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Thought for the Day – 24 November – The Martyrs’ share in Christ’s victory

Thought for the Day – 24 November – The Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

The Martyrs’ share in Christ’s victory

Saint Paul Le-Bao-Tinh (1793-1857) – Priest & Martyr

An excerpt from Letter to the Seminarians of Ke-Vinh

I, Paul, in chains for the name of Christ, wish to relate to you the trials besetting me daily, in order that you may be inflamed with love for God and join with me in His praises, for His mercy is for ever.   The prison here is a true image of everlasting hell:  to cruel tortures of every kind—shackles, iron chains, manacles—are added hatred, vengeance, calumnies, obscene speech, quarrels, evil acts, swearing, curses, as well as anguish and grief.   But the God who once freed the three children from the fiery furnace is with me always, He has delivered me from these tribulations and made them sweet, for His mercy is for ever.

In the midst of these torments, which usually terrify others, I am, by the grace of God, full of joy and gladness, because I am not alone—Christ is with me.

Our Master bears the whole weight of the cross, leaving me only the tiniest, last bit.   He is not a mere onlooker in my struggle but a contestant and the victor and champion in the whole battle.   Therefore upon His head is placed the crown of victory and his members also share in His glory.

How am I to bear with the spectacle, as each day I see emperors, mandarins and their retinue blaspheming Your holy name, O Lord, who are enthroned above the Cherubim and Seraphim?   Behold, the pagans have trodden Your cross underfoot!   Where is Your glory?   As I see all this, I would, in the ardent love I have for You, prefer to be torn limb from limb and to die as a witness to Your love.

O Lord, show Your power, save me, sustain me, that in my infirmity Your power may be shown and may be glorified before the nations, grant that I may not grow weak along the way and so allow Your enemies to hold their heads up in pride.

Beloved brothers, as you hear all these things may you give endless thanks in joy to God, from whom every good proceeds, bless the Lord with me, for His mercy is forever.   My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for He has looked with favour on His lowly servant and from this day all generations will call me blessed, for His mercy is forever.

O praise the Lord, all you nations, acclaim Him all you peoples, for God chose what is weak in the world to confound the strong, God chose what is low and despised to confound the noble.   Through my mouth He has confused the philosophers who are disciples of the wise of this world, for His mercy is forever.

I write these things to you in order that your faith and mine may be united.  In the midst of this storm, I cast my anchor toward the throne of God, the anchor that is the lively home in my heart.

Beloved brothers, for your part, so run, that you may attain the crown, put on the breastplate of faith and take up the weapons of Christ for the right hand and for the left, as my patron Saint Paul has taught us.   It is better for you to enter life with one eye or crippled than, with all your members intact, to be cast away.

Come to my aid with your prayers, that I may have the strength to fight according to the law and indeed to fight the good fight and to fight until the end and so finish the race.  We may not again see each other in this life but we will have the happiness, of seeing each other again, in the world to come, when, standing at the throne of the spotless Lamb, we will together join in singing His praises and exult forever in the joy of our triumph.   Amen

St ANDREW DUNG-LAC & ALL VIETNAMESE MARTYRS, PRAY for US!st andrew dung lac and all vietnames martyrs pray for us 24 nov 2018


Quote of the Day – 24 November – The Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest and Companions, Martyrs

Quote of the Day – 24 November – The Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest and Companions, Martyrs

“The hottest places in hell
are reserved for those who,
in a period of moral crisis,
maintain their neutrality.”

Dante Alighieri (c 1265-1321)the hottest places in hell are reserved dante 24 nov 2018 mem of the vietnamese martyrs


One Minute Reflection – 24 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 20:27–40

One Minute Reflection – 24 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 20:27–40 – Saturday of the Thirty Third Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – The Memorial of St Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions, Vietnam Martyrs

“Now he is not God of the dead but of the living;  for all live to him.”...Luke 20:38

