Condemned to be thrown to the beasts to entertain spectators, a Christian (Ignatius of Antioch [c. A.D. 100]) wrote:
I am God’s wheat
and shall be ground by the teeth of wild beasts,
so that I may become God’s pure bread.
Pray to Christ for me….
The time for my birth is close at hand.
(Link, Mark S.J., The Seventh Trumpet, Tabor Publishing, Allen, TX, pg 5)