For Pentecost, is it worth remembering that the burden of the Holy Spirit is an honor and a danger. Every one of the Apostles except St. John the Evangelist died a martyr’s death.
- Peter was crucified upside down
- James the Great (Son of Zebedee) was beheaded
- James the Younger was cast off the Southeast pinnacle of the Temple. When the 100 foot drop did not fully kill him, he was beaten to death with clubs.
- Andrew was crucified on an X shaped cross after being scourged. He preached to his tormentors to his last breath.
- Bartholomew had his skin flayed off
- Jude Thaddeus was shot through with arrows
- Simon the Zealot was crucified
- Phillip was beheaded
- Thomas was stabbed to death with a spear
- Matthias was stoned then beheaded.
- Matthew was killed with a sword
- John the Evangelist was thrown into a vat of boiling oil. When he miraculously survived he was sent to prison on the Isle of Patmos where he died years later.
- Mark was dragged to death by horses.
- Luke was hanged to death
- Paul was beheaded
The blog for the Archdiocese of Washington is the source for this list, and the following meditation:
What will you suffer for handing on the faith? The martyrs went to death to proclaim Christ but some us cannot bear if some one merely raises an eyebrow at us or scoffs. Merely being less popular or excluded from the world’s admiration is too high a price for many. The next time you recite the Creed at Mass remember those words are written with blood. The next time you kids protest going to Church or your teenager scorns the faith you insist they practice, remember that others have faced far more formidable does than an unhappy child. The next time you are challenged for your faith and merely have to risk ridicule, remember others suffered (and still suffer) prison. Many were (and still are) killed for it.