During the Death March in the northern mountains of China, many Trappist monks had succombed to the brutal beatings and torture at the hands of the Chinese Communists.
In his makeshift prison cell in Mu Chia Chuang, Father Augustinus Faure (b. 1873) remained on the floor, in a heap.
Originally with the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, a master of the novices, he was much loved by others in the Community of Our Lady of Consolation.
On October 18, 1947, he ate what was given to him by his tormentors.
Delirium, fever, thirst soon followed.
He begged for a drink of water.
One of the guards mocked, “All your life you have served God, and now He is not able to give you a drop of water to drink.”
Father Augustinus sighed his final, dying words, “I thirst.”
VIVA CRISTO REY! 萬歲耶穌基督國王!