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Mina’åse’

The familiar Chamorro saying of gratitude — “si yu’os ma’åse’” — is attributed to the seventeenth-century Spanish Jesuit missionary San Vitores as his final words, spoken to the Chamorro maga’låhi who had struck him down, Matå’pang.  “God is merciful.”  It had been the dream of his life to be martyred, and so he had his … Continue reading