We began our November journey with the celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints; and, throughout the liturgical year we honor saints and martyrs and an occasional church building.
Today, we celebrate the memorial of Andrew Dung-Lac (priest) and companions. Andrew was a Vietnamese priest who was beheaded in 1839 for promoting the Christian faith instead of the official state religion. His companions in martyrdom were another 117 who were tortured and killed during the 18th-19th century Vietnam. They are part of the “great cloud of witnesses” as the holy unknowns who gave their life out of love for Christ.
In two days’ time, we will celebrate in the USA our “Thanksgiving,” when we pause to be thankful for the many blessings we have received. Who and what are you thankful for today?
The journey continues…with gratitude and generosity.