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School of the Heart of Mary (Phase 2 Barbastro) II

IMAG1273It was quite providential to meet two of the eye witnesses of our elder brothers on their way to martyrdom. They were Francisco Cece and Ricardo. Ricardo lived very close to our seminary and he still remembers that he saw his mother looking outside through the upper window and crying. As a child he was curious to see the sight that made his mother cry. It was heartbreaking for him as a child to see the Claretian missionaries captured and taken in custody by the anarchist and they were taken to Piarist Auditorium. Francisco Cece (93 years old now) and his family lived in Barcelona till 1935. In 1936 they came to Barbastro and settled near to the town hall. In those days it was common for the children to play in the streets. As he was playing together with his other companions he saw Luis Masferrer cmf who was his catechism teacher together with others were taken to Piarist School where he studied. He followed them in distance as child because he did not understand the seriousness of what is happening; but he was sad to see his catechism teacher is taken in custody by the anarchist. Fr. Santiago Mompel (Piarist) was his class teacher who later tells about Claretians. He was the Chronicler of their congregation who wrote in the Chronicle telling that he saw twenty Claretians were taken for execution from the Piarist school to a place three kilometers away from the school, and he could hear exactly twenty gun shots which he testifies that it was the execution of twenty Claretian brothers.

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School of the Heart of Mary (Phase 2 Barbastro) I

DSC 0739 2 CopyEver since I heard about the Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro from my initial formation, it was my deep desire to visit this place where our elder brothers suffered for the sake of Christ and prepared themselves to give up their life for Him. Thanks to the Almighty God for fulfilling my long awaited dream. I was in Barbastro community for a week where we have the Museum of 51 Claretian martyrs. The spiritual atmosphere of this old Martyr Seminary allowed me to make a journey with them on their way to martyrdom. The guidance and narration of Benjamin Elcano cmf regarding Claretian martyrs of Barbastro helped me to imagine what has happened on July 20th 1936 when 60 anarchists broke into this silent cloister shouting “where are you hiding the weapons”? The words of Superior of the community (Munárriz cmf) that ‘we are religious and here are no arms’ in fact infuriated the anarchists. Indeed it was the beginning of their way to martyrdom. Humanly speaking the most anxious moments of uncertainty and fear. But I believe that they were able to transcend their physical vulnerability for being faithful to their vocation by the grace of God and the mutual encouragement.

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procesion basilicaミサの終わりに、大聖堂の中で小さな行列を行いました。優しい表情をした「御心の聖母」の御絵とともに練り歩きながら私たちは声をひとつにして次のように繰り返し歌いました。「お母さま、どうか私たちのうちに来てください。マリアさま、この地上に来てください。自由に向かって、あなたと一緒に歩んでいきましょう!」もし私たちみんなが一緒になってマリアさまと共に歩むのなら、怖いものは何ひとつありません!どのようにイエスさまに向かって歩めばよいのかを、マリアさまはご存知です。マリアさまの御心はいつも御子とひとつだからです。

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