What Can One Person Do?

William Barclay tells the story (also found in Foxes’ Book of Martyrs) of Telemachus, a monk who lived in Asia Minor in the late fourth century AD. One day, Telemachus sensed that the Holy Spirit was encouraging him to leave his desert community and go to Rome. He believed that if he was to serve God he must also serve man, so he went to a place where there was much need. When Telemachus arrived in Rome he was caught up into a celebration of a recent victory by the Roman Legions over the Goths. As a part of a holiday festival a circus was being staged to honor the victorious general, Stilicho, who rode in triumph through the streets with the young Christian Emperor Honorius by his side. Telemachus was swept along by the crowds and soon found himself in the Coliseum filled with 80,000 people. The gladiatorial games still lingered from Rome’s pagan heritage. No longer were the Christians fed to the lions, but men still fought shamelessly and violently to the death while the crowds cheered them on with blood-lust. Continue reading “What Can One Person Do?”