Memorial of Saint Justin Martyr
St Justin is a great saint for our times. He began his life as a pagan, and somewhere along the line became interested in philosophy. To be a philosopher in the 1st century was to be someone seeking a deeper interior life, seeking to discover the truth of the cosmos and find one’s place in it. Justin went from teacher to teacher, always unsatisfied. His heart was burning with a desire for a truth he could not name.
Justin died a martyr, confessing to his last breath the true God was revealed through Jesus Christ. Among his last words were, in response to the command to sacrifice to the Emperor: “No one in his right mind gives up piety for impiety.” What a simple and strong faith! Let us seek God with the same fervor and devotion – always remembering that we must heed Scripture and Tradition to find the truth about life that we so deeply desire.