Friday, October 25, 2002

Feast Day
Today is the feast of The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales .

" Salvete, flores martyrum ! " - St. Philip Neri, to the students of the English College in Rome

" Can we religiously suppose that the blood of our martyrs, three centuries ago and since, shall never receive its recompense? Those priests, secular and regular, did they suffer for no end? or rather, for an end which is not yet accomplished? The long imprisonment, the fetid dungeon, the weary suspense, the tyrannous trial, the barbarous sentence, the savage execution, the rack, the gibbet, the knife, the cauldron, the numberless tortures of those holy victims, O my God, are they to have no reward? Are Thy martyrs to cry from under Thine altar for their loving vengeance on this guilty people, and to cry in vain? Shall they lose life, and not gain a better life for the children of those who persecuted them? " - Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., The Second Spring

UPDATE: I am glad to see that I am not the only one in the Blogosphere to notice this feast day. More information at the blogs of Amy Welborn , Gerard Serafin, Lane Core, and Lover of Christian Art . Thank you all !


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