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This Mexican Merchant Missed His Ordination and Ended up a Martyr

This Mexican Merchant Missed His Ordination and Ended up a Martyr

Felipe de Jesus never made made it back to Mexico, becoming the first to die for the faith in Japan

San Felipe de Jesus may be the patron of Mexico City and one of the 26 Martyrs of Japan, but he reportedly began life as a frivolous boy and was later a reluctant priest.

Born in 1572 in Mexico City, Felipe joined a new Franciscan order called the Reformed Franciscans of the Province of St. Didacus, founded by St. Peter Baptista. Not long afterward, however, Felipe became disinterested in religious life and in 1589 left the community. He became a merchant and took to the high seas, landing in the Philippines. A year after he arrived, though, he was drawn to the Franciscans again and reentered the order in Manila.

There was no ordinary in the Philippines at the time, so when Felipe was ready to receive holy orders, his superiors ordered him back to Mexico. Bound for his homeland on a Spanish war vessel, with four other friars aboard — another Franciscan, a Dominican and two Augustinians — the ship was blown off course in a terrible storm and they landed in Japanese waters, stranded on the island of Tosa.

Officials seized the boat and soon became suspicious of the Catholic missionaries since the ship was carrying ammunition. The captain made the mistake of praising the king of Spain and said the missionaries were preparing the way for a Spanish conquest. Infuriated, the Japanese emperor ordered Felipe and his missionary companions arrested, along with the founder of Felipe’s order, Peter Baptist, who had already been working in Japan for a few years. Seventeen Japanese Franciscan tertiaries, as well as Jesuit Paul Miki, and his two servants, were also seized.

On January 3, 1597, Felipe and his missionary companions were marched through the streets of Kyoto, all of them with their ears sliced off. Two and a half weeks later, they were taken to Osaka and then on to Nagasaki where they were brought to a hilltop, now called the “Mount of Martyrs,” and crucified. Each was made to stand on a cross beam, then their arms were tied to another beam and they were held to an upright pole with an iron collar. The practice was then to spear the person through both sides of his chest, after which death came quickly.

Fr. Jose Aguilar, a Mexican Jesuit living at the Jesuit residence near the 26 Martyrs Museum in Nagasaki told The Catholic Sun in 2013 that the beam Filipe was standing on broke, so the Franciscan was choking from the collar. The order for his execution was given immediately and with that, he became the first of the 26 Christian martyrs in Japan, as well as the first Mexican martyr.

Pope Pius IX declared Felipe a saint on June 8, 1862, and he was named the patron saint of Mexico City. During the three-year Cristero War, which began in 1926, many turned to Felipe’s intercession. Devotion to him was so fervent in Mexico that when it was time to build the 26 Martyrs Museum and Shrine in Japan, many tradesmen and artisans from Mexican came to help. At the shrine’s dedication in 1962, more than 600 Mexicans were in attendance.

Though the seeds of the more than 250,000 Japanese martyrs have yet to bear the fruit of widespread faith in Japan, the little church near the 26 Martyrs Museum, named for San Felipe, stands as a moving reminder of the heroic virtue of Mexico City’s patron saint.

The Book That Changed The Life of Saint Pope John Paul II

The Book That Changed The Life of Saint Pope John Paul II

Saint Pope John Paul II, pointed to his consecration to Mary as a turning point in his life, saying:

‘The reading of this book (True Devotion to Mary) was a decisive turning-point in my life. I say “turning-point,” but in fact it was a long inner journey. . . – This “perfect devotion” is indispensable to anyone who means to give himself without reserve to Christ and to the work of redemption.’

Considered by many to be the greatest single book of Marian spirituality ever written, True Devotion to Mary is St Louis de Montfort’s classic statement on the spiritual way to Jesus Christ though the Blessed Virgin Mary. Beloved by countless souls, this book sums up the entire Christian life, showing a way of holiness that is short, easy, secure, and perfect—a way of life chosen by Our Lord Himself.

In this beautiful and sublimely inspiring book, de Montfort explains the wonderful spiritual effects which true devotion to Mary brings about in a person’s life.

This new edition in the TAN Classic format includes an expanded Preparation for Total Consecration with readings and prayers. There is no better way to advance quickly in holiness, no better way to please God, and no better way to guarantee one’s present sanctity and eternal salvation than the true devotion to Mary.

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Practical Tips on How to Overcome Temptation by St. Francis de Sales

Practical Tips on How to Overcome Temptation by St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales, a holy and devout bishop during the 17th century, wrote a classic spiritual book called Introduction to the Devout Life. He related practical advice for the average layperson in his book, which has remained a great source of inspiration throughout the centuries

Here are five powerful quotes from this book, in which de Sales explains what to do when you are in the midst of a temptation.

So soon as you feel yourself anywise tempted, do as our little children when they see a wolf or a bear in the mountains. Forthwith they run to the protection of their father or mother, or at least cry out for help.

Do you fly in like manner to God, claiming His compassion and succor,—it is the remedy taught us by our Lord Himself: “Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”

If, nevertheless, the temptation persists or increases, hasten in spirit to embrace the holy Cross, as though you beheld Jesus Christ Crucified actually Present.

Make firm protests against consenting, and ask His Help thereto; and, so long as the temptation lasts, do you persist in making acts of non-consent. But while making these acts and these protests, do not fix your eyes on the temptation,—look solely on Our Lord, for if you dwell on the temptation, especially when it is strong, your courage may be shaken.

Divert your mind with any right and healthy occupation, for if that takes possession and fills your thoughts, it will drive away temptation and evil imaginations.

 

Viral Video of 10 Miracles That Science Can’t Explain

Viral Video of 10 Miracles That Science Can’t Explain

 

There can be several definitions of the word “miracle” and one of them is

“A miracle is a less common kind of God’s activity in which he arouses people’s awe and wonder and bears witness to himself.? He justifies this definition by awe, or amazement in such a way that God bears witness to himself (Systematic Theology, chapter 52).pointing out the deficiencies in other commonly proposed definitions

Science may have the answers to many of life’s questions, but every now and then something so miraculous happens that it seems to like there’s no earthly way to make sense of it. From a flame-throwing river to bodies that just won’t rot, here are 10 miracles that science can’t explain.

 

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