Today is the Feast of the first martyrs in Japan, which occurred on February 5, 1597 at Nagasaki. The age of martyrs is not past. Even now we know that in other parts of the world, martyrdom unto death is still occurring. Give thanks for those who stood steadfast in ages past, and pray for those who may yet have to bear witness by the shedding of blood. Pray for your own fortitude as witness to the truth in Christ.
-Br. David Allen, SSJE