Like Jesus huh?

28 11 2007

I’m not an expert on Japanese wartime history but to compare Japanese war criminals to Jesus?  Wow what an idiot!


More on Converts

25 11 2007

I disagree with Archbishop Ikenaga  interviewed in this article on the Bishops of Japan site.

I read an article several days ago I am unable to find again about involvement in cults in Japan  and how the numbers are steady or increasing.  There is a hunger for God but as the Bible says the work is great but the labourers are few.   Many people Ive broached the subject of religion with in Japan have a good impression of Catholics but what they lack for one are practicing Catholic friends who can live out the example of a Catholic life.  Many people have almost zero knowledge about Catholicism but to teach it to them I think it must taught without dumbing it down or changing anything.   

The Archbishop talks with an us versus them attitude, I feel, meaning Asian versus Caucasian or the Catholic church in Asia versus elsewhere.  I say we are all sons and daughters of God and skin color has nothing to do with desire for God or ability to understand the Catholic faith.  As stated on another site I was reading about the Eucharist but applies to this Archbishop’s thinking ”

The Holy Father had stressed a similar limitation applied to bishops in Ecclesia de Eucharistia,quoting his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Asia: “such cooperation [among bishops] is essential because the Sacred Liturgy expresses and celebrates the one faith professed by all and, being the heritage of the whole Church, cannot be determined by local Churches in isolation from the universal Church”. (EE 51)

The Archbishop also uses the words old and tired often in his replies.  I would say maybe he feels old and tired and instead Japan is more like a field in spring ready to be planted but lacks enough people with the enegry  and enthusiasum to plow the ground and plant the seeds. I say to anyone who comes to Japan don’t hide your faith instead know it and live it.  You are less likely to get a harsh reaction discussing religion here then you are back home.  Plant seeds.

World Youth Day 2008

23 11 2007

Dare you to move video. 

If you are ever in Kyoto

21 11 2007

A stop at the church near the place where the 26 martyrs started their long trip to Nagasaki may be of interest. Here is their website. I have only been to Kyoto once and unfortunately did not have enough time to go there but would definitely make a stop as it is not out of the way next time I have a chance.

St Marys Cathedral Tokyo

19 11 2007

I also have not been here and don’t really want to since I’m not a fan of plain old concrete, however, looking around their website shows that that even the baptismal font is horrible especially when compared to the one in Kamakura. Click on layout in the upper right of the page then on the various items to see photos.

Their cross does not have a crucified Christ on it either

And their altar don’t get me started I will just let you read their description for yourself.

The altar as the symbol of Christ, the center of unity for all humanity, recalls the table of the Last
This alter is made from Italian marble. In the elevated part of the sanctuary we find the altar itself, the lectern and the seat for the presiding priest. All this shows the presence of Christ during the services in the Word of God and in the presiding priest.

A Small Church

15 11 2007

Came across this small church while going for a walk one day. A Japanese friend commented that the style of the building looks very similar to the way schools were built many years ago.


Mass Book

13 11 2007

This is something I should have bought for myself a long time ago but better late than never.  I think one reason I didn’t buy the mass book sooner was because the church I attend had a free one to borrow so I borrowed it every mass until I was comfortable enough to attend mass in Japanese without the book.  That might be the problem as I reached a certain comfort level and got stuck there.  Eventually though I wanted a better more accurate translation as the copy that is free to borrow has some small errors, and I just wanted a copy to study more carefully on my own.  Besides an English translation of the Japanese mass it also has Spanish, Portuguese, and Tagalog so it is interesting to compare languages.  Many churches have a small book store in or near the church that sell missalettes like the one I bought, as well as rosaries, cards, and even cookies and candies made by Trappist monks somewhere in Northern Japan.   

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