Let’s be clear from the start: I don’t ACTUALLY think that the martyrs had it easy. I had a poor woman yell at me on YouTube that I should be ashamed of myself for mocking them. As I’m sure you can all figure out on your own, the title is meant to catch you attention and make a larger point.
That larger point? Don’t elevate the martyrs so high that we diminish what is often MUCH harder in everyday lives. The martyrs suffered for a few minutes, but some people suffer day in and day out in their ordinary lives for Christ. One need not do something heroic to be a faithful witness of the faith. Pope Francis reminds us that we are all called to holiness, and many people, many non-martyrs, show it every day.