St Paul Miki And The Martyrs of Japan


Paul was the son of a Japanese military leader. He was born at Tounucumada, Japan, was educated at the Jesuit college of Anziquiama, joined the Jesuits in 1580, and became known for his eloquent preaching. He was crucified on February 5 with twenty-five other Catholics during the persecution of Christians under the Taiko, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, ruler of Japan in the name of the Emperor. Among the Japanese laymen who suffered the same fate were: Francis, a carpenter who was arrested while watching the executions and then crucified; Gabriel, the nineteen year old son of the Franciscan’s porter; Leo Kinuya, a twenty-eight year old carpenter from Miyako; Diego Kisai (or Kizayemon), temporal coadjutor of the Jesuits; Joachim Sakakibara, cook for the Franciscans at Osaka; Peter Sukejiro, sent by a Jesuit priest to help the prisoners, who was then arrested; Cosmas Takeya from Owari, who had preached in Osaka; and Ventura from Miyako, who had been baptized by the Jesuits, gave up his Catholicism on the death of his father, became a bonze, and was brought back to the Church by the Franciscans. They were all canonized as the Martyrs of Japan in 1862. Their feast day is February 6th.

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4 Responses to St Paul Miki And The Martyrs of Japan

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  2. johnkonnor72 says:

    …In order for efficacious grace to build upon our nature we need the guts to say yes …every moment of the day when we are tempted to turn and run in the face of persecution…we dont have to be smart pretty or clever since grace builds on nature to equivocate us with the angels…in fact as padre pio said one thing the. Angels envy of us is that they cannot provide the gift of suffering for justice to endure hardships..its those who care that suffer the most…i suppose that is the essence of our sojourn here we learn what love is..if we were given beatitude right off the bat we could never be fulfilled since for a being to potentiate itself it needs to come to know itself through experience..sense and sensibility ….as gunnery sargeant. Said in full metal jacket..”.Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Private Joker is silly and ignorant, but. he’s got guts. And guts is enough.”…for God guts is enough he will help us actualize ourselves…God is one in all things yet all things are myriad and unique since God is so vast he must express his beauty in myriad variety…


  3. Toad says:

    Christians seem to have made crucifixion rather modish wherever they go in the world.

    Or were the Japanese already crucifying before the Christians arrived?


  4. johnkonnor72 says:

    …Since Christ died before all men as a testimony for all that God’s’action of supremem love had once and all vanquished sin..the mode is apt since crucifixion requires many stages of debasement of the condemned and so symbolically God endured all in front of many to remit the sin of many…if he was killed in a dark alley or if he simply cut himself and poured his blood into cup it would not carry the same spiritual significance…crucifixion is an execution by the many so that the victim may be bled dry truly immolated ..the myrrh which is burnt to ash a perfect offering..which as an execution has no equal in spiritual and physical symbolism crucifixion is not modish Christ took a fiendish mode of criminal punishment and metamorphisized it into a symbol of love and freedom from the world..


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