“I don’t know if Father Hamel had the chance to speak any last words to his flock as the terrorists stormed into his sanctuary. But I do know that any faithful pastor wouldn’t need to say much in his final benediction. To fulfill the final task of his job, all he’d need to do was look at the sheep he’d forgiven throughout the years and tell them, ‘Don’t be afraid. These men have come here to take our lives, but they’re too late. Our lives already belong to Christ.’”
Father Hamel is now numbered among all the faithful priests who have gained the crown of martyrdom down through the centuries.