STS. ANDREW KIM TAEGON, PAUL CHONG HA-SANG AND COMPANIONS

Today, September 20th, we celebrate Andrew, Paul, and the rest of the Korean martyrs.

The Korean martyrs were a group of at least 8,000 Catholics who were martyred for their faith in Korea during the 19th century.

103 of them were canonized en masse by JP2 in 1984. 123 others were declared Venerable by Pope Francis in 2014.

WWID? WHAT WOULD I DO?

When I read about the Korean martyrs and others who have died for their faith, I can’t help but ask myself, “would I die for my faith too?”.

I’d really like to think I would.

But, I just don’t know.

I don’t really think you can know until you’re actually put in that position. 

I mean, St. Peter himself denied Christ three times out of fear of death.

Three times!

...and he’s THE ROCK for crying out loud.

If he caved so quickly who am I to think I’m any more courageous?

Contemplating this fact makes reading the stories of the martyrs that much more inspiring to me. These women and men are absolute heroes of the faith. 

Lord, using the example of the Korean martyrs and their courageous faith may we draw closer to you.

Korean martyrs, pray for us!