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“URBI ET ORBI” MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

2020-12-26
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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Merry Christmas!

I would like to bring to everyone the message that the Church proclaims on this feast with the words of the prophet Isaiah: “To us a child is born, to us a son is given” (Is 9:6)

A child is born. A birth is always a source of hope; it is life that blossoms, a promise of the future. Moreover, this Child, Jesus, was born “to us”: an “us” without any borders, privileges or exclusions. The Child born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem was born for everyone: he is the “son” that God has given to the entire human family.

Thanks to this Child, all of us can speak to God and call him “Father”. Jesus is the only-begotten Son; no one but he knows the Father. Yet he came into the world for this very reason: to show us the face of the Father. Thanks to this Child, we can all call one another brothers and sisters, for so we truly are. We come from every continent, from every language and culture, with our own identities and differences, yet we are all brothers and sisters.

At this moment in history, marked by the ecological crisis and grave economic and social imbalances only worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, it is all the more important for us to acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters. God has made this fraternal unity possible, by giving us his Son Jesus. The fraternity he offers us has nothing to do with fine words, abstract ideals or vague sentiments. It is a fraternity grounded in genuine love, making it possible for me to encounter others different from myself, feeling com-passion for their sufferings, drawing near to them and caring for them even though they do not belong to my family, my ethnic group or my religion. For all their differences, they are still my brothers and sisters. The same thing is true of relationships between peoples and nations: brothers and sisters all!

At Christmas we celebrate the light of Christ who comes into the world; he comes for everyone, not just for some. Today, in this time of darkness and uncertainty regarding the pandemic, various lights of hope appear, such as the discovery of vaccines. But for these lights to illuminate and bring hope to all, they need to be available to all. We cannot allow the various forms of nationalism closed in on themselves to prevent us from living as the truly human family that we are. Nor can we allow the virus of radical individualism to get the better of us and make us indifferent to the suffering of other brothers and sisters. I cannot place myself ahead of others, letting the law of the marketplace and patents take precedence over the law of love and the health of humanity. I ask everyone – government leaders, businesses, international organizations – to foster cooperation and not competition, and to seek a solution for everyone: vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy of all regions of the planet. Before all others: the most vulnerable and needy!

May the Child of Bethlehem help us, then, to be generous, supportive and helpful, especially towards those who are vulnerable, the sick, those unemployed or experiencing hardship due to the economic effects of the pandemic, and women who have suffered domestic violence during these months of lockdown.

In the face of a challenge that knows no borders, we cannot erect walls. All of us are in the same boat. Every other person is my brother or my sister. In everyone, I see reflected the face of God, and in those who suffer, I see the Lord pleading for my help. I see him in the sick, the poor, the unemployed, the marginalized, the migrant and the refugee: brothers and sisters all!

On this day, when the word of God became a child, let us turn our gaze to the many, all too many, children worldwide, especially in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, who still pay the high price of war. May their faces touch the consciences of all men and women of good will, so that the causes of conflicts can be addressed and courageous efforts can be made to build a future of peace.

May this be a favourable time to ease tensions throughout the Middle East and in the Eastern Mediterranean.

May the Infant Jesus heal the wounds of the beloved Syrian people, who for a decade have been devastated by war and its consequences, now aggravated by the pandemic. May he bring comfort to the Iraqi people and to all those involved in the work of reconciliation, and particularly to the Yazidis, sorely tried by these last years of war. May he bring peace to Libya and enable the new phase of the negotiations in course to end all forms of hostility in the country.

May the Babe of Bethlehem grant the gift of fraternity to the land that witnessed his birth. May Israelis and Palestinians regain mutual trust and seek a just and lasting peace through a direct dialogue capable of ending violence and overcoming endemic grievances, and thus bear witness before the world to the beauty of fraternity.

May the star that shone brightly on Christmas night offer guidance and encouragement to the Lebanese people, so that, with the support of the international community, they may not lose hope amid the difficulties they currently face. May the Prince of Peace help the country’s leaders to lay aside partial interests and commit themselves with seriousness, honesty and transparency to enabling Lebanon to undertake a process of reform and to persevere in its vocation of freedom and peaceful coexistence.

May the Son of the Most High sustain the commitment of the international community and the countries involved to continue the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as in the eastern regions of Ukraine, and to foster dialogue as the sole path to peace and reconciliation.

May the Divine Child alleviate the suffering of the peoples of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, affected by a grave humanitarian crisis caused by extremism and armed conflicts, but also by the pandemic and other natural disasters. May he end the violence in Ethiopia, where many people have been forced to flee because of the fighting; comfort the inhabitants of the Cabo Delgado region in northern Mozambique, victims of the violence of international terrorism; and encourage the leaders of South Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon to pursue the path of fraternity and dialogue they have undertaken.

May the Eternal Word of the Father be a source of hope for the American continent, particularly affected by the coronavirus, which has intensified its many sufferings, frequently aggravated by the effects of corruption and drug trafficking. May he help to ease the recent social tensions in Chile and end the sufferings of the people of Venezuela.

