Japan: 17th Century Catholic Warriors and Martyrs, the Heroic Samurai Masuda

“The superior man is catholic and not partisan. The mean man is partisan and not catholic.” ─ Confucius, The Analects, 2.XIV

Ima rojo shiteiru mono wa, raise made tomo to naru.” (“Now, those who accompany me in being besieged in this castle, will be my friends unto the next world.”) ― Masuda Tokisada’s ‘Death Poem.’

National Catholic Register, Angelo Stagnaro: Here’s the story of Masuda Tokisada, a faithful Japanese boy warrior who gave up his life to fight religious persecution against Catholics. He led a huge army into battle and shed blood in order to stop oppression and unjust violence. Story is here.