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Laurentino, Virgilio and 44 other brothers

07/10/2005: Spain

These extracts allow us to come to a deeper appreciation of Brother Laurentino.

“Throughout these days full of problems during which all of us or nearly all of us experienced long periods of great worry, ... my thoughts had been constantly on the people and the good works of our beloved Province; wanting to be in nearly continual contact with the brothers, particularly those who had to suffer from the messy situation in which they found themselves. I wanted to console them, encourage them, … understand them and share with them my heart’s religious affection that I felt for them as a father more than ever before during these days of mourning.

“In these critical moments may our attitude not be such that is given to sterile lamentation… Let us be religious in work, word and feelings, particularly in these moments when the Lord wants us to feel a little the light weight of his adorable cross... So let us pray fervently, study intensely and methodically… devote ourselves unconditionally to God and to our work…We are living in a precious time. Now we truly feel ourselves to be disciples of Christ; a thousand times happy to be judged by the Lord worthy of suffering for Him.”

His final words to his brothers imprisoned with him, a few hours before being shot, are a farewell until heaven: “May God be our help; I have done all that is pos-sible; I have lived with you through the pains and the bitterness of the revolution. Let us be reunited in heaven.

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