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St. Paul Miki, SJ & Jesuit martyrs of Japan

Mk 6: 30-34

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.


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Smell Like the Sheep

Today we celebrate St. Paul Miki, a Jesuit seminarian martyred in sixteenth century Japan. Like many other martyrs throughout the centuries, accounts of his death tell of St. Paul Miki forgiving his executioners, praying for them, and preaching about Jesus even as he was brutally killed. Surely his heart was moved with pity for others, much like Jesus’ pity for the crowds following him and the apostles. Both Jesus and St. Paul Miki saw the spiritual poverty and earnest seeking among those drawn to them. Both upset the established status quo of their respective cultures. Both were compassionate and genuine in sharing the truth with love.

Who are the “sheep without a shepherd” in our communities today? When I strive to live out my faith, do I witness with joy and empathy? Is my heart compassionate like the heart of Christ, and moved with pity for the forgotten or marginalized?

Maggie Melchior is a convert to the Catholic faith. She currently serves as Coordinator of New Evangelization and Faith Formation for a parish in the Diocese of Green Bay.


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In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

from the Canticle of Zechariah, recited by St. Paul Miki and companions just before their execution


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February 06, 2016

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St. Paul Miki, SJ & Jesuit martyrs of Japan

Mk 6: 30-34

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.


Ignatian Reflection

Smell Like the Sheep

Today we celebrate St. Paul Miki, a Jesuit seminarian martyred in sixteenth century Japan. Like many other martyrs throughout the centuries, accounts of his death tell of St. Paul Miki forgiving his executioners, praying for them, and preaching about Jesus even as he was brutally killed. Surely his heart was moved with pity for others, much like Jesus’ pity for the crowds following him and the apostles. Both Jesus and St. Paul Miki saw the spiritual poverty and earnest seeking among those drawn to them. Both upset the established status quo of their respective cultures. Both were compassionate and genuine in sharing the truth with love.

Who are the “sheep without a shepherd” in our communities today? When I strive to live out my faith, do I witness with joy and empathy? Is my heart compassionate like the heart of Christ, and moved with pity for the forgotten or marginalized?

Maggie Melchior is a convert to the Catholic faith. She currently serves as Coordinator of New Evangelization and Faith Formation for a parish in the Diocese of Green Bay.


Prayer

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

from the Canticle of Zechariah, recited by St. Paul Miki and companions just before their execution

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DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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