Cusp-a point of transition, as from one historical period to the next;
the borders between the twelve astrological signs.
You are considered to be "on the cusp" if you were born
within a day or two of the beginning or end of any sign.

The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak, 1863; Albert Bierstadt

06 February 2010

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki, martyr, and his companions, martyrs

Saint Paul was born in Japan between 1564 and 1566. Entering the Society of Jesus, he preached the Gospel to the people with great success. But when persecution against Catholics became oppressive, he was arrested along with twenty-five others. After enduring torment and derision, they were finally taken to Nagasaki and there suffered crucifixion in 1597.

God our Father,
source of strength for all your saints,
you led Paul Miki and his companions through the suffering of the cross
to the joy of eternal life.
May their prayers give us the courage
to be loyal until death in professing our faith.
From Christian Prayer

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