Sunday, January 6, 2013
St. Magdalene of Nagasaki
Living just down the street from a large Augustinian-staffed church means getting to hear about many saints whose feasts or memorials are not recognized or sometimes even mentioned on the general calendar. St. Magdalene of Nagasaki is one such saint.
You can read more about her at this website.
Only 23 when she was put to death in Japan in 1634, Magdalene was an Augustinian tertiary whose parents were martyred while she was still in her teens. She served as a catechist and interpreter for Augustinian missionaries, risking great peril to herself. After some of the missionaries she worked with were burned at the stake, Magdalene found herself even more on fire with the faith and sought out other friars who she could serve. When they, too were put to death, she turned herself in to civil authorities, refusing to renounce Christianity.
Magdalene was sentenced to die by anazuri, whereby the accused are hung upside down by their heels over a pit of offal (animal intestines and other garbage). On the 13th day of her torture, her executioners filled the pit with water and drowned her. After her death for Christ, her body was burned and the ashes scattered in the Nagasaki bay to ensure that no relics would be left.
Magdalene was canonized by Blessed John Paul II in 1987. She is the patroness of evangelists, interpreters, writers and reporters.
May her love for Jesus Christ, her courage and her remarkable commitment to Him be an inspiration to the rest of us.
Posted by TLW at 8:58 AM