For months the Japanese villagers close to the city of Nagasaki cautiously eyed the new building that was under construction. They noticed that some people from other countries who had come into the local harbor were also keenly observing its progress. It was an unusually shaped building. However, as it rose toward the sky, it slowly revealed itself to be a Christian church. This made some of them even more curious. A month after its completion, on March 17, 1865, they cautiously approached one of the foreign priests to inquire about his beliefs. Assured by what he told them, they responded joyfully, “Our hearts are the same as yours.”
What a momentous dawn that was for those Christian peasants! The long, dark night of vilifi cation and exile, of torture and crucifi xions that they and their ancestors had endured over the previous two hundred and fi fty years seemed at last to be giving way to the light of a new day. However, some dark clouds still remained on the horizon...
Forty years of non-stop service to the people of the Philippines and beyond, helping the vulnerable exploited women and children, is no little accomplishment. We have had many struggles, challenges and difficulties to overcome...Read More
When we were children, Lent was a phenomenon that required little thinking or reflection. Our parents, clergy and teachers told us that we had to “give up” something for these few weeks before Easter, in order to become closer to God and understand the suffering of Jesus.
To you our God we pray:
May Your Holiness purify me,
your wisdom direct me,
your power sustain me