Jesuit saints & blesseds: February 2010 Archives
I have found a person after my own heart who will put into action all that I desire.
Lord and Father of us all, You spoke to Saint Claude, Your faithful servant, in the silence of his heart, so that he might bear witness to the riches of Your love. May Your gifts of grace continue to enlighten and console Your Church.
God, our Father, source of strength for all Your saints, You led Peter Baptist, Paul Miki, and their companions through the sufferings of the cross to the joy eternal life. May their prayers give us the courage to be loyal until death in professing our faith.
Today the Church commemorates twenty-six martyrs, three Jesuits and six Franciscans, crucified in Nagasaki, Japan, on February 5, 1597. Most were Japanese and most were laypersons and they were among the first martyrs of a young Church. The names of the martyrs are:
Fathers Peter Baptist, Martin of the Ascension, Francis Blanco; Seminarian Philip of Jesus; Brothers Gonsalvo Garzia, Francis of St Michael with seventeen native Franciscan Tertiaries
Seminarians Paul Miki, John Goto, and Brother James Kisai
They were beatified by Pope Urban VIII on September 14, 1627 and canonized by Pope Pius IX on June 8, 1862.
One historical note, to date the Catholic Church in Japan has 410 beatified and/or canonized martyrs.