For Brother Brother Hieronymus Li, a Trappist monk of Our Lady of Consolation abbey, the Death March in the mountains of northern China ended at Teng Chia Yu.
Born in 1873, no longer would the native of the Yu Chou Hsien, in Chahar province suffer torture at the hands of the Chinese Communists.
The Trappist Brother died loyal to Christ and to Pope.
He was one of many who died in September 1947.
At the announcement of each death, the monks' torturer, Tui-Shih, Li could barely contain his glee.
“Wonderful! We have saved one more bullet!” he cheered.
After each death of their confreres, four monks, escorted by weapon-ready soldiers, carried each body to where they would be forced to dump their confrere in a shallow grave, covered over with a powdering of dirt.
At night, the smell of death lured the wolves and wild dogs that unearthed the decaying bodies, tearing off legs and arms, gnawing on the flesh and muscle. What wasn’t devoured was left lying on the ground, visible.
Only after the villagers of Teng Chia Yu complained to the Communists were the dead reburied, with the mauled remains re-interred in a grave slightly deeper, or just deep enough.
VIVA CRISTO REY! 萬歲耶穌基督國王!