Sunday, February 06, 2005

If it were not Sunday...
today would be the feast of St. Paul Miki, S.J., Martyrs, and his Companions, Martyrs.
Those companions included children- a 12-year-old boy and two thirteen-year-olds. One of the young teenagers, Thomas Kozaki, wrote a letter to his mother on the night before the execution:

Dear Mother: Dad and I are going to heaven. There we shall await you. Do not be discouraged even if all the priests are killed. Bear all sorrow for our Lord and do not forget you are now on the true road to heaven. You must not put my smaller brothers in pagan families. Educate them yourself. These are the dying wishes of father and son. Goodbye, Mother dear. Goodbye.


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