THE SPANISH MARTYRS: MODELS OF FAITH AND INTERCESSORS FOR US
“It is believed that they died professing their faith and forgiving their executioners. We do know that none of the 22 Oblates, despite the psychological torture during their cruel captivity, was an apostate, nor denied his faith, nor denied having embraced his religious vocation. For this reason their families, their brother Oblates and the Christian people, knowing their faithfulness until death, have unanimously held them to be martyrs from the first instance.”
Postulation of the Cause
We rejoice that the Church recognizes and presents them to all the faithful as authentic Christian martyrs.
Almighty and eternal God
Who granted to Francisco Esteban
and his martyred companions
the grace of giving their lives for Christ,
through a bloody oblation,
help us in our weakness,
so that through their intercession
and following their example,
we too might remain firm in our faith
and might be able to give our lives for others
through the "martyrdom of charity,"
according to the teaching
of St. Eugene de Mazenod;
and in this way,
we might be able to give witness to the world
about who Jesus Christ is.
We ask this through the intercession
of our Mother, Mary Immaculate,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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