Feast of St. Francis Serrano (February 17)   Leave a comment

A Modern Map of the Republic of the Philippines

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SAINT FRANCIS SERRANO (1691-1748)

Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

St. Francis Serrano, born in Granada, Spain, became a Dominican priest.  In this capacity he traveled to the Philippines, then part of the Spanish Empire, in 1725.  From there he received an assignment to serve as a missionary to the Fujian region of China, in the southeast of that empire.  The saint was an effective missionary working in dangerous circumstances.  He had to disguise himself as a peasant so he could administer the sacraments in secret, for example.  Finally, in 1746, the dynastic authorities caught up with him and imprisoned him for 19 months.  The beat him so severely that they damaged his hearing during time.  They also branded his face.  The saint met his martyrdom by suffocation in his cell.

A Map of China in 1734

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Pope John Paul II canonized St. Francis Serrano in 2000.

Today the government of the People’s Republic of China chafes against those Chinese Roman Catholics who follow the Vatican (not Beijing).  The Popes, to their credit, have not caved into the Chinese government’s control freak ways.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 22, 2010 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF BARTHOLOMEW ZOUBERBUHLER, ANGLICAN PRIEST

THE FEAST OF PAUL TILLICH, LUTHERAN THEOLOGIAN

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Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth.  Inspire us with the memory of St. Francis Serrano, whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives by your Son’s victory over sin and death, for he lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 20:40-42

Psalm 5

Revelation 6:9-11

Mark 8:34-38

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