Saint Paul was born in Japan between 1564 and 1566. Entering the Society of Jesus, he preached the Gospel to the people with great success. But when persecution against Catholics became oppressive, he was arrested along with twenty-five others. After enduring torment and derision, they were finally taken to Nagasaki and there suffered crucifixion in 1597 on the vigil of this day.
The destruction of martyrs reflects the enormity of evil in the world at all times through history. Like the Martyrs, we are sustained by courageous adherence to our Faith.
God our Father, source of strength for all your saints, you led Paul Miki and his companions through the suffering of the cross to the joy of eternal life. May their prayers give us the courage to be loyal until death in processing our faith. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.