In the year 107 A.D., Emperor Trajan forced Christians to choose between death and apostasy. St. Ignatius of Antioch would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to death by lions in the Circus Maximus. Not to his own suffering did Ignatius draw attention, but to the love of God which strengthened him. He knew the price of commitment and would not deny Christ, even to save his own life. One of his quotes: "We have not only to be called Christians, but to BE Christians."
St. Ignatius of Antioch - 1st century convert, Bishop of Antioch and martyr for the faith. Is said to have been the first to use the phrase "The Catholic Church". Gave his life for his faith & wrote to encourage other Christians. St. Ignatius of Antioch, help me to be fearless in my convictions. May I live life according to God's plan and with his reward as my goal. Amen
St. Ignatius of Antioch, feast day oct 17, "I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire."
St. Ignatius of Antioch (50 – 117 C.E.) • One of the earliest Church Fathers. Ignatius was a Christian martyr, arrested by provincial authorities under the Emperor Trajan and torn apart by wild beasts in the Colosseum for the amusement of the Roman mob.