Tag Archives: martyrdom

What Ten Saints Said Before Going to Heaven

The pursuit of true happiness is always linked to the Cross, which the sublime last words of Saint Andrew the Apostle express so well. “I know the virtue of Thy Holy Cross.” The Latin adage grasps reality so well, talis vita, … Continue reading

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29 July 1941 – An “offering of life”

From Fr Z’s Blog: On 29 July 1941 ten prisoners from an block at Auschwitz were chosen to be starved to death because a prisoner from that same block had escaped. Fr. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan who founded the Militia Immaculatae, … Continue reading

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St John Fisher, Martyr: “The life of man here is only for a while”

St. John Fisher was born in Beverly, Yorkshire, in 1459, and educated at Cambridge, from which he received his Master of Arts degree in 1491. He occupied the vicarage of Northallerton, 1491-1494; then he became proctor of Cambridge University. In 1497, … Continue reading


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Evidence of Shakespeare’s Lifelong Catholicism

Today, 23rd April, on “Talk Like Shakespeare Day”, we celebrate one of the world’s greatest writers, William Shakespeare (1564-1616).  For those who have long admired his brilliance and Christian imagination, the evidence that he was a believing Catholic in a … Continue reading

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Embrace the Lifestyle of a Living Martyr

Catholic author, Peter J. Kreeft, in his new book, “How to Destroy Western Civilization and Other Ideas from the Cultural Abyss“, recalls the unshakable faith of the early Christian martyrs who refused to recant from what they knew to be … Continue reading

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St Agatha: Pure and Faithful Witness to the Faith

Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr († 251), feast day 5th February. Patron Saint of Sicily, bellfounders, breast cancer sufferers, rape victims and wet nurses. Saint Agatha was born in Sicily of rich and noble parents, a child of benediction from … Continue reading

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PERE JACQUES – The Christ-like French Priest (Part 1)

Continuing with our posts on the lives of exceptionally courageous and holy priests [see HERE, HERE and HERE] who have yet to be raised to the official calendar of Saints of the Catholic Church, today we have the poignant story … Continue reading

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NIGERIA: ‘No evil will take away our faith’

CP&S comment. In continuation on the subject of coming persecution for traditional, orthodox Christians – as described in the excellent sermon by “the unnamed traditional priest” that we posted yesterday – perhaps we could learn something from our brothers in … Continue reading

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“This is the sign of the Church always: The Sign of Blood.”

Feast of Saint Thomas Becket Thomas Becket (about 1118-1170), chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury, devoutly prays before the altar in Canterbury Cathedral while three knights approach him from behind, one with his sword raised menacingly. Becket had been a trusted friend of … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pell, the Living Martyr

  by Fr Mark Withoos on CRISIS MAGAZINE A cardinal, a Prince of the Church, remains locked up in a small cell, separated from all, locked in, and without access to the sacraments. No, this is not coronavirus, and this … Continue reading

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No Greater Love

CP&S re-blog from 2010: I could never have anticipated the powerful mix of emotion and awe that gripped me as I stood in the doorway of the Auschwitz cell – that hallowed place of martyrdom in which Saint Maximilian Kolbe … Continue reading

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Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko

Father Finigan has a fine post about his trip to Poland and his visit to the shrine of Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko.

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Trappist Monks of Tibhirine

(Source: Zenit) Legacy of Slain Monks of Tibhirine Recounted by Priest Who Was in Ill-fated Monastery Last Testament of Victim Prior Blesses Murderers TIBHIRINE, Algeria, A friend of the prior of the Trappist monks of Tibhirine is trying to stir … Continue reading

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