philip, Bishop Kieran and the priests of our... all that disembowelling at Tyburn, being "chained in prisons dark". A quick assassins bullet, but mention electricity, or searing flesh, mutilation, cold even ..., difficult.
diocese will prefer death that denying Christ or his Church.
I remember an Italian priest preaching that if the Church is not being persecuted, we should question whether she is really being the Church. If a bishop or a priest is not suffering for the faith it could be he is not preaching it, certainly he is not living the life of self-offering that is meant by the phrase "priest of Jesus Christ".
He said, one of the charisms of the Church is martyrdom, one of the gifts of Christ to his Church is the Cross, and we should pray for it.
Pray for priests, pray for me, pray even harder for bishops!