117 Canonized Vietnamese Martyrs

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117 Canonized Vietnamese Martyrs

 

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”  – Tertullian

 

Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 117 Vietnamese Martyrs

 

Historically, in the 18th and 19th centuries, there were between 130,000 and 300,000 Catholics who died from martyrdom. During the five years from 1857 to 1862, about 5,000 were killed, about 40,000 faithful and 215 clerics, religious men and women were arrested, imprisoned or exiled. Among them were 117 martyrs, from 1745 to 1862, who were canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1988.

 

All 117 martyrs include: 8 Bishops, 50 priests and 59 lay people. Among them is a woman, St. Anne Le Thi Thanh, a mother of six children.

 

Those who sow in tears

Will reap with cries of joy.

Those who go forth weeping, carrying sacks of seed,

Will return with cries of joy, carrying their bundled sheaves. (Psalm 126:5-6)

 

 

The above Psalm verse describes the meaning of the Martyrs’ witness history in the Vietnamese Church. With their tears, they have sown seeds of grace that became myriad flowers of faith: “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (John 12:24)

 

The massive mass of the Martyrs, with sorrows and afflictions, with tears, have created the “golden wheat” of Christ. They have gloriously exemplified the vividness and the majestic image of the Vietnamese Church: the resilient determination, the patience and the ability to overcome all difficulties to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ.

 

In addition, thousands upon thousands of lay people in the past century have followed the path of Christ. Today, they are all those laboring in distress, in extreme poverty, either materially or mentally, in constant sacrifice due to harsh atheistic regimes. However, they only have one aim which is to be loyal to the Savior Jesus Christ, worthy of the title as God’s faithful children.

 

The Vietnamese Martyrs are the witnesses to Jesus Christ, who fully triumphed over death and resurrected. To be a witness means that human beings continue to be called to enjoy everlasting life in return for the short torment by torture and corporal punishment. They would enjoy many great blessings because God has refined them and found them worthy. He tested them like gold in the fire and has accepted them as a burnt offering. An offering that pleases God – a burnt offering joined to the sacrifice on the Cross of Christ. Because of their resilience unto death, they have proclaimed the death of Jesus Christ. He has resurrected from the power of God. The risen Christ: in Him, they have salvation.

 

All those who trust in the Savior Jesus have died and resurrected, they will know the truth. Those who are faithful to the Lord will live with Him in love, because grace and love remain the reward for those whom are chosen.

 

You come from the lineage of the saint Martyrs. You are the chosen ones. “In the time of their judgment, they shall shine and dart about as sparks through stubble.” (Wisdom 3:7) Sparks will shine, the lights reflect the source of luminous light. In Jesus Christ, you have collaborated in the passion of His Cross. Today, you collaborate in the salvation of the world that He has started and has ended.

 

After more than 2,000 years, God has given a blessing to mankind. It is also a means of prayer to return to God through repentance with the practice of the Six Kowtows method.

 

The Six Kowtows revealed to the messenger Lucia Phan is the most powerful way to return to God. At best, we should practice before the Blessed Sacrament, the Altar, the Cross of Jesus, the image of Divine Mercy, the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or the Immaculate Heart of Blessed Mother.

 

The Six Kowtows express our desire to return to God or come closer to Him. With our whole being – soul and body – in surrender and submission, we humbly pray for His forgiveness and offer our intentions to God and to Blessed Mother.

 

At the same time, we yearn for the Holy Spirit’s flame like in the first Pentecost, illumining our souls and hearts and the whole world, for our faith to be strengthened and demonstrated, for mankind to return to God.

 

At 4:00 a.m., June 1, 1818:

The visit of

Heaven through the Eucharist.

Photograph by Lucia Phan

  in front of the Emmaus Chapel

St. Theresa Catholic Church

Sugar Land, Texas, USA

 

 

 

To see the extraordinary videos, please go to the

homepage of the group: The Most Holy Body 

and Blood of Christ  

 

https://nrtte.org/miraculous-videos?lang=vi