Thursday, March 20, 2008
SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #164
"Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 5:10)FORTITUDE UNDER PERSECUTION: Those suffer persecution for justice sake who patiently and bravely endure scorn, contempt, neglect, poverty and any other penalty rather than give up either faith or virtue. Examples: Abel, Elias, Jeremias, Daniel and his companions, Eleazar, the Machabean brothers, John the Baptist, Stephen, and all martyrs.
[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.](1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)