Saint Andrew Dŭng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings

St. Andrew Dŭng-Lạc was a priest in Vietnam in the early nineteenth century. He and his 116 companions, including Spanish Dominicans, members of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, and 96 Vietnamese, including 36 other priests, were all martyred around the year 1839. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 Catholics were martyred in Vietnam during the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

Like the poor widow in today’s Gospel reading, St. Andrew and his companions willingly gave everything – their very lives – for the faith and for our Lord. Because of their generosity and courage, the faith exists in Vietnam today. The cross has long been part of Vietnam’s history, from the early days of those persecutions, to the more recent history of war, and later communist rule. The faith is still there, but many have given up homes, lands, and even lives to pay for it.

As our Church year ends, may we take courage from the example of the Vietnamese martyrs and courageously rededicate ourselves to witnessing to the faith, regardless of the cost.

Saint Andrew Dũng-Lac, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs

Today’s readings

St. Andrew Dung-Lac was a priest in Vietnam in the early nineteenth century. He and his 116 companions, including Spanish Dominicans, members of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, and 96 Vietnamese, including 36 other priests, were all martyred around the year 1839. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 Catholics were martyred in Vietnam during the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

“They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name.”  That ominous news from today’s Gospel is news that Saint Andrew and his companions had to actually endure in their lives.  That can have us shaking with fear, but that fear must never distract us from our mission, or else the fear has won.  St. Andrew and his companions never gave in to the fear, and willingly gave their lives for the faith.

As our Church year ends, may we take courage from the example of the Vietnamese martyrs and courageously rededicate ourselves to witnessing to the faith, regardless of the cost.

St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions, martyrs

Today’s readings

St. Andrew Dung-Lac was a priest in Vietnam in the early nineteenth century. He and his 116 companions, including Spanish Dominicans, members of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, and 96 Vietnamese, including 36 other priests, were all martyred around the year 1839. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 Catholics were martyred in Vietnam during the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”  That ominous news from today’s Gospel can have us shaking with fear, but that fear can never distract us from our mission, or else the fear has won.  St. Andrew and his companions never gave in to the fear, and even gave their lives for the faith.

As our Church year ends, may we take courage from the example of the Vietnamese martyrs and courageously rededicate ourselves to witnessing to the faith, regardless of the cost.