The Christians of Japan showed how important meditation on the crucifix is to our faith. They were cut off from all foreign influence from 1638 to 1854. The priests, religious and many of the faithful were put to death. The Christians who remained in hiding could not have sacramentals for fear of being found and executed. Some clever ones designed this silver plate, which looked just like a mirror. However, when light was projected onto it a hidden crucifix could be seen. thus the faithful were always reminded of Calvary, of the Sacred Host and the Mass which they were deprived of for 200 years.
The Japanese also honoured the crucifix by choosing to be put to death rather than to tread on the "fumie", which was a likeness of Jesus or Mary.
"The inner life of another that is known to God alone becomes to a much less degree open to us through friendship. It partially fills the desire of our incomplete, lonely hearts for completeness in another. Friendship brings out the best in a person through forgetfulness of self." - St. Thomas Aquinas