Martyrs Pg 4
We think of martyrs who lived a very long time ago, who may have been skinned alive or marched off to be beheaded.
Not too long ago, there were two young girls who went to the same high school. It was a very typical April day.
Later, they were each confronted by the teen gunman. He pointed the gun to one of the girl's heads and shot her point blank and had asked if she believed in God. But he probably knew she did. Many of the students there did believe in God. He went to the other girl and asked her if she believed in God, when she said, "Yes". He shot her, but she lived, and he later died.
- Columbine High school 1999
A young journalist was captured in Syria by ISIS. It was said he prayed his Rosary prayers by using his knuckles to keep count. Later, he was led out by ISIS and beheaded, a gruesome and horrible death. - James Foley, 2014
We can never forget these that have lost their lives so courageously.
Nor can we ever forget the twenty one Coptic Christian farmers who were marched out the day of their execution. There were twenty and one Ghanaian, but he later converted to Christianity and said, "Their God, is my God".
All twenty one were lined up side by side kneeling in their orange jumpsuits. Each Christian had his own executioner standing directly behind him. The ISIS executioners were clad in black with their heads completely covered. They stood ready to execute holding their dull butcher knives ready to execute with the deadliest pain possible. Each humble Christian man whispered just before his death, "Lord, Jesus Christ".
It is said, Christ looked compassionately into each humble man's eyes. - Libya Massacre 2015
We will witness the brave and very heroic souls who died for Christ; Christ, our first martyr, who died for us.
"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
- Robert F. Kennedy
American Politician and Civil Rights Activist
(1925- [assassinated] 1968)
Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, & Christian Probst in Munich, 1942
1943, Sophie and Hans Scholl and their friend Christian Probst were executed by guillotine at Munich's Stadelheim Prison for high treason.
The White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in the Third Reich led by a group of students and a professor at the University of Munich.
The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign which called for active opposition to the Nazi party regime. Their activities started in Munich on 27 June 1942, and ended with the arrest of the core group by the Gestapo on 18 February 1943.
The group wrote, printed and initially distributed their pamphlets in the greater Munich region. Later on, secret carriers brought copies to other cities, mostly in the southern parts of Germany.
In total, the White Rose authored six leaflets, which were multiplied and spread, in a total of about 15,000 copies. They denounced the Nazi regime's crimes and oppression, and called for resistance.
In their second leaflet, they openly denounced the persecution and mass murder of the Jews. By the time of their arrest, the members of the White Rose were just about to establish contacts with other German resistance groups like the Kreisau Circle or the Schulze-Boysen/Harnack group of the Red Orchestra.
Today, the White Rose is well-known both within Germany and worldwide.
The White Rose, and had been caught distributing leaflets at their university in the Bavarian capital; the leaflets condemned the Third Reich, its genocide of the Jews, and its futile war.
To stand by silently, they claimed, was to be complicit in "the most horrible of crimes — crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure." To do nothing was to truckle to Hitler; and "every word that comes out of Hitler's mouth is a lie."
White Rose youngsters gave their lives for truth.
"They learned that conscience could not be ignored or manipulated. They learned that the voice of God speaking through our consciences sets before us what is life-giving and what is death-dealing. They learned that conscience can be stern, but that in submitting to the truths it conveys, we are liberated in the deepest meaning of human freedom.
They learned that obedience to conscience can make us courageous, and that to strive to live an ideal with the help of grace is to live a truly noble life with an undivided heart." - George Weigel, CERC