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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No. Subject Views
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 297044
74 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 36156
73 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 58656
72 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 38342
71 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 39465
70 최영이 바르바라 Barbara Choe Yong-i 39456
69 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 36151
68 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 36131
67 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 51978
66 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 33478
65 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 40938
» 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 30752
63 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 51056
62 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 38244
61 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 32430
60 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 39508

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