The Word Among Us

February 2011 Issue

A Samurai’s Noble Death

The Witness of St. Paul Miki

By: Patricia Mitchell

A Samurai’s Noble Death: The Witness of St. Paul Miki by Patricia Mitchell

Paul Miki saw sparkling Nagasaki harbor coming into view. The six-hundred-mile trek from the Japanese capital of Kyoto through the cold and snow was nearly over. It had taken almost one month.

Along the road, villagers jeered at him and the others who had been sentenced to die for their Christian beliefs. “Fools,” they...

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