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Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon

 

 

 

Hyŏn Kyŏng-nyŏn (Benedicta)

 

 

Hyŏn Kyŏng-nyŏn Benedicta was a daughter of Hyŏn Kye-hŭm, martyred in 1801, a daughter-in-law of Ch'oe Ch'ang-hyŏn, martyred in 1801, and a sister of Hyŏn Sŏng-mun Charles, martyred in 1846.
Benedicta married a son of the glorious martyr Ch'oe Ch'ang-hyŏn in 1811, but her husband died three years later. Since she had no children, she returned to her mother and made her living by sewing, thanking God for her peaceful life.
The people around her admired her for her pious and peaceful life, dedicated to prayer, meditation and spiritual reading. Benedicta made some money from sewing, but she gave the money away. She also made great efforts for other people's sanctification, teaching illiterate catechumens, encouraging lukewarm Catholics, consoling sad people, taking care of the sick and baptizing pagan children in danger of death. During visits of the missionaries, she gathered the Catholics in her home to prepare them for the sacraments.
At an early stage of the persecution, Benedicta, who had become a catechist, was in hiding, but she was arrested in June or July. As the government officials knew that Benedicta was a sister of Hyŏn Sŏng-mun Charles, who played an important role for the missionaries, they tortured her more severely in order to find out where her brother was hiding. She was interrogated eight times. The police tortured her very severely to get information about missionaries, because they wanted to get the reward set for arresting the missionaries. But their greedy efforts were in vain due to the strong will of Benedicta. After she was moved to a higher court, she was beaten so severely that she could hardly move her legs. The wounds on her body were so deep that blood and pus oozed out ceaselessly. She also suffered from cholera in prison.
Benedicta sent a letter to her brother Charles. The letter is not preserved today, but many Catholics who read the letter were deeply impressed. A few hours before her execution she had a sound sleep. She was happy to be taken outside the Small West Gate to be beheaded with six other Catholics on December 29, 1839. Benedicta was 46 years old when she was martyred.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 261786
59 민극가 스테파노 Stephanus Min Kuk-ka 29286
58 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 28985
57 김 데레사 Teresia Kim 33947
56 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 33299
55 고순이 바르바라 Barbara Ko Sun-i 33731
54 정정혜 엘리사벳 Elisabeth Chong Chong-hye 33949
» 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 33369
52 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 30618
51 조증이 바르바라 Barbara Cho Chung-i 33935
50 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 45878
49 유소사 체칠리아 Caecilia Yu So-sa 37313
48 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 57103
47 조 막달레나 Magdalena Cho 33665
46 이 가타리나 Catharina Yi 33678
45 김 루치아 Lucia Kim (Kopch’u) 33835



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