Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

Christ is the Hope for all in His gift of the Eucharist.

ardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan was a political prisoner of the Communist regime in Vietnam for thirteen years, nine of which he spent in solitary confinement. His remarkable faith sustained him during those long years when he would celebrate Mass in secret with three drops of wine in the palm of his hand and the host smuggled inside a flashlight by his faithful.

"I will never be able to express my immense joy: Every day with three drops of wine and one drop of water in the palm of my hand, I celebrated my Mass.

...We made little containers from the paper of cigarette boxes to reserve the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus in the Eucharist was always with me in my shirt pocket. .... They (Catholics in the camp) all knew that Jesus was among them, that He is the one who cures all their physical and mental suffering. At night, the prisoners would take turns keeping adoration; Jesus helped in a tremendous way with His silent presence. Many Christians regained the fervor of their faith during these days, and Buddhists and other non-Christians converted.

The strength of the love of Jesus is irresistible. The darkness of prison became light, the seed germinated underground during the storm."

Excerpt from: Five Loaves and Two Fish (A MUST READ!)
by Archbishop Francois-Xavier Nguyen van Thuan (+2002)


Anonymous said...

please pray with us!

for the healing of Jordan R.'s cancer through the intercession of cardinal can thuan, pray for us!

Paul Bernacchio said...

I have prayed for Cardinal Thuan's intercession in lifting up Jordan to the Lord for healing and cure him of the disease of cancer. We ask everything in the name of Jesus, the Healer, Amen.

Anonymous said...

Please pray that my brother John is healed of advanced lung cancer