Saints of the Society of Jesus: Blessed Michael Carvalho

1 March, Martyrr

Father Michael Carvalho was burned to death at Omura, in Japan, in the year 1624, with one Dominican and several Franciscan friars for companions. They went to their place of torture carrying their stakes and singing psalms of thanksgiving. Fearing lest ambassadors from Spain should procure his deliverance, Father Michael wrote: “I should feel the greatest sorrow if Our Lord, on account of my sins, should withdraw me from the path of mercy and grace now open before me. I am always a prey to the fear lest the Lord should desire to punish me and deprive me of the supreme blessing, of which His divine goodness no longer considers me deserving. . . . Nothing in this life appears to me more desirable, more delightful, and more consoling than to give my life for so merciful a Saviour.”