The Essence of the Martyr

“St. Sebastian”, Peter Paul Rubens, 1614.
The essence of the martyr, of the witness to the Faith to the point of death, is the capacity to suffer the cruelty and the torment of Hell without experiencing the sorcerous madness, the disturbance, and the psychological disorder of Hate, and even further, of Despair and of Fear; it is a supernatural power that perfects suffering and renders the flesh Eternal, endowed with a quality to divinize nature, surpass its finitude, and experience the height of paradox: the supernatural experience of peace, the mystical ascent of joy in a smile that is Christic, the union with the Divine in Love, the achievement of Wisdom in action joined to the undergoing trial of pain, dolor, and the biting fierceness of the persecution of the world, without a reason other than Hate and the desire to dominate the innocence of the spiritual hero. A Wisdom that suffers, another Christ that redeems in the testimony of one’s life, of the heroic and the sanctified blood that is shed.


Martyrdom is the cement of the Roman Catholic Church. Christianity stands on the supernatural strength of its martyrs, of its heroes, who conquer tragedy through the extreme experience of suffering and dolor, a participation that derives its power from the Sacrifice of Christ. Martyrdom, is the power of malediction conquered through the poetry of Love, the film of life that is contemplated in fire, in the ferocity of the beast, or in the pain of the nail, of the pyre. It is essentially paradoxical, but at the same time, it is a force for good, which testifies to an inviolable innocence, which is the spirit of peace. The martyr is a supernatural peace, the announce of the Kingdom of Peace of the Christ, of the resolution of the malediction of life, of tragedy, of drama, of fatalism.

Martyrdom is essentially Divine Power, the height of theology in action, it is the result of the misfortune of the human condition. In the sacrifice that is inherent to the witness to Love, the martyr, the mystical forces are equilibrated, that is, they are restored on their path towards the ultimate education, an existential pedagogy into the knowledge of the mystery of his personal nature. The sacrifice of the martyr, of Christ, and of his saints, permits for the enlightenment of the psyche, of the human soul, towards the realization that the human life is inherently a conflict, a tragedy put on path of a pilgrimage, a path of illumination towards Eternity, and the form of immortal memory.

The memory of martyrdom on the pages of History, is itself immortality engraved in humanity through the permanence of a Roman Catholic Church, which is a mystery that accompanies the human species in its evolution.

Martyrdom is the necessary supernatural attempt to rectify the mystical dusk of tragedy, “le crepuscule du monde”, which veils the human intelligence from the true comprehension of reality as it is. It is the tentative to transcend the desire of the flesh incarnate in its temporality, a tentative to transcend the heritage of Adam with its lot of suffering and mortality, a grand resurrection to transcend beyond nature the culture of the body, that is, its immanence and its limitedness by nature, environment, and function. In the complete harmony with the desire of intelligent design found in the body, the corporal self, can be succeeded the supernatural transformation, and the mystical flight beyond the conflict of tragedy, a contest of desire, will, and memory, that maintains reason in the darkness of obscurity; in the Eucharistic Breaking, man is promised a life beyond this obscurity, “le crepuscule du monde”, into Eternity and immortality – the form of prayer, is found in the clouds, in the contemplation of the Sky, of the Heavens, a tableau that guides man in a purpose that is freedom, rationality, and truly, destiny.
The martyr is a witness to the tragedy of life, of the mystery hidden in the temporal life of Christ, and of the truth of the Church, that Perfect Body that is the source of the unity of the human race. A witness to the Divine Folly that animates Love, and the desire for a utopia, for paradise, for a story, that is, for an Earth that is ruled by the solitude of the body symbolized by Grace that redeems, transforms, resurrects but does not bless its love of History in speech and style, but rather curses it in malediction in the anticipation of a final conflagration that operates the summit of woe and deprives life from perfecting heroism and glory into synthesis, more understood as the transformative power of being eminently good, a reasonable person.

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