Diaries of Chinese Martyrs
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
With tens of millions killed and thousands of Catholics incarcerated because of rigged trials, China under Mao's dictatorship was the Asian version of the Nazi concentration camps and the Soviet Gulag. It's one of the darkest moments in Church history one that continues to be played out to this day through a historic abuse of power and a seemingly endless hunt for believers in Jesus Christ and His Church.
Now the stories of these brave Catholic "counter-revolutionaries" are brought to you for the first time. These four autobiographical testimonies will leave you speechless and inspired. You'll witness the endless strength and hope these brave men displayed despite years of shocking psychological and physical abuse.
Nothing short of miraculous, you'll hear their miraculous stories in the face of hunger, torture, interrogation, indoctrination, and the humiliation of the "people's trials." There emerged from these souls the crystalline faith of those brave enough to accept their own Calvary for fidelity to Christ without ever becoming slaves of hatred.
This book tells the story of 4 men who endured great suffering during Mao's reign in China. I didn't know much about what happened under Mao, so it was eye-opening to read about the suppression of Christianity and the physical and mental torture of the religious and lay people in China. Very sad!
Like the preface of this book says, there has been relatively little written about the persecution and suffering of Chinese Catholics in Maoist China. This is a tragedy since the active suppression of the Faith continues to this very day. Inside this book, you will find four stories of men who had undergone intense suffering and persecution for their faith. You will not find elaborate prose or lengthy poetry. Instead, you will find men who wrote in very direct and easy-to-read sentences. In a way, it makes these heroes of the faith seem more within reach.
I was deeply touched by these stories of white martyrdom. Their ability to love one's enemy really illustrates the transfigurative power of the grace of God. I deeply recommend this book. Those of us who live comfortable lives in Western countries have much to learn from these men who willingly suffered for our Lord.