The Joyful Japanese Martrys of Nagasaki

Posted February 6, 2017 6:44 pm by admin

Today is the feast of Saint Paul Miki and Companion martyrs, put to death by crucifixion on February 5, 1597 at Nagasaki, Japan, whose example offers  a healthy antidote to the rather darker and, to be quite honest, more depressing, meanderings and musings of the sad and tragic apostasy in the novel (now film) Silence.  The Office of Readings is a powerful contemporary testimony to the glorious martyrdom, as the Franciscan priests, brothers and their lay associates prayed, sang and forgave their executioners from their crosses, in their ironically joyful imitation of their Lord.  Father Paul Miki preached his last sermon from

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