Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings In the 1800s, Andrew Kim became the first native Korean to become a priest when he traveled 1300 miles to seminary in China. He managed to find his way back into the country six years later. When he returned home, he arranged for more men to travel to China for studies. He was… Continue reading Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs

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… Continue reading St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions, martyrs

St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

Today’s readings Historically speaking, we know almost nothing about St. Agatha other than the fact that she was martyred in Sicily during the persecution of Decius in the third century.  Legend has it that Agatha was arrested as a Christian, tortured and sent to a house of prostitution to be mistreated. She was preserved from… Continue reading St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

St. Blase, bishop and martyr

Today’s readings All that we know for sure about St. Blase was that he was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century.  Everything else is legend, which means that it may or may not be true.  Even if it’s not true, there is Truth in the legend, because it points us to… Continue reading St. Blase, bishop and martyr

St. Boniface, bishop and doctor

Today's readings | Today's saint[display_podcast] Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God,a workman who causes no disgrace,imparting the word of truth without deviation. St. Paul encourages his friend Timothy today to remain faithful to God and the Gospel and to be a tireless worker for the Truth.  Those qualities make this reading such… Continue reading St. Boniface, bishop and doctor