Saints of the Society of Jesus: Blessed Paul Navarro and Companions

5 March; Martyrs

The execution of Blessed Father Paul Navarro, with his three companions, Japanese novice-brothers, took place in the year 1622. On the previous evening he wrote: “I die full of security and joy, trusting to the merits of Jesus Christ, my Saviour, Who died for me, and for Whose presence I yearn with all my soul. [Signed] Paul Navarro, who in a few hours will be burnt for Jesus Christ.” He went to the stake in his bare feet, with his rosary around his neck, and, after he died, a hair shirt which he wore was found intact.

All four martyrs continued chanting the Litanies till their voices failed. Father Navarro was a great preacher and the author of many Japanese books.