FIRST ENDURE MANY SUFFERINGS

YOU ARE THE HEIRS OF A GREAT TESTIMONY, A PRECIOUSE WITNESS TO CHRIST. He is the Light of the World; he is the light of our lives! The martyrs of Korea…handed over their bodies to their persecutors; to us they have handed on a perennial witness that the light of Christ’s truth dispels all darkness, and the love of Christ is gloriously triumphant.  With the certainty of his victory over death, and our participation in it, we can face the challenge of Christian discipleship today, IN OUR OWN CERCUMSTANCES AND TIME..

Keep close to one another, draw ever closer to God, and with your bishops and priests spend these years in building a holier, more missionary and humble Church, a Church which loves and worships God by seeking to serve the poor, the lonely, the infirm, and the marginalized.

In your Christian lives, you will find many occasions that will tempt you…TO PUSH AWAY FROM THE STRANGER, the needy, the poor, and the broken-hearted. It is these people especially who repeat the cry of the woman of the Gosper:  “LORD, HELP ME!’  This…plea is the cry of everyone who searches for love, acceptance, and friendship with Christ.  It is the cry of so many people in our anonymous cities, the cry of so many of your own contemporaries, and the cry of all those martyrs who even today suffer persecution and death for the name of Jesus: “LORD, HELP ME.!”  Let us respond, not like those who push away people who make demands on us, as if serving the needy gets in the way of our being close to the Lord. No! We are to be like Christ, who responds to every plea for his help with love, mercy, and compassion.

A responsibility which the Lord gives you…IS TO BE VIGILANT, NOT TO ALLOW THE PRESSURES, THE TEMPTATIONS, AND THE SINS OF OURSELVES OR OTHERS TO DULL OUR SENSITIVITY TO THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS, TO THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL.

By Pope Frances

( He refers to these Korean martyrs: The Korean Martyrs were the victims of religious persecution against Catholic Christians during the 19th century in Korea. At least 8,000 adherents to the faith were killed during this period, 103 of whom were canonized en masse in May 1984. Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companions were declared “Venerable” on February 7, 2014, and on Au…(From the Wickepedia)  now it is going on in the Middle East, more Christians have been martyred in the last two years than in all the years since the Romans started killing them 2015 yrs ago.)

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