Blesseds Carlos, Jesús, Fidel, Marianists

Blesseds Carlos, Jesús, Fidel, Marianists
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by Emilio Ortega, SM
Translated by Thomas A. Thompson, SM
221 pp.

Father Thomas Thompson’s translation of this work by Father Emilio Ortego, SM, is a compilation of individual biographies of three Spanish martyrs—Brothers Carlos Eraña, Jesús Hita, and Fidel Fuidio, who were martyred in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. Father Ortega traces the lives of these brothers and highlights their humble beginnings growing up in working-class families; their deep faith lives; and their apostolic involvement in Marianist schools. Key to their stories is their humanity and how God called them to become disciples of Christ and instruments of religious education. As Brother Fidel said, “The happiest moment of my life is when I open the door to my classroom, sent on mission to the students.”


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    Don Carlos Eraña was a man of peace and conciliation. As superior, he was always attentive to the spiritual and temporal welfare of the brothers. “He is undoubtedly the religious of the province who best understands the soul of a small child of primary years and is best prepared to direct his teaching,” says the report of a superior. The first Relator of his cause for beatification, a Carmelite, admired Don Carlos. “This man,” he said, “has no defects. He could be canonized in the ordinary way.”

    Don Jesús Hita was a good teacher. An introspective individual, he may have felt that his life lacked completion. Yet, when someone suggested the possibility of weakening in the last moment, he insisted, “God gives the grace to resist.” With Blessed Juan Pedro de San Antonio, CP, a companion in those final days as he prepared for martyrdom, he died shouting, “Long live Christ the King!”

    Don Fidel Fuidio was the wise man with the childlike heart. As an archeologist, he discovered prehistoric and Roman settlements in Spain and published scientific studies. As a teacher, he communicated the enthusiasm he felt for the subject. His biography was appropriately titled Sympathy in Education. He is a model for the hope and enthusiasm which should characterize educators of youth.

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    List of Illustrations 
    Logo of the Three Martyrs

    Part One: Carlos Eraña

    Chapter 1: Birthplace
    Chapter 2: Vacation Resort to a Religious Community
    Chapter 3: The Novitiate
    Chapter  4: Scholasticate in Escoriaza
    Chapter  5: A Difficult Assignment
    Chapter  6: A Preferential Option
    Chapter  7: Two Works of Predilection
    Chapter  8: Community Life
    Chapter  9: A Larger World
    Chapter 10: Mission in Africa
    Chapter 11: The Coming of Bad Days
    Chapter 12: His Last Assignment
    Chapter 13: Hope is Lost
    Chapter14: Don Carlos’ Way of the Cross
    Chapter 15: The Holocaust, the Goodbyes

    Part Two: Jesús Hita

    Chapter  1: “Those Dangerous Characters”
    Chapter  2: In Escoriaza
    Chapter  3: The Great Desire of His Life
    Chapter  4: The Novitiate at Vitoria
    Chapter  5: Fidelity and Gratitude
    Chapter  6: Suances and Something More He Desired
    Chapter  7: The Versatile Educator
    Chapter  8: The Approach of Bad Times
    Chapter  9: You Have No Lasting Dwelling Place
    Chapter 10: The Circle Grows Smaller
    Chapter 11: “If Martyrdom Is Our Fate, So Be It!”

    Part Three: Fidel Fuidio

    Chapter  1: A Child Is Born
    Chapter  2: An Important Decision
    Chapter  3: A Long Journey
    Chapter  4: Hard Times for Fidel
    Chapter  5: “I promise to God and I vow. . . “
    Chapter  6: Scholasticate in Escoriaza