QotD – Come Fire and Cross – 2.19.2016

At last I am well on the way to being a disciple.  May nothing seen or unseen, fascinate me, so that I may happily make my way to Jesus Christ!  Fire, cross, struggles with wild beasts, wrenching bones, mangling of limbs, crunching of the whole body, cruel tortures inflicted by the devil – let them come upon me, provided only I make my way to Jesus Christ. (Ignatius of Antioch. Letter to the Romans. ~110 AD. 5)

Lessons from the Past

Scripture Readings

Today is the feast of St. Paul Miki and companions.  They are 26 Japanese martyrs from 1597.  As Vatican II confirms, martyrdom is one of the highest witnesses to love and an unquestionably powerful testimony to the Gospel and its demand to forgive our persecutors.  Celebrating the feasts of martyrs from every age reminds us of the Council’s words that, “And while it [martyrdom] is given to few, all, however, must be prepared to confess Christ before humanity and to follow him along the way of the cross amid the persecutions which the Church never lacks” (Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 42, Austin Flannery translation).  There is another lesson I draw from this feast day, the danger of political hijacking. Continue reading “Lessons from the Past”

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)

Whatever Happened to that Guy?

Reading: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31

Have you ever sat around with friends and reminisced about someone?  It usually starts with, “Hey, do you remember the time that so & so did this?”  An hour later you all have smiles on your faces as you’ve relived every positive memory.  Then it comes to a close as someone asks, “Whatever happened to him/her?”  Maybe there are vague guesses as to their marital state, the possibility of children, or which “M” state they live in now.  I wonder if this scenario ever occurred with Paul and his Roman guard. Continue reading “Whatever Happened to that Guy?”