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« on: January 16, 2012, 12:53:49 AM »

I've been thinking about this for awhile now and how much in awe I am at the martyrs that sacrificed themselves either by crucifixtion or some form of execution. I wish I had that deep of a spiritual conviction to do the same if the time ever arises. I can't even imagine the agony one must have had to endure.

I wanted to ask a prayer request for those that suffered in the flesh and those that may suffer in the flesh in the future that I hope God is with them and doesn't abandon them when the despair is too much to carry.

Sorry if this comes off as pretentious or dumb, but if I was in that kind of a situation I would hope to have all the prayers I can get to strengthen me.

Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2012, 12:56:52 AM »

For those in those situations, past and present, Lord have mercy!
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2012, 01:02:16 AM »

Lord have mercy!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012, 09:08:35 PM »

Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012, 09:09:56 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2012, 09:14:45 PM »

Lord, have mercy.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012, 01:07:27 PM »

I've been thinking about this for awhile now and how much in awe I am at the martyrs that sacrificed themselves either by crucifixtion or some form of execution. I wish I had that deep of a spiritual conviction to do the same if the time ever arises. I can't even imagine the agony one must have had to endure.

I wanted to ask a prayer request for those that suffered in the flesh and those that may suffer in the flesh in the future that I hope God is with them and doesn't abandon them when the despair is too much to carry.

Lord have mercy.

My limited understanding of Christians who have encountered such trials is that those who have acquired the Holy Spirit fully in the sense of Saint Seraphim of Sarov
http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/sermon_st_seraphim.htm
are protected from pain and are immersed in bliss throughout their trials.
e.g Saint Lawrence who was roated alive supposedly said "Turn me over. I am done on this side."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_of_Rome

Another inspiring account is of the burning of Saint Polycarp who was unharmed by the fire
http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/golden332.htm

As for Christians who were not so full of the Spirit, I would not like to speculate as to whether they suffered greatly or not.
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