Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NEW MARTYR FOR CHRIST


REST IN THE PEACE OF THE LORD, PERE JACQUES HAMEL
ROUEN, FRANCE, JULY 26, 2016 


Hope has a face, the face of Christ giving his life as a sacrifice, that men might have life in abundance. It is this hope, at the heart of the test, which forever bars the path of despair, of vengeance, and of death. It is this hope that animated the ministry of Father Jacques Hamel when he celebrated the Eucharist during which he was savagely executed. It is this hope which supports the Christians from the East when they must flee before persecution, and they choose to leave everything rather than renounce their faith. It is this hope that lives in the heart of hundreds of thousands of young people gathered around Pope Francis in Krakow. It is this same hope which permits us not to succumb to hate when we are taken by torment.

                                                                                  Cardinal Andr√© Vingt-Trois 

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