Tagged: Martyrs

St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions, Martyrs

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and martyr, and companions. This group of 117 Vietnamese martyrs were canonized on June 19, 1988 by Pope John Paul II. St. Andrew Dung-Lac, whose name was originally Dung An Trân,was born about 1795 in a poor and pagan family in Bac-Ninh in North Vietnam. When he was twelve the family moved to Hà-Nôi...

Seven Quick Takes: Fall Blessings

1. We have been blessed with beautiful fall weather here and I have been walking outdoors a lot enjoying the beauty of God in nature. Above are photos of the lake, which I view from my walking path. Below that is the path I walked on today.   2. Our neighborhood has the most beautiful trees. Here is a photo I took of one my favorite...

Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko: Priest and Martyr

Image: Father Jerzy Popiełuszko Today is the feast of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko (1947 – 1984), a young Polish priest who celebrated a regular “Mass for the Homeland” in which he spoke openly and honestly about the evils of Communism—the mistreatment of workers, the random arrests, the savagery of the police, and the hunger and hardship so many families experienced on a daily basis. Fr. Jerzy...

St. Luke: Healer and Herald of Christ’s Merciful Love

By Jean M. Heimann October 18 is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. It is believed that he was born a Greek and a gentile. A physician at Antioch, and a painter, St. Luke became a convert of Saint Paul and afterwards his fellow-evangelizer. Luke was the writer of the Gospel and its “companion volume,” the Acts of the Apostles, and has been identified...

St. Ignatius of Antioch: Bishop and Martyr

By Jean M. Heimann St. Ignatius of Antioch ( c. 50 – c.107), whose feast we celebrate on October 17, was an early Church Father, bishop, and martyr. Tradition tells us that he was a convert and a disciple of the Apostle Saint John. Ignatius was born in Syria during the 1st century and was surnamed Theophorus, which means “the God-Bearer.” When he became the...

Saints Cosmas and Damian, Physicians and Martyrs

Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Dressing a Chest Wound by Antoine de Favray Photo Credit: Welcome Library September 26 is the optional memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian. Cosmas and Damian were twin bothers born in Syria in the third century. They were also doctors, and they became known as “the holy money-less ones” because they cared for the sick free of charge. The strange...

St. Andrew Kim Taegon, St. Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions

September 20 is the memorial of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, priest and martyr, St. Paul Chong, martyr, and companions. During the persecutions of 1839, 1846, 1866, and 1867, one hundred and three Christians in Korea gave their lives as martyrs. The martyrs included clergy, but were, for the most part, members of the laity. They consecrated the rich beginnings of the Church in Korea with...

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr

August 24 is the feast of Saint Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles who is mentioned only a few times in the Synoptic Gospels. While Matthew, Mark, and Luke all include Bartholomew as an apostle, John’s gospel does not mention him, but refers to a Nathaniel, whom ancient writers and Catholic tradition have identified as Bartholomew. The name (Bartholomaios) means “son of Talmai”, which was...

Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Image: Saint Lawrence crowned by Baby Jesus By Jean M. Heimann Today is the feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr. Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of the Church of Rome. In 258, he was martyred along with Pope Sixtus II and other deacons. St. Lawrence was in charge of caring for the poor and had a great love for the destitute and...

Saint Sixtus II and Companions, Martyrs

Saint Lawrence Receiving the Treasures of the Church from Pope Sixtus II August 7 is the optional memorial of Saint Sixtus II and his companions, Felicissimus and Agapitus, deacons. Pope Sixtus II was one of the first victims of the persecution under the Emperor Valerian. Saint Sixtus II was a Greek philosopher and an adult convert to Christianity who became a deacon in Rome. He...