A Martyr's Victory in a Spiritual Sense
Bishop Francis X. Ford was a well educated, enormously gentle man, that was kicked, beaten, insulted, and surrounded by hatred. All this because of one mans beliefs. He was born in Brooklyn in 1892. He was the founder of the Maryknoll Missionaries and was the first bishop of Kwantung, China. He was killed in the late 1950's in China, he was charged with anti-Communist, counterrevolutionary, and espionage activities, his real 'crime' was for being a Christian and a foreigner.
During his life Bishop Ford illustrated the cardinal virtue of fortitude, which is the ability to overcome fear in order to pursue good; 'it is an active sake to overcome evil for the sake of gods kingdom' said Huggard. When he took office in China, the country was already feeling the effects of the massive Japanese advance across Asia. In a short time millions lost there lives and were driven from there homes.
Bishop ford refused to leave the war-torn country, even after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into the war.
During this time he distinguished himself by the way he cared for war refugees.
Chinese paid a terrible price during this war with Japan, but even more costly was a civil war that followed. Bishop Ford exemplified the virtue of fortitude, by not leaving the war-torn country and staying to try to pursue good.
During this time of war, many would wonder what was the reason for him to stay in China, and what was his why to live? In the Novel A Mans Search For Meaning, Nietzsche says 'he who has a why to live can bear with almost any how'. If Ford had left the country during the time of war, there would have probably been...