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The sound of Alleluias fills the 50 days of Easter Sunday to Pentecost as we give thanks for the gift of our salvation. The Easter Triduum recalls the passion and resurrection of Christ in the sacred journey from Holy Thursday to Easter Vigil. "Dying he destroyed our death. Rising he restored our life."
Justin, a layman, lived in the very early years of the Church. He was a great teacher and his writings remain with us today. He was an historian who wrote about the Christian faith. He explained the Eucharist and other celebrations, to help many people come to the faith. He often debated pagan scholars of the day, and was eventually tortured and killed because of that. We honor him today for this great contribution to the Church.
Justin searched for a time before finding God. Once he had found God, he kept the faith even to death. Although martyrdom may not be the fate of any of us, we should be prepared to defend our faith at any given moment.