Tuesday, February 28, 2012



"The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." (Tertullian).

And they continue shedding it to this day. Away from the pomp, far removed from the spectacle, detached from the facade of grandeur so attractive to some in the Church today, men and women continue to shed their blood, securing the future for all of us.

Remembering the Catholic martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries this Lent.

May we too one day be deemed worthy:


Enrique Angelelli, Anna Abrikosova, Severian Baranyk, Mary Bastian, Albertina Berkenbrock, Bartolome Blanco Marquez, Szilárd Bogdánffy, Eugene Bossilkov, Nykyta Budka, Konstantin Budkevich, Jan Bula, Beda Chang, Jan Cieplak, Maura Clarke, Salvatore Colombo, Mateo Correa Magallanes, James Coyle, Adílio Daronch, Alfred Delp, Pavel Djidjov, Jean Donovan, Ignacio Ellacuría, Leonid Feodorov, Chandra Fernando, William Finnemann, Francis Xavier Ford, Charles de Foucauld, August Froehlich, Fernando de la Fuente de la Fuente, Anacleto González Flores, Rutilio Grande, Alois Grimm, Lojze Grozde, Jaime Hilario, Basil Hopko Innocencio of Mary Immaculate, Andriy Ishchak, Cyrillus Jarre, John Anthony Kaiser, Dorothy Kazel, Egbert Xavier Kelly, Hryhory Khomyshyn, Erich Klausener, Maximilian Kolbe, Mykola Konrad, Josaphat Kotsylovsky, Omelyan Kovch, Hryhorij Lakota, Karl Leisner, Josef Lenzel, Bernhard Lichtenberg, Antonio Llidó, Symeon Lukach, Joche Albert Ly, Roman Lysko, Cristóbal Magallanes Jara, Ignatius Maloyan, Ignacio Martín-Baró, Tarsykiya Matskiv, Antonia Mesina, Segundo Montes, Pierina Morosini, Murdered scholars of UCA, Alfonso Navarro, Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek, 108 Martyrs of World War II, Jerzy Popiełuszko,Pedro Poveda Castroverde, Miguel Pro, Volodymyr Pryjma, José María Robles Hurtado, Franciszek Rogaczewski, Óscar Romero, Toribio Romo González, Theodore Romzha, Stanley Rother, José Sánchez del Río, Zdenka Cecília, Achelingová, Addai Scher, Yakym Senkivskyi, Klymentiy Sheptytsky, Juan Soldevilla y Romero, Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, 233 Spanish Martyrs, 498 Spanish Martyrs, Dorothy Stang, Edith Stein, the Martyrs of Thailand, The monks of Tibhirine, The Martyrs of Turon, Vasyl Velychkovsky, Albert Willimsky

"The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart." (Friedrich Nietzsche)