Madrid, Spain, Nov 4, 2017 / 05:01 am
Next Saturday 60 members of the Vincentian Order who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War will be beatified at a Mass in Madrid, a "celebration of hope, faith and forgiveness."
"The grace experienced by these martyrs is impossible to understand without faith," said Sister Angeles Infante, a Daughter of Charity who is postulator of the cause for beatification. She praised the martyrs' "faithfulness to the Vincentian charism, giving their lives, the greatest treasure they had, for Christ."
The Nov. 11 Mass of Beatification at the Palacio Vistalegre will be a celebration of hope because "these martyrs believed in the beatitudes and their martyrdom summed them all up."
"It 's not a violent death that makes you a martyr, but the cause you die for, which is Christ. They gave their lives for God, embodying the faith through their witness, forgiving and asking their families to forgive," the postulator said.