June 30

First-Martyrs-of-the-Church-of-Rome.jpgO Jesus Christ, the first martyrs of the Church of Rome were unnamed Christians who were brutally killed by Nero.  They were forced to wear animal skins and hunted, and they were made into living torches to brighten the road on which Nero traveled.  I ask these martyrs to pray for me when I am in fear.  Give me strength, O Lord, from their example of courage.  Deliver me from all the fears I have: the petty ones, the hidden ones, and the most paralyzing ones.  Fear causes us to believe lies about ourselves and stops us from growing, but Your love casts out all fear.  Help me to “be not afraid!”  Holy first martyrs of the Church of Rome, pray for me.  Amen.

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