Reflections on Martyrs of Barbastro

Reflections on Martyrs of Barbastro

                                     -Jose Felix Valderrabano cmf

1. WITNESSES OF THE WORD BY VOCATION

           pinturas 3  When we speak of the Martyrs of Barbastro, we are always struck by the valor and heroism of these brothers of ours who, despite their youth, showed a human maturity, a coherence of life and a fidelity to vocation that seems to elude us.

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Via Crucis with the Matryrs

Via Crucis with the Matryrs

 via crucisHere is a text for a way of the Cross to enter into the inner world of the Martyrs on the journey with Christ crucified.

  FIRST STATION

  AT THAT TIME JESUS WAS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

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 Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and having scourged Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified (Mk 15:15)

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The Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro

The Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro

  75anivbarb carteldefinit         -Jose Felix Valderrabano cmf

Many innocent people died during the Spanish Civil War. The army or death squads killed honest people just because they were on the left. And in the Red zone, many Catholics, Bishops, Priests and Religious and Lay people were executed for their faith. Those who died for their beliefs, on one side or the other, deserve the respect of everyone.

            Not all the Christians died for the faith; many were killed for various reasons that have nothing to do with it. And we cannot attest to the manner of death of all those who died for the faith, like the Martyrs. This is important since the Church beatifies only those who can be ascertained as having died for the faith, forgiving their executioners as Jesus did.

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The testament of the Martyrs of Barbstro

The testament of the Martyrs of Barbstro

The Farewell Testament of the Martyrs of Basbastro

The following is the moving text written by student Faustino Perez in the name of the martyrs before he was martyred.

 imagen 21Beloved Congregation:

 The day before yesterday, the 11th, six of our brothers died with a generosity befitting martyrs. Today, the 13th, twenty more have won the palm of victory, and tomorrow, the 14th, the remaining twenty‑one of us expect to die. Glory to God! Glory to God! And how nobly and heroically your sons have borne themselves beloved Congregation! We are spending the day encouraging one another and praying for our enemies and for our beloved Institute.

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