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By Father Richard G. Malloy, SJ

TO GET TO MY MISSION territory, I only have to walk down the hall from where I live in a college dorm. St. Isaac Jogues had to paddle the rivers of present-day Canada and New York to get to his mission lands, but in many ways, I think it is more difficult to get into and be noticed in the territory to which I am sent: the minds, hearts, and imaginations of young adults. Overseeing university ministries at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, I and other campus ministers must search for ways to get today’s 18- to 21-yearolds’ souls open to God’s action in their lives. One canoe that may get us there is a short spiritual exercise made famous by St. Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises: the Examen.
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Father Richard G. Malloy, SJ, is vice president for mission and ministry at the University of Scranton, where he also teaches cultural anthropology. His book A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century (Orbis Books) received a “Best Presentation of the Catholic Faith” award from the Catholic Press Association.

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Paul Miki and Companions: Nagasaki, Japan, is familiar to Americans as the city on which the second atomic bomb was dropped, immediately killing over 37,000 people. Three and a half centuries before, 26 martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain, overlooking Nagasaki. Among them were priests, brothers and laymen, Franciscans, Jesuits and members of the Secular Franciscan Order; there were catechists, doctors, simple artisans and servants, old men and innocent children—all united in a common faith and love for Jesus and his Church. 
<p>Brother Paul Miki, a Jesuit and a native of Japan, has become the best known among the martyrs of Japan. While hanging upon a cross, Paul Miki preached to the people gathered for the execution: “The sentence of judgment says these men came to Japan from the Philippines, but I did not come from any other country. I am a true Japanese. The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I certainly did teach the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason I die. I believe that I am telling only the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you to become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ’s example I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain.” </p><p>When missionaries returned to Japan in the 1860s, at first they found no trace of Christianity. But after establishing themselves they found that thousands of Christians lived around Nagasaki and that they had secretly preserved the faith. Beatified in 1627, the martyrs of Japan were finally canonized in 1862.</p> American Catholic Blog By way of analogy, we are taught that we all have the same sun shining on us and we all have the same rain falling on us. It is how we deal with sun and rain, how we deal with the happy and the not-so-happy things of life that causes our interior weather. Basically, we do it to ourselves.

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