A Joyful Martyrdom at Nagasaki

Posted February 6, 2018 9:39 am by John Paul Meenan, Editor

A Joyful Martyrdom at Nagasaki

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 and film Silence.  The Office of Readings is a powerful contemporary testimony to their glorious martyrdom, as the Franciscan priests, brothers and their lay associates prayed, sang and forgave their executioners, as they hung from their crosses, in their ironically joyful imitation of their Lord.  Father Paul Miki preached his

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