The Holy Martyrs of Nagasaki
Dear brothers and sisters,
On February 6, the Church remembers the Holy Martyrs of Nagasaki, Peter Baptist, Paul Miki and Companions, also known as the 26 Martyrs of Japan. They were three Japanese Jesuits, six Franciscan friars and seventeen Japanese Secular Franciscans, crucified on February 5, 1597. They were canonized by Pope Pius IX in 1862.
From the letter of Friar Peter Baptist, February 2, 1597: Dearest brothers, help us with your prayers that our death may be acceptable to the majesty of God in heaven where, God willing, we hope to go. We will remember you. We have not forgotten your love here. I have loved you and still love you with all my heart. I wish you the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Farewell, dearest brothers, because there is no longer any time to speak to you. Till we meet in heaven. Remember me.
Love will be the topic of our February 3 meeting.
Please bring a copy of the Rule.
With Peace and love,
Donna, OFS Minister
Secular Franciscan Order
Old Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
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