Saint Cecily – our contemporary
Our world consumes us and itself with crazy speed. We are caught up in this ever accelerating speed of…of what? Whatever our answer is, it is about forgetting our truer self. Today’s commemoration of Saint Cecily strikes us. Encountering this third century martyr, the way in which she lived, prayed, and died is a genuine reawakening. We sense a harmony in her personality. When she tells her husband that she consecrated her life to God, the young husband, Valerian, mirrors back her inner harmony. ‘There is an angel of God watching over me. If you touch me in the way of marriage, he will be angry with you; if not, he will protect you.’ She was accepted by Valerian.
When Cecily was tortured, he answered to the threats of the prefect: ‘Do you not know that I am the bride of my Lord Jesus Christ’? This is the point when the thin ice of the superficiality our world breaks under us. We are, in an instant, in the deepest connection with the freshness of the emerging Church. There is something extraordinary vitality of this Christian spring. When Christ’s presence was a real-time and full presence. The freshness and full face value of the words, faith and everyday witness, is the core of ‘the catholicity of faith’. Let us re-think our faith, let us share our lives in this ‘trans-historical’ conversation with the early martyrs of the Church. We can learn to welcome Christ and sense his presence, and love His words!
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..