54. Blessed Andrew Phû Yên was a young Vietnamese man of the seventeenth century. He was a catechist and assisted the missionaries. He was imprisoned for his faith, and since he refused to renounce it, he was killed. Andrew died uttering the name of Jesus.
Some things I found interesting:
- Andrew was Jesuit-educated and assisted a missionary in Vietnam in the 1640s.
- Authorities were looking for the local priest, but found and arrested Andrew at the residence instead.
- When convicted of his crime, Andrew accepted his death peacefully, saying, “Let my blood soak into the soil of the Vietnam.”
- The names of Jesus and Mary were on his lips at his execution.
Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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