by JenniferPublished in The Compass, May 27, 2009, vol. 4, issue 10
The world mistakenly bestows this title to the wrong kind of hero. Sports stars, pop-culture celebrities, and the rich and famous-for whatever reason- monopolize our conversations, elicit our adoration, and hang on the bedroom walls of children and teenagers. Society doesn’t seem to honor the altruistic man or woman who puts the needs of the greater good before their own, but desires to idolize that which is the most glamorous, wealthy, strong, intelligent or beautiful.
Christ is the God-man, our savior and redeemer, who descended from heaven and frees us from the bonds of fear, doubt and evil. Yet, sadly too often takes second place or worse in our thoughts, affections and time. Since his resurrection over 2000 years ago, Our Lord has set aside countless men and women to serve him. Saints called to renounce worldly fame, money, prestige, honor, comfort and even their very life. They gladly give up everything to the One who reigns over all creation and desires to share his Divine life with us in heaven forever.
Noel Chabanel answered Christ’s
call, joined the Society of Jesus at age seventeen and burned with desire to
work as a missionary and shed his blood as a martyr. Once given the chance to come and work among
the natives in
Consistent and determined by God’s grace and bound by obedience, Noel Chabanel continued to serve Our Lord faithfully despite ridicule, loneliness, disappointment and spiritual dryness. Through persevering prayer and unshakable faith, this saint-hero was graced with the crown of martyrdom on December 8.