What a penance the people of Japan are called upon to endure, just two days into the season of Lent. The horrific earthquake has been upgraded to magnitude 9.1, one of the greatest in recorded history. And, as anyone knows who has ever experienced a major earthquake, the shaking never stops. Sometimes the aftershocks are as bad as, or even worse than, the main shock. May St. Emedius, patron against earthquakes, obtain stillness for Japan.
May the Martyrs of Nagasaki intercede on behalf of their homeland, hallowed by their blood, in her agony.
And may St. Maximilian Kolbe, who loved the Japanese and worked to win them for the Church, fly to their aid.