this stunningly beautiful description of the martyrdom of Saint Paul
Miki and his companions. Imagine: a government leader wanting to turn
the persecution of Catholics into a public spectacle! It certainly
couldn't happen today, could it? (It made the Church stronger.)
the Church honors the memory of Saint Paul Miki and his companions.
Paul Miki was born in Japan between around 1565. He entered the Jesuit
order and preached the Gospel with great success, bringing the message
of Jesus Christ to many. When persecution of Christians became
oppressive, he was arrested along with 25 other companions, tortured,
then taken to Nagasaki and crucified. St. Paul Miki
died at the age of 34. Fear of persecution did not deter these brave
Christians from openly witnessing to Jesus, swaying others to believe in
Him. Christians today who are bold enough to witness to
their faith may not be nailed to a cross in one large act of martyrdom,
but face less dramatic martyrdom daily, as others ridicule their
lifestyle and message. They may not be gathered together and carted off
for torture, but every effort is made to push them to the sidelines of
public life and silence their voices in the marketplace. Rest assured,
it is no easier now in a society that reveres “tolerance” than for any
Christian who has preached the Gospel in any age or any place.
When Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI call for a “new
evangelization” in our world it is because the world has become
complacent in the face of a barrage of news, de-sensitized to the
radicalness of the Good News. Saint Paul Miki and his companions are
perfect role models for us, for their courage to respond to God’s
invitation to speak the Truth boldly to a world that did not want to
hear it. Don’t ask yourself if you would have done the same back then: are you doing it now?
afternoon I enjoyed seeing God's wondrous creation from about 3,500
feet on the sky. Taking off from the Carlisle airport I enjoyed a
marvelous short flight up to Bloomsburg. Landing at the little
Bloomsburg airport is technically challenging for a pilot in a small
plane, since there is a small mountain with some radio towers along the
standard traffic pattern for landing. So, you have to fly
a few hundred feet higher than normal when preparing to land, then lose
the extra altitude quickly on the base and final legs of the landing
pattern. I prayed a bit harder than usual, and thought I might have to
do a go-around and try again, but at the last minute it all worked and I
made a great landing. Along the way I saw the beauty of God's creation.
What a great day. Until the Patriots lost.
of all places, in the NYT, is an insightful Op-Ed piece on the media's
bias in reporting. Selective coverage is only one symptom: placement of
stories and pieces, choice of persons to interview, and the language and
terminology used, all reveal a newspaper's or blog's priorities. Bias
determines coverage as much as anything else, and it is nearly
impossible to find any old-style journalism (just
the facts, no interpretation or twist). Reporters interviewing other
reporters, as though they were the newsmakers or experts, does little
more than add bias to bias, rather than the simple reportage of events.
"We give you the news behind the news," one network boasts, but it is
plain to see tthat what they all give us is merely what they want the
news to be, not as it is. Never was the old saying more true: caveat
emptor. When receiving the "news" today, let the buyer beware of blind
spots and pet issues.
Christians this is a good analysis of the past week's events re : Komen
and Planned Parenthood. 1. We know that Komen money subsidizes
abortions; 2. We know that Planned Parenthood does not provide
mammograms but only writes prescriptions for them to be provided
elsewhere; 3. Any pretense of media objectivity as regards abortion has