Tag: Martyrdom

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The legends of ancient Rome tell the story of Lucretia. It tells how the age of the Roman Kingdom ended and the age of the Roman Republic began. It is the story of why the last Roman king, a true tyrant, named Tarquinius Superbus (Tarquin the Proud, as in “the arrogant”), was finally overthrown. It also shows the powerful public outrage over the wrongful death of a virtuous woman.

The legend goes that, one night, a group of Roman nobles was getting drunk and bragging about whose wife was the most virtuous. To settle the argument, they rode to each of their houses so that the others could see just how their wives spent their idle time. All of the wives were found feasting or relaxing, except for Lucretia, the wife of Collatinus. When the nobles arrived at the house of Collatinus, Lucretia was found busily spinning wool. Her virtue and her beauty caught the drunken eye of Sextus, the son of King Tarquin.

On the next day, while Collatinus was away, Sextus returned. Since he was a cousin of Collatinus, Sextus was received by Lucretia as a relative and as a guest. Sextus then threatened, blackmailed, and raped Lucretia. Later, when Sextus had left and Collatinus had returned, Lucretia told her husband what Sextus had done, and then, to preserve her honor, she drew a knife and killed herself. Immediately afterward, Collatinus, Brutus, and others swore an oath that the evil Tarquin family could no longer be allowed to rule over Rome. They spread the news of the outrage of Lucretia’s death far and wide. Tarquinius Superbus and his family were soon exiled and the Roman Republic was born.

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As a newbie Catholic I always read St Justin’s name as St. Justin Martyr (with Martyr as his surname) and was amazed that he had such a great name to match his fate. Yet my foolishness gives me a good laugh every year as I read the account of St. Justin’s martyrdom. We don’t have […]

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@johnniealum13 called us to join him today in fasting in solidarity with the French bishops and all of France and all of Christendom for the repose of the soul of Fr. Jacques Hamel, the Catholic priest martyred for his faith and for the conversion of those who hate us. It is fitting that today is […]

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On this day, 172 years ago in a Carthage jail room, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered by a militia mob.  The persons responsible for the deed were convinced that they were carrying out the will of the people, and considering that no one was convicted for the crime, it’s hard to disagree. […]

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Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke addressed the Rome Life Forum earlier this year on May 7th on Martyrdom for the Faith in our Times. He spoke to the participants to be a source of encouragement in their commitment to safeguard and promote the inviolable dignity of innocent and defenseless human life, and the integrity of its cradle in […]

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The fact is that despite their claims of liberty, liberals have only one path forward. Since they are human, they possess reason, but given their belief, they refuse its light. Because liberals insist on choosing in the dark, will alone must accomplish the worship intrinsic to their nature. Liberals find meaning in changing things, either […]

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Martyrdom is not a central theological concept in Judaism. But given the span and scope of post-exilic Jewish history, the fact of Jewish martyrdom is inescapable. So the Sabbath prayer service includes a brief appeal on behalf of martyrs’ memory: Compassionate Father, who dwells on high, in His deep compassion may He remember the pious, […]

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