Saint Magdalene of Nagasaki, Augustinian Martyr

October 20

“You’re a Christian, you carry on your forehead the cross of Christ. The mark stamped on you teaches you what you should profess. When he was hanging on the cross – the cross you carry on your forehead … he was looking round at the people raving against him, putting up with their insults, praying for his enemies. Even while he was being killed, the doctor was curing the sick with his blood. He said, you see, ‘Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing (Lk 23:34). Nor were these words futile or without effect. And of those people, thousands later on believed in the one they had slain, so that they learned how to suffer for him who had suffered both for them and at their hands.”

Sermon 302