“Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan” Photo by Alex Tora [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

“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.” (St. Paul Miki, Martyr)

The Memorial of St. Paul Miki (1564-1597) and his Companions is February 6.

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