During my spring break from language school I traveled alone around Japan for ten days. I was a Columban seminarian back then and had only a rudimentary knowledge of that country’s language, customs and places of interest. However, since I had read in my guide book that there was a youth hostel in the town of Manazuru in Kanagawa prefecture, I got off the train in order to spend Saturday night there.
As I walked from the station, with the street map from the guide book open in my hand, I met a man who paused to ask me where I was heading. While I responded to him in my broken Japanese, his breath, reeking of alcohol, enveloped me. I felt very unsure, therefore, when he told me that I was going in the wrong direction! However, since it was still daylight, I took his advice and arrived at the hostel just as he had directed me!
After supper that evening I asked the owner of the hostel if there was a Catholic church in that town...
At the end of every tunnel there is light. I compare that tunnel with your situation right now, and I want to remind you of the light shining ahead of you. I know at times you might feel overwhelmed and distressed, but I still want to encourage you in faith.
Hope and Faith
Ronald Daniel Perez Arbazua, or “Ronnie,” as he is known, is a 69 year-old man who was born and raised in Puerto Saavedra in southern Chile. At the age of 15, Ronnie entered the Chilean navy and served for eight years. After, he went to Santiago to work in a pharmaceutical factory.
Your mercy and love attract me to grow in your friendship. Admittedly distractions and inattention get in the way of knowing you more fully. But overtime your fidelity prevails. You share your life for all and invite me to share my life with you; to tell you of pain and loss, to seek enlightenment when confusion strikes, to let you know my joys.