Today is the Feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs. Among them is Lê Thị Thành, who risked her life in order to help priests minister to the people of Vietnam. Eddie Ngo, SJ, reflects on her heroism and faith.
Honorable Christian wife.
Quiet mother of six.
I’m Deacon Eddie Ngo, with the Jesuit Post…
Born in 1789, Lê Thị Thành grew up under an oppressive, anti-Catholic regime in Vietnam. In secret, Lê smuggled priests to minister to the faithful. Sadly, officials caught, imprisoned, and then beat Lê severely. When her youngest daughter visited and saw crimson-stained clothes, Lê said, “Do not cry. These are my red roses of courage… I am thankful for Our Lady’s grace… I am suffering in the name of Jesus.” The Church recognizes this incredible witness for her faith, as St. Lê is the only non-religious female of the 117 Vietnamese Martyrs celebrated today, a number representing upwards of 300,000.
Like Lê Thị Thành, how might we be called to give thanks for grace and give witness for our faith in Jesus’ name?
Vietnamese Martyrs, pray for us.