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 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Saint Ko Sun-i Barbara (1798-1839)

Saint Ko Sun-i Barbara


    Ko Sun-i Barbara was the wife of the martyr Pak Chong-won Augustine and a daughter of Ko Kwang-song, martyred in 1801. She was born in Seoul in 1794. She was a woman of integrity and intelligence. 
    At the age of 18, she married Pak Augustine and had three children. The whole family was very Catholic. The children were well educated in the Catholic doctrine. Barbara helped her husband in his charitable work, encouraged lukewarm Catholics to return to the Church, taught illiterate catechumens, and took care of sick people. When the missionaries came into the country, she was happy to receive the sacraments. She also tried to grow in virtue and prayer and in her desire to be a martyr. 
    When Barbara's husband, Pak Augustine, was arrested, she wanted to give herself up to share her husband's suffering, but her captors arrested her on October 27, 1839, before she took action. She thanked God for the special grace of being arrested. The couple met and encouraged each other in prison The police chief called the couple out together for interrogation. They were told to deny their faith. They refused the demand and were tortured. Barbara was tortured six times, and couldn't move her arms and legs. But she never lost courage. 
    About 20 days later, Barbara was beaten again with her husband. She was beaten so severely that her flesh was torn off. But she wanted to die for God. She said to her fellow prisoners: "I used to be afraid of tortures, but now the Holy Spirit has blessed a sinner like me, and I am no longer afraid of tortures. I am so happy. I did'nt know that it was so easy to die."
    Barbara was beheaded outside the Small West Gate on December 29, 1839, at the age of 42 with six other Catholics.

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No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 318120
29 베르뇌 시므온 Simeon Berneux 39742
28 김 바르바라 Barbara Kim 39739
27 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 39363
26 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 39083
25 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 39006
24 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 37622
23 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 37600
22 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 37588
21 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 37565
20 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 37500
19 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 37482
18 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 37481
17 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 37431
16 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 37426
15 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 37421

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