Topic: In Imitation of Christ Content: St. Stephen is given the grace to die in imitation of Jesus, with the extraordinary help of the Holy Spirit.
Topic: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus Content: St. Stephen, as was the case with St. Peter and St John, begins to experience the graces and trials that Jesus said his disciples would experience.
Topic: The Face of an Angel Content: St. Stephen, the first martyr, begin to experience opposition to his preaching.
Topic: Found Worthy to Suffer for the Name Content: A powerful indicator of the profound transformation of the apostles was their rejoicing over being “found worthy to suffer for the name.”
Topic: We Must Obey God Content: The Holy Spirit transformed the apostles from men who feared men to men who feared God.
Topic: Tell Them Everything about this Life Content: After having been imprisoned, the apostles were instructed by their liberating angel to return to the Temple and teach everyone about the new life they’ve been given in Jesus Christ.
Topic: Great Power and Great Favor Content: The life of the apostles and the early Church was described as living with great power and great favor. What does that mean?
Topic: Psalm 2 Comes Alive Content: The apostles understood the resistance and opposition they experienced from the religious leaders of Israel as a fulfillment of Psalm 2
Topic: The Reign of the King Content: Jesus is a real King or the one Kingdom that will never end.
Topic: Slight Momentary Affliction Content: Life on earth is short, eternity if forever. The glory of this world is fading, the glory of Heaven is forever.