Kresta in the Afternoon – July 29, 2020 – Hour 2

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+  The Shepherd who Didn't Run

  • Description: July 28 is the Feast of Blessed Stanley Rother, the first martyr born in the US. Known as the “shepherd who didn’t run,” he is known for his work in Guatemala with the Tz'utujil natives. He knew he was being targeted by local death squads, but he refused to abandon his flock. Maria Scaperlanda shares his story.
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    • Maria Scaperlanda
      Maria Scaperlanda is the author of The Shepherd who Didn’t Run and Their Faith Has Touched Us: The Legacies of Three Young Oklahoma City Bombing Victims. She’s an author and blogger who has been published in America Magazine, St. Anthony Messenger, the New York Times, Our Sunday Visitor and other national and regional publications. She’s also the author of Edith Stein: The Life and Legacy of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and other books and a former Director and Vice-President on the Catholic Press Association Board, and a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, an international community of intellectuals. Find her blog at
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    • The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run: Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma

      "The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger." - Fr. Stanley Francis Rother Fr. Stanley Rother was true to his word. He did not run. And was martyred at the age of 46. Fr. Stanley arrived in Guatemala in 1968, and immediately identified with his parishioners' simple, farming lifestyle. He learned their languages, prepared them for the Sacraments, and cared for their needs. Fr. Stanley, or "Padre Francisco" as he was called by his beloved Tz'utujil Indians, had found his heart's calling. After nearly a decade, the violence of the Guatemalan civil war found its way into the peaceful village. Disappearances, killings, and danger became daily occurrences, but despite this unrest Fr. Stanley remained hard at work, building a farmer's co-op, a school, a hospital, and the first Catholic radio station, used for catechesis. In early 1981, his name was on a death list, so he returned to Oklahoma and was warned not to return. But he could not abandon his people, so he went back, and made the ultimate sacrifice for his faith. "Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people," said Fr. Stanley, "that our presence among them will fortify them to endure these sufferings in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom." (learn more)

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