Saints of the Society of Jesus: Blessed Camillus Constanzo and Blessed Augustine Ota

12 October, Martyrs

Father Constanzo, an Italian, having been banished from Japan, returned in the disguise of a soldier. In the midst of the flames he preached to the people, sang the praises of God, then exclaimed in the Japanese language three times, “Oh, how well it is with me!” and finally, holding erect his majestic form, cried out five times, “Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus” and gave up his spirit. The crews of thirteen Dutch and English vessels in the port of Nagasaki beheld his martyrdom. Augustine Ota, a lay-brother, received into the Society by Father Camillus on the eve of his execution and therefore called a novice of one day, after having taken his vows of devotion, as they are called, of poverty, chastity, and obedience, was beheaded.