Not everyone will be called to give up their physical lives to God. Though we are all called to die to ourselves. Meaning to give up all our evil ways and imitate the virtues of Christ, and do the will of our Heavenly Father. Now that’s been said, martyrs do have a special place in Gods’ heart. It is only natural to think that.
1 John 3:16. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
To follow Jesus is not an easy task. It’s both full of joy and sorrow. The joy in our Lord is our strength. We can conquer all things through the merits of Jesus Christ. We have to learn to deny ourselves the passions of our flesh, which is hard enough. But when we see how many lost souls there are, who will go to hell if they are not rescued in time, is a very painful truth to a true believer of Christ. They would naturally want to do what they can to help them saved. Even if all they can do is pray and fast for them.
I was watching a video of true martyrs being tortured. It sadden me to think people can be so cruel to another human being. I was saddened all day long. So I eventually turn to the Lord and this is what He had to say to me. “I want you to repeat after me, that the more souls willing to sacrifice their lives for me, I will shower mercy on continents.”
Many people might have difficulty believing God said that to me. Have your own way. God doesn’t always say what you want Him to. I am however perfectly happy with that statement. I have read a book “The Way of Divine Love.” Many years ago, by Sister Josefa Menendez. Tan Publication. That book changed my whole life around. It is still available on the internet if you want to purchase it for yourself. It will open your eyes wide. It gave me a real look at the graces God gives to somebody who is selfless and willing to pay any price to save souls for God. She was a living sacrifice for God and God alone. I wish I can be like her. Her life influenced me to offer myself up to God, to become a martyr for Gods intentions. I tell you what, no sooner I offered up myself, Jesus appeared and He was so happy. I believe He was carrying His cross, but I am not so sure, because I was more interested in what He was looking at. Even though I couldn’t see it, I believe He was looking at all the souls that will benefit from my sacrifice.
Many will probably argue that Jesus redeem all mankind, why would He want us to offer ourselves to become martyrs to save souls. I tell you the book I mention earlier would explained it far better than I can. All I know is any kind of sacrifice we offer up cheerfully with faith can move mountains, including saving stubborn souls. Jesus wants us to imitate Him as much as possible. It is true God is setting up safe havens, for these times and many of Gods children will go there and be safe from persecutions. God wants me to put them at peace, who maybe feeling guilty that they are not able to be martyrs for the salvation of souls. They will be used by God mightily according to their faith. God will continually bath them with His love. And He doesn’t want you to be sorry, but be at peace.
For those who are to become martyrs for God, my advice is pray every day for yourself and current and future martyrs, to persevere to the end. Pray that they will receive all the graces they need to be strong and faithful in the Lord. God gives mercy to those who are merciful. If we look after Gods interest He will look after ours, as the saying goes. What I saw in that video was horrific and it would be unkind not to pray for them also.