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 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

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.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 296712
89 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 36115
88 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 36127
87 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 36141
86 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 36177
85 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 36188
84 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 36194
83 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 36236
82 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 36318
81 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 36333
80 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 36901
79 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 37673
» 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 37856
77 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 38206
76 이연희 마리아 Maria Yi Yon-hui 38254
75 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 38279



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