May the King of Heaven protect all victims of natural disasters in Southeast Asia, especially in the Philippines and Vietnam, where numerous storms have caused flooding, with devastating repercussions on families in terms of loss of life, harm to the environment and consequences for local economies.

As I think of Asia, I cannot forget the Rohingya people: may Jesus, who was born poor among the poor, bring them hope amid their sufferings.

Dear brothers and sisters,

“To us a child is born” (Is 9:6). He came to save us! He tells us that pain and evil are not the final word. To become resigned to violence and injustice would be to reject the joy and hope of Christmas.

On this festive day, I think in a special way of all those who refuse to let themselves be overcome by adversity, but instead work to bring hope, comfort and help to those who suffer and those who are alone.

Jesus was born in a stable, but was embraced by the love of the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph. By his birth in the flesh, the Son of God consecrated familial love. My thoughts at this moment turn to families: to those who cannot come together today and to those forced to remain at home. May Christmas be an opportunity for all of us to rediscover the family as a cradle of life and faith, a place of acceptance and love, dialogue, forgiveness, fraternal solidarity and shared joy, a source of peace for all humanity.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Adoration with Taize songs (Sanbi no Tsudoi)

Come and join us to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament with Taize songs and silence in the candle light..., listen to and saver the Word of God....
Dates:   9 May (Cancelled), 11 July, 12 September, 14 November 2020
            13 February, 13 March 2021
Time:   14:00~15:00 Adoration
             followed by Bible Sharing for free participation up to 16:00
Place:   Holy Spirit Convent, Yagoto, NAGOYA
Tel.:     (052) 832-0434   

Vocation Stories ~Why did you become a sister?~

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A strong desire for going to the Mission was the opportunity…

2020-01-11
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 I was born in Austria in 1932, and have 10 brothers and sisters. We were a happy family. However, in my schooling years, I could not attend the school daily. Because of the second world war, there were less teachers, and I could attend only few lessons.
The first time I felt that I wanted to go to “the missions abroad” was in the middle of my teen, when I saw some photos of sisters and the Children in Africa in the mission magazine called Stadt Gottes (Kingdom of God), published by Divine Word Missionaries. These images remained in me all the time.
 
After that, a friend of mine, who attended Sunday Mass together with me said that she was going to join a convent. That was the convent in my home town and was not the mission congregation but a local congregation (a religious order, not going to the foreign land, but doing the apostolate in the country). Sisters took care of the sick and the elderly in that area. Until then, I had never thought of joining a religious congregation, but when recalling the photo of sisters with the African children, “going to the mission abroad” suddenly became alive in me.
 
My parish priest belonged to Augustinians (Ordo Sancti Augustini, O.S.A.). When I told him about my desire to join the congregation and I did not know what to do, he introduced me Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS) to me saying that it was a good congregation with mission spirituality. And he wrote for me an introducing letter to the head-quarters of the Holy Spirit Sisters in Stokerau, Austria. I had never been there, and there were no relatives. I was happy, but at the same time, leaving home was sad and painful since those days, once entering a religious order, one couldn't go back home again.
Sisters studying for mission sending
When I arrived at Stockerau, I felt that it was my place. In the fourth year after my first vows, I was sent to study in Steyl, Netherlands, which was the founding place of the Holy Spirit Sisters. It was necessary to learn the teaching of the Catholic Church properly in order to go to mission countries and teach the children.
All six of us got mission appointment to different countries. Mine was to Japan. It was very shocking to me. I sent a letter to the Generalate in Rome, asking what I could do in Japan and, by all means, I would not be able to go. However, the reply was, “Do not worry but GO. Japan province will take care of you whatever is necessary”.
 
It took one month by ship from Austria to reach Hong Kong. From there, I got separated from the other two sisters who were heading to the Philippines, and I became alone. I arrived at Tokyo by plane. It was January, 1960.
The first impression of Japan was that there were still traces of defeat from the war. There was plenty of work to do, and I was not given opportunity to go to the School and learn Japanese. So, I learned Japanese from Japanese sisters and staff by working with them. Holy Spirit Sisters came to Japan in 1908. Started in Akita, Sisters were already in Aichi Prefecture, Kanazawa and Tokyo; working at Hospitals, Kindergartens, and at School education and many staff were working with us.
 Later on, I got an opportunity to study Japanese in Tokyo for a year. I also studied cooking and got a certificate, then worked mainly in the hospital kitchen.
First sisters sent to South Korea from Japan in 1987
After doing missionary service in Japan over 25 years, I was sent to Korea in 1987. It was to start a new community of the Holy Spirit sisters in Korea. There were many Catholics in Korea and the sisters were well accepted. Through patience, carefulness and love of the sisters, the communities grew faster, got vocations, and then we could send Korean sisters to other countries. After
fulfilling the mission in Korea for several years, I returned to Japan Province. I helped with the household work in the convent until I moved to Bethania community (a community for elderly).
Jesus, the Lord of Mission, has been blessing our patience and hard work. I am sincerely grateful that I could overcome many hardships, not because of my abilities, but my faith in God and freely given grace of vocation from God.
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