Monday 20 June 2022

A Thought for the Feast of the Irish Martyrs

In the centuries which immediately succeeded the conversion of our island, heaven seemed to pour out upon our people all the treasures of grace, and, at the same time, all the blessings of peace: for later ages was reserved the ordeal of our faith. But her triumphs in the arena were not less glorious than her crowns in time of peace; and, as the virtues of her children merited for her the glorious name of "Island of Saints," so the noble heroism displayed by her champions of faith in the days of persecution have won the no less peerless title of "Martyr-Island of the Church."

Rev. P.F. Moran, The Life of the Most Rev. Oliver Plunket. Archbishop of Armagh, and Primate of all Ireland, who Suffered Death for the Catholic Faith in the Year 1681, (New York 1871), p. 395.


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