The Fountain which never dries up ~ Words of God for you~
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New Birth of Holy Spirit Missionary Association in Japan!
Original song: "Carry me" by Sr. Annabelle SSpS
Sr. Annabelle Pedraya shares about her experience in a village in Mindoro. One day during a visit to the village she broke her leg and the people carried her down to the valley, a journey that took more than 2 hours through narrow paths. They had to cross the river seven times. While she was recovering she was reminded of the generosity and love of the people who helped her and the love of God she experienced through them. Thus she composed this song 'Carry Me'.
Reflection on St.Joseph by Fr. Liam Dunne SVD
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.
Fr. Liam Dunne SVD very creatively puts his reflections as a conversation with St. Joseph. This is the Second episode and there are many more reflections by different people.
The first episode: A Conversation with St. Joseph, a Man of Courage by Fr. Liam Dunne SVD
WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS: 25 April, 2021
Invitation to "Labyrinth Walk Meditation"
Have you heard about Labyrinths? They are symmetrical circuits made of concentric circles. There are two convents of ours which have Labirynths, one is in Yagoto, NAGOYA and another is in Koganei, TOKYO. Please visit them to pray or even simply to walk. We also prepare guided Labyrinth Walk Meditation as a group. Please find details on the link.
This Might Be The Chillest Way To Meditate
Labyrinths — which aren't mazes but usually symmetrical circuits made of concentric circles — have been around for a really, really long time. ... Rather than performing a fertility rite or a symbolic pilgrimage to the Holy Land, people now walk labyrinths to get in touch with themselves — and it's a great alternative to regular meditation if you just can't sit still.
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WRITTEN BY SARA COUGHLIN
The First Missionary of SVD --- St. Joseph Freinademetz
Our Founder --- St. Arnold Janssen
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To those who want to taste the Word of God...
The Fountain which never dries up ～Invitation for Prayer～
This corner introduces you just short words of God. You may get inspiration from the Words and that would be something God wants to speak to you! Just take a little moment and echo these Words in your heart....
New Words will be updated every weekend.
Vocation Stories ~Why did you become a sister?~
A strong desire for going to the Mission was the opportunity…
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.
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.
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.