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Blessed Justo Takayama: the Blessed Samurai

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

Homily of His Excellency Archbishop Charles John Brown
Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines
at the Eucharistic Celebration
for the Feast of Blessed Justo Takayama Udon

“As it is written: ‘For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:36-39).

Saintly Samurai

The story of Blessed Justo Takayama is intimately connected to the story of the evangelization of Japan. And also, of course, to the story of the Catholic Church here in the Philippines.