From yesterday's Office of Readings:
"Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands." (Revelation 20:4)
This reading occurs every year, but I doubt that the "I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded" was ever more graphic than it was for me as I read those words last night. It makes one think of the death of St. John the Baptist and St. Paul.
There is great sadness in such horrible acts but with our faith in Christ there is great hope of victory that is not of this world.