September 27, 2016

Last Words of Filipino Martyr Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

St. Lorenzo Ruiz

St. Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino to be canonized a saint, was ordered to recant his Catholic faith or face torture and certain death. He had heard the screams and witnessed the horror as his companions were brutalized. Even while being crushed to death, he refused to renounce his faith. These are his last words:
I am a Catholic and wholeheartedly do accept death for God; Had I a thousand lives, all these to Him shall I offer.
St. Lorenzo Ruiz, help us be faithful even unto the last measure of our lives.

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