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!

Novena to St Joseph

11 03 2010

As March 19 is the feast day of St Joseph this is a reminder to start your novena to him.

EWTN has one and there are many others out there so take your pick.  This is my first year to do this novena because in the past I’m ashamed to say I ignored St Joseph but that has changed!

Yamaguchi Carmel

4 03 2010

According to the Order of Discalced Carmelites` website there are nine Carmels in Japan.  I managed to find photos of the one in Yamaguchi which I am posting below.

They also make slippers which are sold around Christmas time and can be ordered through your parish office.  This past Advent I saw a notice for this in my church bulletin but I did not order any.  Here are photos from people who did order a pair though.  I think they cost around 2000 yen.

Thief returns money stolen from shrine 10 years ago + interest

3 03 2010

Tadashi Sunaga stands in front of the donation box at Yama Jinja shrine in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, on Monday. (Mainichi)

UTSUNOMIYA — “There is something I have to apologize to this shrine for.” Those were the opening words of a letter found in the donation box at Yama Jinja shrine here along with 30,000 yen.

The letter was a confession from someone who 10 years before, when still in primary school, had stolen 10,000 yen from the box. “When I became an adult, I realized how hard it is to make money, and I remembered stealing from the box,” the letter continued.

The extra 20,000 yen, the mysterious writer said, was to make up for all the time that had gone by, as a kind of interest payment.

“It’s good this person didn’t continue down a bad road,” said the shrine’s manager, 76-year-old Tadashi Sunaga. “I’m happy.”

That is the full story but here is the source