I’ve just received the book The Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century, from Robert Royal.
See this Cardinal Newmann’s quote in the introduction:
“The early times of purity and truth have not passed away! They are present still! We are not solitary though we seem so. Few now alive understand or sanction us; but those multitudes in primitive time, who believed, and taught, and worshiped as we do, still live unto God, and, in their past deeds and their present voices, cry from the Altar. They animate us by their example; they cheer us by their company; they are on our right hand and our left. Martyrs, Confessors, and the like, high and low, who used the same Creeds, and celebrated the same Mysteries, and preached the same Gospel as we do. And to them were joined, as ages went on, even in fallen times, nay, even now in times of division, fresh and fresh witnesses from the Church below. In the world of spirits there is no difference of parties.”