REFLECTION – “ Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the earthly one.   The first man was from the earth, earthly;  the second man from heaven.   ” If we thus act, beloved, then we shall nevermore die in time to come. Even though our bodies may decay, we shall be living in Christ as he himself affirmed: “Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”   We are assured, on the witness of our Lord Himself, that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the saints are alive.   For it was concerning them that our Lord said:  “All are alive for him, for he is not God of the dead but of the living.”   And the apostle Paul said, speaking of himself:  “For me, life is Christ, death gain. I long to depart and be with Christ.”   And again:  “So long as we are in the body, we are away from the Lord  . For indeed, we walk by faith, not by sight.”   This is what we believe, my dearest brethren.   Besides:  “If we have placed our hope in this world only, we are the most pitiable people of all.”
Life in this world, as you yourselves can see, is just the same for animals, wild beasts, birds and ourselves and it can even be longer for them.   But what is proper to humans is what Christ gives us through His Spirit, provided we sin no more – life without end…: “The wages of sin is death;  the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”St Pacian, Father of the Church (c 310–391) (Biblical references: 1Cor 15:49.47; Jn 11:25; Phil 1:21.23; 2Cor 5:6-7; 1Cor 15:19; Rm 6:23)luke 20 38 - he is not god of the dead - what is proper to humans - st pacian - 24 nov 2018

“It is not this life that will serve as a reference point for eternity, for the other life that awaits us; rather, it is eternity — that life — which illumines and gives hope to the earthly life of each one of us! If we look at things from only a human perspective, we tend to say that man’s journey moves from life to death. This is what we see! But this is only so if we look at things from a human perspective. Jesus turns this perspective upside down and states that our pilgrimage goes from death to life – the fullness of life!” …Pope Francis – Angelus, 10 November 2013if we look at things from only a human pope francis - luke 20 38 now he is not god of the dead - 24 nov 2018

PRAYER – O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, who kept the Martyrs Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions faithful to the Cross of Your Son, even to the shedding of their blood, grant, through their intercession, that, spreading Your love among our brothers and sisters, we may be Your children both in name and in truth and thus come to our resurrection with Jesus Christ, Your Son.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and andrew dung lac pray for us 24 nov 2018


Our Morning Offering – 24 November

Our Morning Offering – 24 November – Saturday of the Thirty Third Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Saturday with Mary

O Mother and Handmaid of God
St Methodius of Constantinople (c 815-885)

Your name, O Mother of God,
is replete with all graces
and Divine blessings.
You have contained Him who cannot be contained,
and nourished Him who nourishes all creatures.
He who fills heaven and earth,
and is the Lord of all,
was pleased to be in need of you,
for it was you who clothed Him with that flesh
which He did not have before.
Rejoice, then, O Mother and Handmaid of God!
Rejoice, because you have made Him a debtor
who gives being to all creatures.
We are all debtors to God,
but He is a debtor to you.
That is why, O most holy Mother of God,
you possess more goodness
and greater charity than all the other Saints,
and have freer access to God than any of them,
for you are His Mother.
Be mindful of us,
we beg you,
in our miseries,
for we celebrate your glories
and know how great is your goodness.
Ameno mother and handmaid of god - st methodius - 23 may 2018

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Saints of the Day – 24 November – St Andrew Dung-Lac (1795-1839) and Companions – Martyrs of Vietnam

Saints of the Day – 24 November – St Andrew Dung-Lac (1795-1839) and Companions – Martyrs of Vietnam – Patronage – Vietnam.Santi_Martiri_Vietnamiti-Andrea_Dung_Lac_e_compagni

Born in 1795 in the Tonkinese town of Bac-Nihh in North Vietnam, Tran An Dung was the son of pagan parents.   In search of work for themselves in 1807, his parents moved to the ancient citadel of Hanoi.   Here their twelve-year-old son was taken care of by a catechist and for three years was instructed in the Catholic faith.   Baptised in Vinh-Tri, he received the Christian name Andrew (Anrê) in baptism and went onto learn both Chinese and Latin and himself became a catechist.   He was selected for further studies in theology and was ordained to the priesthood on 15 March 1823.

An exemplary priest, Andrew was ardent and indefatigable in his preaching, often fasted and drew many to the Faith by his simple and moral life.   As a testament of the love which his congregation had for him, in 1835, when he was imprisoned during the persecution of the Annamite emperor Minh-Mang, his freedom was purchased exclusively by donations from his parishioners.   The Vietnamese Christians suffered unspeakably during this time.andrew new

Beginning in 1832 Minh-Mang expelled all foreign missionaries and commanded all Vietnamese Christians to demonstrate their renunciation of the Catholic Faith by trampling on a crucifix.   Churches were destroyed;  religious instruction was forbidden. Christians were branded on the face with the words ta dao (false religion) and Christian families and villages were obliterated.   Many endured extreme privations and hardship; many more were put to death for their fidelity to the Faith.

