Vatican City, Oct 18, 2016 / 13:46 pm
When we find ourselves weary from the troubles of life, we can find inspiration in the heroism of one of the Church's new saints, said Cardinal Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia, Mexico.
From its inception, "the history of the Church is the history of a martyr Church," the cardinal told CNA. He pointed to the persecutions of the first Christians – including Peter and Paul – and those that took place in Korea, Japan, and even in countries with deep Catholic roots such as Spain and Mexico.
Still, the cardinal continued, "many of us don't have the grace of a bloody martyrdom." However, we are called "to be heroic every day, in ordinary life, and this calls us to not falter, to not be carried away by some trend, but to stand firm in the faith when there are more subtle persecutions."
Cardinal Suarez reflected on the life of Jose Sanchez del Rio, who was canonized by Pope Francis on October 16, alongside 6 other Blesseds.