Today's Saint (January 24): Timothy, Bishop and Martyr
Timothy was Saint Paul's companion, and the recipient of Paul's letters which bear his name.
After Paul was martyred in Rome, some thirty years later Timothy suffered the same fate, being stoned to death at Ephesus for having denounced the worship of the goddess Diana.
As goddess worship has enjoyed a resurgence and has many devotees in our day, Timothy is a saint for our time, giving us an example of a person that "endureth temptation, for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." (The day's epistle, page F2, People Anglican Missal)
Books Worth Considering
The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
Fox's Book of Martyrs
Their Blood Cries Out
Reason Is Beguiled: On the Mystery of Martyrdom and of Total Self Gift
By Their Blood: Christian Martyrs of the Twentieth Century
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church