Tuesday, September 28, 2010

St. Lawrence Ruiz and companions

St. Lorenzo "Lawrence" Ruiz is the first Filipino to be canonized along with 15 companions, Dominicans and lay missionaries from Spain, France and the Philippines. He was a married man with two sons and a daughter. Lawrence and companions were martyred in Japan after terrible tortures between 1633 and 1637. The emperor of Japan was trying to purify Japan of the influence of Christianity.

Can people tell we are a Christian by the way we act? Is there enough "evidence" to "convict" us?

How many inconvenient things do we suffer each day? Most of us will never know death because of our faith. But we can unite all our sorrows, trial and sufferings with the martyrs and offer them up to Jesus for the salvation of the world.

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