|Some of the Vietnamese Martyrs|
From the 1500s to 1866, Catholic missionaries brought Jesus to the people of Vietnam. Many believed in Him, even though Christians were treated very poorly and sometimes even killed for their faith. In 1988, Blessed Pope John Paul II canonized 117 Catholic bishops, priests and lay people who were martyred in Vietnam. Their faithfulness enabled Christianity to grow in a country where the Lord was not welcome.
Sometimes, it is hard for us to realize just how many saints have died so that the rest of us can live as Christians openly. Today, make a chain of paper dolls. Use as much paper as you need until you get to 117 figures. Then thank God for the faithfulness of the Vietnamese martyrs.
Martyrs of Vietnam, pray for us!
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SPECIAL NOTE: Today is a minor feast day, the Solemnity of Christ the King. Do make sure you have a special meal or dessert sometime today. Remember, too, that next Sunday is the beginning of the Advent season!