Much of Archbishop Văn Thuận’s holiness can be traced to that harrowing experience in a Vietnamese jail in the 1970s and 1980s.
He once said of his confinement that he was happy there, as it was God’s turn to speak and for him to listen.
He also devised the following “10 Rules of Life”:
“I will live the present moment to the fullest.”
“I will discern between God and God’s works.”
“I will hold firmly to one secret: prayer.”
“I will see in the holy Eucharist my only power.”
“I will have only one wisdom: the science of the cross.”
“I will remain faithful to my mission in the Church and for the Church as a witness of Jesus Christ.”
“I will seek the peace the world cannot give.”
“I will carry out a revolution by renewal in the Holy Spirit.”
“I will speak one language and wear one uniform: charity.”
“I will have one very special love: the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
The cause for the beatification of Cardinal Văn Thuận opened in 2007. Benedict XVI expressed his “profound joy” at the announcement, as did Catholics in Vietnam, who consider him “an example of holiness for the Catholics of Vietnam and the entire world.”