"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How easy it can be to become a martyr ...

This past week, Father Nicolò Rusca (1563-1618) was beatified.
Father Nicolò Rusca (1563-1618), a priest who was tortured and killed at the instigation of Calvinists, was beatified on April 21 in Sondrio, the northern Italian city of 20,000 where he served for decades as a parish priest. 
Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification Mass.  
Father Pietro Riva, the postulator of the beatification cause, explained that Blessed Rusca’s exhortation to Catholic youth not to attend a Calvinist school led to his martyrdom. - CWN
Imagine, all Blessed Pietro Riva did was to exhort Catholic youth not to attend a Calvinist school.

Many martyrs have been killed simply for their support of Papal authority, others for their faith in the Real Presence, others for upholding Church teaching on marriage, still others for resisting sexual sin... such simple, ordinary things. 

1 comment:

  1. that painting says, "i'm so over it.'


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