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 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Saint Choe Yong-i Barbara (1819-1840)

Saint Choe Yong-i Barbara (1819-1840)


    Choe Yong-i Barbara was a daughter of Son So-beok Magdalene, one of the 103 Saints. Barbara was very devout from the time she was a young girl. When her parents tried to arrange her marriage, she said that the spouse she wanted must be a very devout Catholic. She said that she did not particularly care for a noble or rich husband. So she married a much older man, 44-year old Cho Charles. Barbara was 20 years old at that time. The next year she gave birth to a son. The couple encouraged each other in virtue and practiced their religion faithfully.
    When Barbara was arrested, she took her son with her to prison. It was very hard for the infant to stay in prison. It was dirty with neither fresh air, sufficient light nor enough food. So Barbara sent her son to one of her relatives. She was afraid that she might be discouraged from being steadfast to her faith because of her son.
    The interrogator asked her to give up her faith and to reveal the names of her fellow Catholics and of the owner of the religious articles found in her house. Barbara would not deny God and said that she was too young to know her fellow Catholics, so she was severely tortured. She was beaten 250 times and her body was twisted.
    She wrote a letter in which she said: "How sad I am to lose my parents in martyrdom! But when I think of Heaven, I am consoled and thank God for the special privilege of martyrdom. I am full of happiness in my heart!" 
    On February 1, 1840, Barbara was taken to Tangkogae near Seoul and was beheaded there with Yi John and Hong Paul. Barbara was 22 years old when she was martyred. On the previous day Barbara's mother had been martyred. According to the Korean law of those days, relatives were not supposed to be killed on the same day.

List of Articles
No. Subject Views
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 355096
74 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 41309
73 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 65176
72 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 43024
71 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 45631
» 최영이 바르바라 Barbara Choe Yong-i 43227
69 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 40718
68 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 41288
67 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 56078
66 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 37189
65 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 44588
64 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 34567
63 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 56822
62 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 46415
61 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 38213
60 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 45279

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