“Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). In this moving article, Pat Kenny relates the culmination of Fr Willie’s Doyle’s life of sacrifice for souls. A life lived in joy amidst suffering – fruit of his burning love for Christ and his desire to imitate his Saviour. Fr Willie is a hero indeed, who has inspired millions to seek a closer union with God, Our Blessed Lady, and the Holy Catholic Church.
My Martyrdom for Mary’s Sake.
Darling Mother Mary, in preparation for the glorious martyrdom which I feel assured thou art going to obtain for me, I, thy most unworthy child, on this the first day of thy month, solemnly commence my life of slow martyrdom by earnest hard work and constant self-denial. With my blood I promise thee to keep this resolution, do thou, sweet Mother, assist me and obtain for me the one favour I wish and long for: To die a Jesuit Martyr.
May 1st, 1893.
May God’s will, not mine, be done! Amen.
These words were written in Fr Doyle’s private diary. He kept his part of the bargain – the remaining 24 years of his life were literally a slow martyrdom of “earnest hard work and constant self-denial”. As might be expected, Mary kept her part of the…
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