Jose Thi Dang Le, of Ke Van, Vietnam, attained the rank of a captain in the army of the Vietnamese emperor, Tu Duc. As a Catholic, Jose stood in great danger from the ongoing persecution of Christians promulgated by the emperor. This situation prompted Jose to resign from the military in August of 1859. On January 17, 1860, the emperor issued a further decree against Catholics, condemning Christianity for “luring people into illusion and ignorance.” Twelve days later, Jose was arrested with other Catholic soldiers, whom he encouraged to persevere as they faced imprisonment and torture. Shortly before going to his execution on October 24, Jose was able to receive the last sacraments. Moreover, upon arriving at the execution site, he was given absolution by a priest hiding amid the crowd of spectators. After praying at length on his knees, Jose suffered death by strangulation. A robber whom Jose had converted to the Catholic faith while the two were in prison together was executed with him.
St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church St. Bernard was born of noble parentage in Burgundy, France, in the castle of Fontaines near Dijon. Under the care of his pious parents he was sent at an ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
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By Deacon F.K. Bartels
It is true that the creature loves less because she is less. But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given. To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond; she cannot love so much and not be totally loved, and it is in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes