St’s Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang & Companions
There are an estimated 8,000+ Korean Martyrs. Only a few hundred are officially named. Pope Francis canonised 123 of them in 2014.
The Korean Martyrs were the victims of religious persecution during the 19th century. Korea was then a country ruled by dynasties with a small number of privileged noble leaders served by the majority and who endured hard labour.
Christianity was seen as a threat to the countries rulers so, it was heavily suppressed. Despite this and the complete lack of Priests, people flocked to Christianity while being managed by lay ministers. They called themselves, “Friends of the teaching of God of Heaven”; friends implying equality.
Slowly, as a secret network of ministers and a small number of Priests were established, Christian suppression multiplied leading to the martyrdom of thousands of the faithful by authorities.
The personal stories of torture and death are heartbreaking. Perhaps the execution of Andrew Kim Taegon is a good example. He was the first Korean Priest to enter Korea as a missionary but was arrested thirteen months after his ordination and put to death by the sword. He was just twenty-six years old.
The Feast Day of the 123 Korean martyrs is the 20th September
St’s Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang & Companions:
Pray with us for religious freedom and a worldwide end to Christian persecution.
Glory be to the…
Jesus said to a crowd gathered to hear him preach, “To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, we played the flute for you, yet you did not dance…” (Luke 7:31-32)
Jesus was telling the people that they were like wayward children; they had refused to take heed of both John the Baptist and Himself yet, they expected others to do as they say!
Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to look beyond mere words. Give me the energy to enthusiastically answer your call. Strengthen my faith as I walk your path, in your loving embrace.
Prayer: Psalm 63
O God, you are my God, for you I long:
For you, my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.
For your love is better than life,
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life,
in your name, I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
my mouth shall praise you with joy.
At night, I remember you.
On you, I muse through the night
for you have been my help;
in the shadow of your wings, I rejoice.
My soul clings to you;
your right-hand holds me fast.
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Almighty God, thank you for this new day. Bless me and keep me safe.