Today is the Feast of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, a man of deep faith who was drafted into the Nazi army and refused to serve due to his conscience and Catholic Faith. Franz was a Secular Franciscan who lived a very pious life and served the church faithfully, and when he was called to warfare he refused to join the army and he was beheaded by the Nazis. May God have mercy and justice for all those who are persecuted for their faith.
On 9 August, before being executed, Franz wrote:
“If I must write… with my hands in chains, I find that much better than if my will were in chains. Neither prison nor chains nor sentence of death can rob a man of the Faith and his free will. God gives so much strength that it is possible to bear any suffering.”
Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, O.F.S. (1907-1943)
Blessed Franz Jägerstätter Pray for Us and all persecuted Christians!
The Refusal – Black and white feature film on Franz Jagerstatter
Blessed Franz Jägerstätter (American Catholic)
Interview with John Allen, Jr. – The Global War on Christians (CRUX – Bishop Keane Institute)
A good book on the history and current global war on Christians (John Allen, Jr. – 2013 Image Books)