Born in Santander, Spain, Emmanuel became a Franciscan priest and served as a missionary in Damascus. Not much is known about his early life but he is known for his heroic death in defense of his faith. This was at a time when anti-Christian riots shook Syria and many lost their lives. Among the lives lost were Emmanuel, superior of the Franciscan convent, seven other friars, and three laymen. When a crowd came looking for men, Emmanuel, and the others refused to become Muslims. Then they were exposed to horrible tortures before their martyrdom.
I pray for anyone that withstands persecution for their beliefs and their faith. Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and his Companions endured severe persecution and death, may their example and intercessions strengthen those going through their own trials. Amen.