He died a martyr

Fr. Mark Ventura

On April 29th immediately after celebrating Sunday Mass in Cagayan, Philippines, Fr. Mark Ventura was shot to death by those who desired to silence his work with the indigenous peoples of the area and his other just works. He died a martyr like so many others in our contemporary Church, the Body of Christ, and like the others, his voice and preaching of truth, justice, and mercy continues in the voices and lives of the faithful.

In his last homily of March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador proclaimed: “We know that every effort to better society, especially when injustice and sin are so ingrained, is an effort that God blesses, that God wants, that God demands of us.” Archbishop Romero was shot dead as he completed his homily that day.

As we pray the sorrowful mysteries today for the repose of the soul of 37-year-old Fr. Mark, martyr, let us be reminded that the prayer of the rosary is the entrance into the mysteries of the Incarnation and the taking on of the necessary mission in which we are bound to embrace. All holy martyrs, pray for us. Amen