Sep 28 - “St. Lorenzo Ruiz” © artwork by Julie Lonneman. Happy Feast Day St. Ruiz!
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Prior to being falsely accused of killing a Spaniard, Lorenzo Ruiz lived a contented and religious life with his wife and three children. He sought asylum on board a ship with Dominican missionaries. Once they were underway he learned that they were going to Japan during a time of intense Christian persecution. Soon after landing at Okinawa, they were discovered, arrested, and taken to Nagasaki. They endured brutal tortures for days. These methods brought some of his companions to recant their faith. At one point, Lorenzo broke down, but after his moment of crisis, he reclaimed his faith and defied his tormentors. He is the first canonized Filipino martyr.
"I am a Catholic and happy to die for God. If I have a thousand lives to offer, I will offer them to God."
Philippines, c. 1600-1637.
His feast day is September 28.