St. Paul Miki (1565?-1597) and his companions were martyred in Japan at the end of the sixteenth century. Saint Paul was a Jesuit brother born in Japan.
The Catholic Church initially well received by natives met extreme hostility and persecutions in later centuries. As a language school student, I met Sister Hirama from Japan, many eyars ago. I don’t remember the name of her congregation. She was older from all of us. But she was highly respected by other students. She was always prepared, and often helped others with homework. She spoke few words, and only when asked or when necessary. She was very kind and long after our ways parted, she used to write me postcards from the Philippines where she was sent. Until one Christmas no card arrived. Japanese people never give up easily.
Father Donald Calloway MIC is an author of the bestselling book: “Consecration to Saint Joseph.” Pope Francis named SAINT JOSEPH as the patron saint for this challenging year. As Father Calloway says, "where shall we go to fix this if not to a carpenter who does fix the things." PREPARATION FOR THE CONSECRATION starts soon, on February 15th. The video to Canadians posted by Father Calloway does encourage everyone to take a chance and turn to Saint Joseph as soon as possible. Please share with your family and friends!
See also: www.fathercalloway.com, and www.consecrationtostjoseph.org