In times of persecution, Catholics have been willing to endure mockery, loss of public status, every conceivable form of torture and even grotesque forms of martyrdom — all simply to attend Mass, receive Communion and defend the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Countless saints come to mind. Here are two particularly inspiring examples:
St. Nicholas Piek of Gorkum endured repeated hanging and asphyxiation, was burned with a torch on his face, ears and inside his mouth. He was offered freedom if he would simply deny his belief in the Real Presence. St. Nicholas refused and subsequently endured a two hour hanging that eventually brought about his painful death.
St. Maximillian...READ MORE