Today is the feast of Saint Sixtus II and companions.
Sixtus was elected Pope in 257. Twelve months later, on August 6, as he was celebrating Mass in the catacomb of St Calixtus, he was seized by the authorities and beheaded along with four of his deacons.
Saint Sixtus and his martyrs may have been pushed to martyrdom rather crudely, but their death meant only to prove how much they can show their love to the Ultimate Creator.
As I pause a while and laud them today, I also ask myself how far I can go to show that my passion for God only maneuvers my life.