This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“Love the Lord, all his saints” (Psalm 31:24).
Reflection: Many of the saints we honor today were martyrs. But what is the difference between martyrdom and suicide? It is the difference between giving and taking. In suicide, one takes his own life, pretending to be the master of it. In martyrdom, one realizes that only God is master of his life, and therefore that he cannot hold on to that life at the cost of betraying God. Martyrdom is the very opposite of suicide.
Prayer: Lord, as we honor your saints, grant that we may build a world that acknowledges you alone as the Master of life and death. Amen.