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.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 309502
14 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 36676
13 민극가 스테파노 Stephanus Min Kuk-ka 36241
12 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 35541
11 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 35478
10 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 34061
9 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 33827
8 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 33669
7 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 33435
6 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 32886
5 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 32872
4 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 32680
3 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 31139
» 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 31134
1 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 29853



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