Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, O.F.S. because he did what he knew to be right, when the world told him he was wrong.
He was beheaded by the Nazis for being a conscientious objector. His village thought he was wrong. His country thought he was wrong. The military told him he was wrong. The political authorities told him he was wrong. A priest told him he was wrong. His bishop refused to support him. His well-formed conscience told him he was right.
He was right.
"Just as the man who thinks only of this world does everything Possible to make life here easier and better, so must we, too, who believe in the eternal Kingdom, risk everything in order to receive a great reward there. Just as those who believe in National Socialism tell themselves that their struggle is for survival, so must we, too, convince ourselves that our struggle is for the eternal Kingdom. But with this difference: we need no rifles or pistols for our battle, but instead, spiritual weapons–and the foremost among these is prayer… Through prayer, we continually implore new grace from God, since without God’s help and grace it would be impossible for us to preserve the Faith and be true to His commandments…
“Let us love our enemies, bless those who curse us, pray for Those who persecute us. For love will conquer and will endure for all eternity. And happy are they who live and die in God’s love.”