For New Martyrs

Feb 29, 2024 | Monthly Reflection

In the Scriptures, our Lord extends a compassionate invitation, saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” In today’s world, the “New Martyrs” encompass many of our brothers and sisters who bear heavy burdens, enduring daily humiliation, discrimination, oppression, and suffering at the hands of radical and extremist groups for the sake of Christ’s name. As we reflect on their plight and stay abreast of their news, let us find solace in the promise that the gentle and humble heart of our Lord remains their constant companion, offering a peace that surpasses worldly understanding.

The “New Martyrs” include our brothers and sisters compelled to flee their homelands, leaving behind friends, families, and the familiar embrace of their cultures due to their unwavering faith in the Lord. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be their true and everlasting home, providing strength and healing amid their trials.

Furthermore, the “New Martyrs” are those who risk their lives to spread the Good News—missionaries and newly baptized—driven by profound love for Jesus’ Holy Name. Their faith, known only to the Lord, compels them to take up His yoke and learn from Him. May the companionship of our Lord console and embolden them on their journey.

In our prayers, we seek the intercession of the “New Martyrs” who have borne witness to their faith through the sacrifice of their lives. Through their intercession, may we grow in Faith, Hope, and Charity.

As we stand in solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters, may the Lord grant them the strength to endure, the courage to persevere, and the peace that transcends all understanding. Amen.

Fr. Peter Gadalla SJ is a Jesuit from the USA Central & Southern Province. He is a Coptic Catholic born in Houston, Texas, and raised between Cairo, Egypt, and Destin, Florida. He is currently doing graduate studies at the Pontificium Institutum Biblicum in Rome. 


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