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Thanks for posting! It is truly a moving, inspiring and beautiful story. Pertinent to our time. I was so pleased when I heard they were going to be beatified, still am. And it always causes me to wonder, in the grand scheme, why our country chose Nagasaki as a target some 60 years ago, it points to a spiritual battle, always underway.

To their amazement, they were visited one day by a Japanese man who was a Christian and who asked the priests three questions: whether they venerated Mary the Mother of God, whether they were married, and whether they followed the pope in Rome. When the answers proved satisfactory, a whole community of "hidden Christians" began with great joy to practice their faith openly.

I love the 3 questions. The Japanese Catholic community stayed faithful to church teaching, while in hiding, in persecution, for all those decades. Something our churches in the US could take a lesson from (and it seems our Pope is aware of this!).

7 posted on 12/13/2007 7:10:54 AM PST by fortunecookie (Communism/socialism has failed millions, it wasn't right for them - and it isn't right for US.)
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To: fortunecookie

Great points


23 posted on 12/13/2007 2:29:02 PM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: fortunecookie

“Kakure Kirishitans” or the “Hidden Christians” survived without priests for over 200 hundred years, seven generations, and passed on “orashayo”.

They celebrated Chistmas Eve with rice and sake for the Eucharist, they venerated Mary, the Mother of God, and baptised their children. All under threat of death.

A truly amazing story.


34 posted on 12/14/2007 8:33:59 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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