Today is also the day Japan surrendered in WWII. Ok everyone knows that but did you also know it was on this day in 1549 St Francis Xavier went ashore here? Several days before on August 9 the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki exploded 500 meters over Urakami Cathedral, and Ive read there was a mass going on at the time too. So the bomb exploded over the most holy city in Japan over a church, and not just any church. Urakami is the name of the district of the city however the cathedral has another name too. St Mary`s. Coincidence? Perhaps. I cant help but wonder if Mary has a special interest in Japan and if the Japanese don’t have an interest in her too? After all for a country where 99% of people aren’t Christian the song Ave Maria is popular, and most people have no animosity or hatred toward her. There are people in this world who call themselves Christian yet have more animosity toward Mary than the average Japanese.
I watched a short video clip of a parade in Paris for the feast of the Assumption and wondered of the impact the same thing would have here. Id bet a large amount of gelato many people would be very captivated. I think in particular the image of the Mother and child Jesus would be very powerful because of the million of abortions Japan has had in the last sixty years. Yes abortion was legalized in 1948 so that means there are a lot of hurting parents out there who have to deal with that and the image of Mary offering her Son to them could lead them to healing if they received the child Jesus Our Lady presents.
- Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
- Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.