Blessed John Francis Burte was born in Rambervillers, France. At age 16, Blessed John Burte became a Franciscan and taught theology to young friars, monks that are devoted to religious life. He later became the guardian of a large convent in Paris until he was arrested and kept captive. During this time, the Civil Constitution of the Clergy required all priests to take an oath which forced them to deny their faith. Blessed John Francis Burte along with bishops, priests and other religious victims refused to take an oath and therefore they were killed. Although their martyrdom spans several years, they are all later known as the victims of the French Revolution or as Blessed John Francis Burte and his Companions because they all gave their lives for the same belief.
O God, help us through the intersection of Blessed John Francis Burte to remain strong in our faith especially during difficult times. Help us to turn to you and seek your guidance. Amen.
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