"What then does the application of [the image of the Good Shepherd] to priesthood suggest that priests are called to be? People who grow to be like Christ in their faithful service of their flocks even to the point of sacrificing their own lives. Priests are to know their people; to foster their unity; to give them life, and abundantly; to lay down their lives for them. In so doing they will mirror the life of obedience and sacrifice of Christ, and so make that a reality among those whom they serve".
- Fr Christopher Gray (CoR 1989-92); murdered in front of his own vicarage in Liverpool, 13 August 1996. *
Tertullian said that "The blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church". We are living in the age of many new Martyrs. Christians are called to pray, and to Pray without ceasing. To pray for Peace, to pray not to condemn, but to forgive. To pray that God will soften the hearts of those who commit violence. To pray that God's kingdom may come, and soon.