QotD – I do not hate them – 2.6.2016

“The sentence of judgment says these men came to Japan from the Philippines, but I did not come from any other country. I am a true Japanese. The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I certainly did teach the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason I die. I believe that I am telling only 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 to 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 from his cross before being lanced. 1597 AD)

He Fights for Us

Reflection from the readings for November 14, 2015

Scripture has two authors.  The human being writing it in a specific time and place, and the eternal God who, as spirit, is outside of time and space.  Thus, there are always two senses through which to approach a passage, the literal and the spiritual.  In other words, what did the specific person, in their specific setting intend to say, and what is the limitless God still saying?  It is through this spiritual sense that I want to look at the first half of our passage from the book of Wisdom. Continue reading “He Fights for Us”

Desensitized

A Reflection on the Readings for Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

There are many things that threaten our spiritual life.  We can become overly scrupulous – convinced that every little thing is the gravest of sins – or we can have a dull conscience that doesn’t convict us of anything.  We can put undue emphasis on material goods or on spiritual goods to the detriment of the other.  And the list goes on for a long time.  I think one the greatest threats we face is for Christ to become lackluster. Continue reading “Desensitized”