A Test and Act of Faith
“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
Down through the centuries the followers of Christ would be called upon to profess their faith at various times and under various circumstances. For example, in Japan during the 16th and 17th centuries a persecution of the Church broke out. Many Catholics openly professed their faith and were tortured for it and put to death.
But one particular Japanese Christian lacked faith strong enough to endure persecution. Under torture he renounced his faith and his life was spared and he was given freedom to live. But when he did so, a Jesuit missionary priest, Father Mastrilli, bravely came forth from the crowd that had been watching him. He acknowledged that he was a Catholic priest. The Japanese officials arrested him immediately and began an excruciating ordeal of sixty hours of torture, finally executing him by beheading him.
The strong faith of this priest was an in Continue reading