Feb. 6, 2017 (Paul Miki and companions)

Today’s Memorial remembers 26 martyrs . Paul Miki is, perhaps, the most famous one. They were missionaries that included lay, clergy, and religious. Miki was Japanese. They were crucified on a hill overlooking Nagasaki. This was 1295. Missionaries returned to Japan in the 1860’s thinking there were no Christians in the country. They were pleasantly surprised to see thousands of Christians. The death of these martyrs didn’t result in the elimination of Christianity but Christianity went underground. They kept the faith. “The blood of the martyrs is seeds of the Church,” indeed!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s