Happy Lent

27 02 2010

Hello dear neglected blog!  I havent been up to too much just prayer and fasting, you know the usual Lent-y things.  Can I blame the fasting for making me too weak to blog?   No.  I didn’t think so.  How about the Olympics?

Ash Wednesday was interesting because this year the priest, same priest as years past, instead of sprinkling the ashes on people`s hair decided to make a small cross on our foreheads very close to the hair-line.  I happily walked home with my ashes that were at least on some part of my forehead.  It was dark though and not that long of a walk so probably no one noticed.  Even if people did notice they would have probably thought I’m some weird foreigner with dirt on my head.  Oh well.

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Feast day of St Paul Miki and Companions all Martyrs

6 02 2010

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Today is the feast day of St Paul Miki パウロ三木 and twenty five other Catholics who were crucified in Nagasaki in 1597.

26 Martyrs memorial official site





Random Picture Post

4 02 2010

from here.  Its someone`s travel pic.  Aside from the athletic footwear all the Sisters I see in Japan dress in that style of habit with the veil basically as seen below.

from here its a news site.

from here a site with lots of old school nun pics from around the world.  I think the Poor Clares here dress in the traditional habit but they`re cloistered so I’ve never actually seen anyone dressed like that.  This photo also reminds me that I saw a young women wearing a kimono (not a wedding one like in the pic) at mass and she also had on a veil like in the photos below.

from here a pro photo site.  Caption on site says taken in Kyoto

RCIA people in Tokyo.  Not my photo.  I like to say the closer one gets to Nagasaki the more you`ll see women  wearing a veil.  Will these women keep wearing it after that special day in the photo its hard to say but people think it`s fine either way.

To be continued…





Jesuit Parking

2 02 2010

I thought this was funny.





Travelling With the Saints

1 02 2010

Shinjuku – not my photo

Since October when I said that novena then suddenly couldnt avoid St Therese as her image, statue, and quotes started popping up everywhere becoming unavoidably annoying to me (in a good way) I said to her fine if you wont leave me alone you can come with me everywhere and any other saints that want to too.  Im sure Teresa of Avila accepted the invitation as it was after that that she started to get my attention as well.  So now everyday I say let’s go guys when I go out and as crazy as it sounds its like a saint or saints are there.  Just as our guardian angels are with us all the time even though we aren’t aware of it I’m guessing people have saints with them too although maybe not 24/7 like our angel but still there part of the time.

Something I’ve been doing for at least a year or two now is praying for everyone around me, everyone I see, people who irritate me and so on and I ask any saints that want to be out with me to pray too.  It’s probably their inspiration not mine that we do that anyway but thats what I do.  I don’t pray all the people I see become Catholic but simply that God`s will be done in their lives.