Im Alive and Well

23 01 2012

My posts ended because I left Japan in April of 2010 after ten years.  I am working in my home country, and am still Catholic though a very imperfect one.


Shinto priest’s wife, daughter ready for baptism

19 04 2010

Miyuki Ito, 38, and her five-year-old daughter, Kotone, are scheduled to be baptized as Catholics at the April 3 Easter Vigil at the Yonezawa Church in Yamagata Prefecture, 290 kilometers north of Tokyo.

What makes them unusual? “My home is a Shinto shrine. My current job is as a miko,” or female shrine attendant, she explains. Her husband is a Shinto priest.

Full article  here

Divine Mercy Sunday

11 04 2010


About the feast

How to say the chaplet (it takes only about five minutes)

Good Friday

2 04 2010


Looking for Easter Mass?

1 04 2010

For those who have found your way to my blog looking for Good Friday & Easter masses in Tokyo two churches with English masses can be found in my blogroll on the right of the page.  They are the Franciscan Chapel Center Roppongi, and St Ignatius in Yotsuya next to the campus of Sophia University.  I suggest St Ignatius as they have far more capacity than the FCC.  There are plenty of churches with mass in Japanese which I encourage anyone to try because if I can you can too.

Sharper Than a Katana?

26 03 2010

I have watched shows on tv, and clips on youtube that like to demonstrate how sharp a katana is.  I have even watch an Iaido demonstration where the treated straw they cut through three times in a  split second is said to be equal to the density of a human body.  Sounds pretty sharp huh, a sword that can cut through bullets, bamboo, and bodies so what can be sharper than that?  I found the answer by accident in Hebrews 4:12  Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow;  it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Now THAT is sharp 😀

Happy Feast of St Joseph

19 03 2010

As I said before this is the first year I’m paying attention to this feast because I’ve finally stopped ignoring this wonderful saint.  I also recommended him to my Mom and she said he has done some good things for my family but she didn’t say what yet.

I met with my spiritual director this past Monday and feel so incredibly blessed to have him to talk to.  I know there are people out there who don’t have  a director because it can be hard to find one and that really makes me appreciate mine all the more.   I’m guessing Teresa of Avila might have had some role in arranging this because, and I think I’ve said this before my director is a great admirer of her even more than I am, and he is everything she writes a good director should be. .  This shared admiration usually means our conversations include a few minutes of talking about how great she is 😛  This past meeting didn’t include that though because I made a good confession instead which reminded me of how much I like that sacrament.  I’ve never had a regular confessor that knew me so well until now and it is actually kind of a relief because he can give me better advice and so on, so hooray for confession and good confessors!