So let’s say I’m at church and the guy in the row behind me is hacking, wheezing, and coughing up a lung. If I shake his hand and catch pneumonia and die, does that make me a martyr?
Ordinarily what I’d do in this situation is find a reason to busy myself with my children during the entire Sign of Peace and thus avoid shaking hands with anyone. But it’s occuring to me (as it once occurred to Saint Teresa of Avila) that if I could get martyred, it would be an easy way of getting into Heaven. No need for all that virtue and grace stuff. Fairly little suffering and mortification.
No one local slaughters Christians, but maybe I could just die for the sake of Peace.
What say you?