Faith is crowned by love and perseverance: St Andrew Kim

Today is the liturgical memorial of the martyrs St. Andrew Kim Taegŏn and his companions. We have an opportunity to deepen our appreciation for the vocation to martyrdom Kim had, and how the Church in Korea is dependent on the witness of Kim and his companions. As John Paul II reminded us, the Church in Korea was founded and sustained by the laity under the power of Christ crucified and risen. Here is the final exhortation of St. Andrew Kim.

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St Robert Bellarmine

The 17th century Jesuit, Saint Robert Bellarmine (+1642) is liturgically recalled today. He was a very competent theologian and who took on Protestant heresy. One aspect of Bellarmine’s teaching was his insistence on obedience to the Church and her teachings. These were days in which a Jesuit’s obedience was clear and decisive. You can say that Bellarmine was in medio ecclesiae—in the midst of the Church, right where Christ placed us. One’s obedience to the Church was in contradistinction to the Protestant method. The obedience Bellarmine advocated was not

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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