Monday, February 06, 2006

The Feast of the Martyrs of Nagasaki
is today. There is information on them here. Prayers for the growth and spread of the Church in Japan would be most welcome.
The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die. I believe that I am telling the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ's example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain.

- St. Paul Miki, S.J.


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