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Thursday, November 01, 2007

For All Saints Day.

Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. This isn't just the feast of All Canonized Saints, but all those, including those known but to God.

So I'd like to focus on this for a moment. The lovely and gracious Karen has a "thing" for the North American Martyrs. As well she should. But I'd like to bring to your attention the Spanish Civil War Martyrs. During the conflict (as well as the years immediately preceding it, starting with the suppression of the Jesuits in 1932) 13 bishops, 4172 priests and seminarians, 2364 religious brothers and 283 religious sisters (for a total of 6832) were victims of persecution by the Loyalist forces.

If you do some combined Math/History homework, you will see that this level of martyrdom is unequaled in the last 100 years. Even with the USSR and Communist China (unless there's something we haven't found out yet) in the count, these figures are hugely impressive.

In the parts of Spain controlled by the Loyalists (we'll call it half), the population of clergy and religious was hacked by approximately 30%. (Want to know what happened to Catholic Spain? There's your answer.)

Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, pray for us!



(The first photo is a memorial list of the 128 Jesuits martyred, the second is of Loyalists -- whose salvational status has probably come as an utter shock, one which I doubt many would wish to share -- shooting at the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus statue.)