October 12: Blessed Pacifico de Valencia

Blessed Pacifico de Valencia
1874 – 1936


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  1. Nan says:

    Courtesy of Jose Vicente Esteve, Capuchino, and googlematic translations

    Pedro Salcedo Puchades nació en Castellar (Valencia) el 24 de febrero de 1874. He was the second of five children who formed the family of Mathias and Helena. He received the sacrament of baptism in the parish of Castellar the day after his birth.

    Parents and children were laborers, so he had no or opportunity to get schooling. He was a man of hard work in the garden, which fed his spirit with the frequent participation in the celebrations of the parish church. Pere of the channel, as he was familiarly known, was characterized by his mercy. Something had to be inside him, based on his look and his attitude. Pedro was looking for something more to his life. He was helped in this pursuit by the Capuchin convent of the Magdalena Hucknall, where he was going some Sundays. Why not be one of them?

    An unexpected development was the final push he needed to make the decision that was maturing. He was working in a mill when they found a rosary. One of his companions snatched it from his hands and threw it to the boiler, which exploded shortly afterwards, causing the death of he who had destroyed the rosary and other laborers. He was so impressed by this fact that he decided to seek membership in the Order.
    henceforth known: Fray Pacific Valencia. It fit well with his temperament, the name of this partner of San Francisco, famous for his verse. He received the Capuchin habit from the hands of Fr. Francisco de Orihuela, who was then master of novices. He made simple profession in the hands of Fr Luis de Masamagrell on June 21, 1900. A few months before had entered the novitiate, so had Berardo Place New Fenollet, who also won the palm of martyrdom.

    Fr. Pacific, who traveled many times to walk people begging, lived in only two convents: those of Monforte del Cid and Hucknall. In the latter was from 1911 until his death.

    Superiors entrusted him with the job of alms, “which carries many dangers,” he said as his teacher for novices. And not a few difficulties, we might add, because the calls, although light habit, it is not always well received. He toured villages and fields picking up what he gave to the livelihoods of the monks and seminarians Seraphic. Outside the convent he sought to build at all with his proper conduct and sincerity. At the turn, even when he was tired, hewent to all acts of community, and helped in everything.

    He tried to help at as many Masses could. It was his way of expressing love for Jesus in the Eucharist and its respect for the brothers priests. He was also a devotee of the Virgin Mary. I could not miss in him a love for the mother of the Lord, so ingrained in the province of Valencia coachbuilt thanks to the teachings of P. Francisco de Orihuela, but not only him.

    To be dissolved the community of Magdalena, he went to his parental home, where his older brother lived in Castellar. He remained calm, and said that he certainly would go to him and be martyred, but that he was ready to martyrdom. A nephew of his encouraged him, saying, grab a crucifix and apriétalo in your hands and not be afraid of the persecutors.

    On the night of Oct. 12 militiamen were around the house. They forced all of the house, who were having dinner, to get to the wall, and then asked which was the religious. Fr. Pacific, without doubting, replied: “I am myself.” After recording the house forced him to go with them, carrying the saddlebags containing rosaries and utensils for their use. He said they already do, the dinner at the governor. Some neighbors were witnesses to this march. Fr. Pacific along the way read aloud the Holy Rosary, while he was mistreated with pushing, rifle butts and kicked. When he reached the weir of Monteolivete along the river, he was shot and his corpse left there.

    The next day, when relatives went to the morning market, they recognized his corpse at the roadside. He was lying on the ground, and closely with his left hand that had the crucifix on the chest. They could also see his scapular. He had head injuries, but his face was not decomposed, giving the feeling of being asleep. He was taken to the General Cemetery of Valencia, and buried in a mass grave.

    He was a true martyr of the Church, a good, simple man. He was a very good monk, said after learning his death. In the minutes of their profession, it simply reads: “write and not knowing what I signed with the cross. ” The cross was the signing of Fr. Pacífico, one of the few he did in life, in this case a prelude to his martyrdom. The cross, drawn with stroke decided, marked his religious life as Capuchin and was joined to the victory of the Risen Lord.

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