Blood of the Martyrs: Seed of the Church: Stories of Catholics Who Died for Their Faith

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From the first century to the present day, church history is spattered with the lifeblood of those who loved Jesus more than life itself. The details of their noble deaths are as varied as their lives. Yet they share one thing in common: The certainty of their Savior's words, who promised: "Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer... Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10).

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Overview

From the first century to the present day, church history is spattered with the lifeblood of those who loved Jesus more than life itself. The details of their noble deaths are as varied as their lives. Yet they share one thing in common: The certainty of their Savior's words, who promised: "Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer... Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10).

Arranged with the master precision of a storyteller, each account shines like a luminous pearl. Encounter the faith of early believers such as John the Baptist, Stephen, and Paul. Marvel at the courage of those killed by pagan kings and government officials. Travel alongside early missionaries, whose deaths inspired others to come to faith. Mourn the unthinkable tragedy of Christians warring against other Christians. Finally, meet contemporary men and women whose lives were lived in service to Christ, and whose deaths are precious in his sight. This inspiring account will make your faith soar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569552155
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

"The Blood of Christians is Seed" 9
An Introduction
1. "An Image of His Master" 15
Christ, the Model of Martyrdom
2. "Crying in the Wilderness" 33
The Forerunner of Christ's Passion St. John the Baptist
3. "The Cup That I Drink, You Will Drink" 47
Martyrs of the First Generation
St. Stephen 56
St. James, the Brother of John 61
The Other Apostles 63
St. Paul 66
St. Peter 72
4. "We Must Obey God Rather Than Men" 75
Martyrs Executed by the State
St. Polycarp of Smyrna 81
St. Perpetua 89
Perfectus 102
Isaac and Others 103
Flora and Maria 105
Eulogius and Leocritia 106
St. Pelagius 107
5. "The Overthrower of Our Gods" 111
Martyrs of the Mission Fields
St. Justin the Philosopher 112
St. Boniface 118
Blessed Michael Nakashima 129
St. Isaac Jogues 132
The Martyrs of Uganda 138
6. "My Greatest Enemies, My Best Friends" 143
Martyrs Killed by Other Christians
St. Flavian of Constantinople 145
St. Thomas a Becket 149
St. Thomas More 156
St. Andrew Bobola 161
7. "Long Live Christ the King!" 165
Martyrs of the Twentieth Century
Blessed Miguel Pro 167
St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein) 179
Servant of God Marcel Van 190
8. "In Persecution the Church Begins and Ends" 195
The Triumph of the Martyrs
Notes 207
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