Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

Saint Son So-byok Magdalene (1802-1840)

 Saint Son So-byok Magdalene

 

    Son So-byok Magdalene was the wife of the martyr Choe Chang-hub Peter. She was born in Seoul. Since her father was exiled for his faith and her mother died early, Magdalene lived with her grandmother. The unfortunate situation of her family made her shy and she kept away from other Catholics, so she learned the Catholic religion late.
    When she was 17 years old, she married Choe Peter who was martyred before her. She gave birth to eleven children, but nine died in infancy. She had a genial character and soft-spoken manner, and she was famous for her excellent talent in sewing and embroidery.
    During the persecution of 1839, she was hiding with her relatives, but finally she was arrested. The police chief interrogated her.
    "Reveal where your fellow Catholics are, and deny your God."
    "I don't want to do any harm to my fellow Catholics by revealing where they are. I can never deny my God."
    "If you say just a word, you will be freed and live with your husband and your children, but if you are stubborn, you will be killed."
    "My life is not mine. I cannot deny my God in order to save my life."
    Magdalene was interrogated seven times, her body was twisted three times, and she was beaten with a club 260 times. Her flesh was torn apart and she was bleeding profusely, but she thanked God for giving her strength to endure all the pains.
    Magdalene brought her two-year old youngest daughter into prison, which was dark with no fresh air. There was not enough food, so Magdalene sent her child to one of her relatives, because she thought the child might weaken her will for martyrdom.
    According to the government record (Seungjeongwon Diary), Magdalene was finally taken out to Tangkogae near Seoul and with five other Catholics she was beheaded there on January 31, 1840, at the age of 39.

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13 권득인 베드로 Petrus Kwon Tug-in 44376
12 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 30259
11 박희순 루치아 Lucia Pak Hui-sun 33076
10 한아기 바르바라 Barbara Han A-gi 32298
9 이광헌 아우구스티노 Augustinus Yi Kwang-hon 40449
8 김업이 막달레나 Magdalena Kim Ob-i 33536
7 이소사 아가타 Agatha Yi So-sa 34111
6 박아기 안나 Anna Pak A-gi 33917
5 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 46576
4 정국보 프로타시오 Protasius Chong Kuk-bo 37137
3 이호영 베드로 Petrus Yi Ho-yong 52526
2 정하상 바오로 Paulus Chong Ha-sang 34346
1 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 44473



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