Fortes in fide Print
By John Paul II   
Thursday, 05 May 2011

I never put on my episcopal pectoral Cross carelessly; I always accompany this gesture with a prayer. It has been resting on my chest, beside my heart, for more than forty-five years. To love the Cross is to love sacrifice. The martyrs are a model for this type of love, for example Bishop Michal Kozal. He was ordained a bishop on
August 15, 1939, two weeks before the outbreak of war. He never left his flock, even though he knew what price he would have to pay. He died in the Dachau concentration camp, where he was a model and an inspiration to the priests among his fellow prisoners. . . . There were so many other strong, steadfast bishops who by their example showed the way for others. . . What is their common secret? I think it was their courage to live the faith. They gave priority to their faith in their whole life and in everything they did; a bold and fearless faith, a faith strengthened by trials, a faith with the courage to follow generously every call from God – fortes in fide.   

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