To avoid further persecution by the authorities, Andrew Dung changed his name to Lac and relocated to a different region.andrew snip

While visiting a fellow priest, in order to confess himself, Dung-Lac was arrested with Father Peter Thi on 10 November 1839.   In exchange for a monetary ransom paid to their captors, the two priests were liberated but their freedom was short-lived.   Re-arrested not long afterwards, they were taken to Hanoi and severely tortured.   They were beheaded shortly before Christmas Day on 21 December 1839.

The priests, Andrew Dung-Lac and Peter Thi, were beatified on 27 May 1900 by Pope Leo XIII and formed part of a group of Vietnamese martyrs beatified together on that day.

Another group, Dominicans all, was beatified on 20 May 1906 and a third on 2 May  1909 both by St Pope Pius X.   A fourth group, which included two Spanish bishops, was beatified on 29 April  1951 by Pope Pius XII.   All 117 martyrs were Canonised in Rome on 19 June 1988 by St Pope John Paul II.Andrew - glass - my. tumblr_oh4tt4NdZ81rfr4hno1_400

These 117 martyrs met their deaths during several persecutions of Christians that swept through the Vietnamese peninsula between the years 1625 and 1886.

Approximately 300,000 gave their lives for the Catholic Faith and further beatifications may be expected from amongst their glorious ranks.   Among the 117 that have been Canonised were 96 Vietnamese and 21 foreign missionaries.

Of the Vietnamese group 37 were priests and 59 were lay people, among whom were catechists and tertiaries.   One of them was a woman, mother of six children.   Of the missionaries 11 were Spaniards:  6 bishops and 5 priests, all Dominicans and 10 were French, 2 bishops and 8 priests from the Société des Missions Etrangères in Paris.

The tortures these martyrs endured were among the worst in the history of Christian martyrdom.   The means included cutting off limbs joint by joint, ripping living bodies with red hot tongs and the use of drugs to enslave the minds of the victims.

Among the 117 Martyrs of Vietnam, 76 were beheaded, 21 were suffocated, 6 burnt alive, 5 mutilated and 9 died in prison as a result of torture.

St Andrew Dung-lac by John Alan Warford
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Memorials of the Saints – 24 November

St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions – Martyrs of Vietnam – (Memorial) – 117 saints and beati

St Albert of Louvain
St Alexander of Corinth
St Balsamus of Cava
St Bieuzy of Brittany
St Chrysogonus
St Colman of Cloyne
Bl Conrad of Frisach
St Crescentian of Rome
St Eanfleda of Whitby
St Felicissimus of Perugia
St Félix Alonso Muñiz
St Firmina of Amelia
St Flora of Cordoba
St Francisco Borrás Román
St Hitto of Saint-Gall
St Kenan of Damleag
St Leopardinus of Vivaris
Bl Maria Anna Sala
St Marinus of Maurienne
St Mary of Cordoba
St Phêrô Võ Ðang Khoa
St Pierre Rose Ursule Dumoulin Borie
St Portianus of Miranda
St Protasius of Milan
St Romanus of Le Mans
St Vinh-son Nguyen The Ðiem

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War – Martyred Carmelite Sisters of Valencia – 12 beati:
• Blessed Antonia Gosens Sáez De Ibarra
• Blessed Cándida Cayuso González
• Blessed Clara Ezcurra Urrutia
• Blessed Concepción Rodríguez Fernández
• Blessed Daría Campillo Paniagua
• Blessed Erundina Colino Vega
• Blessed Feliciana de Uribe Orbe
• Blessed Félix Alonso Muñiz
• Blessed Francisco Borrás Román
• Blessed Justa Maiza Goicoechea
• Blessed María Concepción Odriozola Zabalía
• Blessed María Consuelo Cuñado González
• Blessed Niceta Plaja Xifra
• Blessed Paula Isla Alonso