Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Matthew 10: 39
Eighty years ago the Spanish Civil War ended in victory for the Nationalist Forces under Francisco Franco. During the Spanish Civil War the following members of the clergy were murdered by Republican forces and mobs, most at the beginning of the War: 13 bishops, 4,172 diocesan priests and seminarians, 2,364 monks and friars and 283 nuns. Of these 6, 832 victims to a hatred of the Faith that was truly demonic, the Church has thus far beatified 1,915 with eleven of these being canonized. For 2,000 of the remainder, the beatification process is underway. We have Christ’s own words that those who die for Him will have their eternal reward with Him. Most of the Spanish martyrs met their deaths with exemplary courage in the most appalling circumstances. The victories of Satan are ever brief and the victories of Christ are ever eternal.