Tuesday, January 7, 2014

saint of the year

So I joined the crowd with the Saint's Name Generator... and got someone I'd never heard of.

St. Paul Miki was a Japanese Jesuit in the 1500s known for his eloquent preaching, and became one of the 26 Martyrs of Japan (whose feast day is February 6th) when he was forced to march 600 miles and then crucified (!!) for his beliefs in 1597 at the age of 35.  Legend has it that he preached his last sermon from the cross and forgave his executioners before he died.

Preached his last sermon from the cross?! Talk about inner peace in the midst of chaos!  Can you imagine?!  And I act like my trials are so difficult.

St. Paul Miki, pray for us.

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