The red that a cardinal wears is supposed to point to a willingness to shed their blood. The ritual used to create new cardinals of the Roman Church refers to the wearing of the color red as a sign of the blood of the martyrs.

Pope Saint John Paul II taught; “Red is a sign of the dignity of the office of a cardinal, signifying that you are ready to act with fortitude, even to the point of spilling your blood for the increase of the Christian faith” (1998).

Cardinal Pizzaballa’s words of availability are impactful. Read the article.

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.

This deeply moves me.