The Blessed Martyrs of Almeria were beatified in 1993. The Catholic Church holds dear anyone who endures the loss of life because they are Christians. During the first centuries of Christianity, this was the fate of thousands of early followers of Jesus. Sadly, this has happened in every century since the time of Jesus. In the 1930s, many were executed in Spain because they were religious leaders. Specifically, in 1936, seven Christian Brothers in Almeria, Spain, were arrested and condemned for teaching the Catholic faith.
Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
Lord, as we learn of the Brothers in Almeria, we remember that even closer to our time, in 1982, Brother James Miller from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, was executed by the government in Guatemala for doing what Christian Brothers do: teach young people their religion and help them develop the talents that God has given them. It is so sad to learn what misguided people with power can do. Bless us with wise and loving leaders. Help us resist temptations to follow others who would lead us into evil. May we never martyr someone in body, soul, or spirit by what we say or do. Amen.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle… Pray for us.
Blessed Spanish Martyrs… Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts… Forever!