Image of Adam from the Internet.
On October 31, 2010, this little child was murdered in Iraq because he was Christian.
See here: http://www.unheardcries.com/index.htm.
One can almost hear the Fauré Requiem, Op. 48 - VII- In Paradisum.
May his holy soul pray for us.
There have been found records on the slabs of the catacombs that indicate from the beginning there were martyred children. This inscription was found carved on the tomb of a martyred child inside a Roman catacomb:
"Alexander is not dead, but lives beyond the stars! His body lies in this tomb. He suffered under Antonius Emperor, who changed from indulgence to hatred; for while he [Alexander] was keeling about to offer the sacrifice to the true God, he was led to death. Oh, unhappy times! In which, even at our prayers and at the Mass, we are not safe. What more miserable than life, but what more miserable still that in death we cannot be buried by our parents and friends. But Alexander now shines in heaven. He lived a short time, who lived 4 years and 10 months."
-Aringhi, Roma Subter., tom. I. lib. iii. cap. 22.
Although to use the term "Christian" is correct in the broad sense, it would be more proper to distinguish these holy martyrs for what they were....Catholic Christians (whether Syrian Rite, Maronites, or whatever....they are Catholics).ReplyDelete
Just to call them "Christians" might lead some people to assume that they were members of some small group of evangelicals or Pentecostolists. That would be wrong to assume that these holy people died for an erroneous belief system and style of worship.
These good and holy martyrs all were killed in an Iraqi Catholic Church while attending a Mass.
Like the first martyrs who died for the True Faith (Linus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Chrysoginus, Cosmas and Damian, Agatha, Lucia, Agnes, Cecilia and all the Saint, they have won the martyrs crown and now share the joys of Heaven with Jesus.
Those so called "christians" such as evangelicals in the style of Sarah Palin who are harrassed for their own interpretations of Faith can not claim the same rewards.
During the Angelus on Nov. 1, Pope Benedict XVI urged:"May EVERYONE unite their strengths to end every act of violence!"ReplyDelete
John Paul II's urgent plea to the USA not to invade Iraq fell on deaf ears.
One cannot help think that Adam's unheard cries of "ENOUGH, ENOUGH" was not only addressed to the terrorists, but was also meant to sound in harmony with JPII's voice and echo on the shores of the USA.
The terrorists may have shed Adam's blood, but his blood stained the Amercian flag.
Once again in the words of B XVI: "May EVERYONE unite their strengths to end every act of violence!"
I never thought about how we can pray to these martyrs, like this adorable little guy. I cannot imagine what suffering those who survived are going through! That is the comfort in all of this horror: that those people were martyred and can pray for those left behind to them in heaven.ReplyDelete
If you are a martyr, and I believe you are, pray for us to God.ReplyDelete
If you are not, requiescat in pace.
A sad post John but thank you for bringing it to my attention. I have posted on it on http://linenonthehedgerow.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Everlasting whaling? I think that's off the coast of Japan.ReplyDelete
Really, I don't think you should wish hell on anyone.
Little Adam, pray for us, especially those in most need of your help.
I have already begun to spread the word about this atrocity with this little martyr's picture. He has joined Fr. Ganni and Bishop Raho in HeavenReplyDelete
Would you please post the Latin original of that inscription?ReplyDelete
"ALEXANDER MORTUS NON EST SED VIVIT SUPER ASSTRA ET CORPUS IN HOC TUMULO QUIESCIT VITAM EXPLEVIT. CUM ANTONINO IMP. QUI MULTUM BENEFITII ANTEVENIRE PREVIDERET PRO GRATIA ODIUM REDDIT GENUA ENIM FLETENS VERO DEO SACRIFICIA TURUS AD SUPPLICIA DUCITUR O TEMPORA INFAUSTA QUIBUS INTER SACRA ET VOTA NE IN CAVERNIS QUIDEM SALVARI POSSIMUS QUID MISERIUS VITA SED QUID MISERIUS IN MORTE CUM AB AMICIS ET PARENTIBUS SEPILIRI NEQUE ANT. TANDEM IN COELO CORUSCAT PARUM VIXIT QUI VIXIT IV. X. TEMP."ReplyDelete
The original of this inscription would be a perfect enigma to the inexperienced eye. We have preserved some of the inaccuracies of the rude original to show the intelligent reader how difficult it is to decipher some of the inscriptions of the catacombs.
Adam is a hero for me. So is Ragheed Ganni. Martyrs.ReplyDelete
People are beginning to act and spread information about this.
Here is a link. A poem that received much attention.
These martyrdoms are not in vain!