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Inagaki Yoshiko San used to sit on the doorstep of her one-bedroom apartment late on summer afternoons and watch the world go by. Since she lived alone and had slowed down considerably due to her advanced years, this daily encounter with the world gave her great pleasure. However, the fact that her apartment was situated at a distance from the street and at the back of the church compound meant that there was very little to observe or engage her attention. Indeed, frequently the highlight of those afternoons was a visit by a mangy, stray cat. Inagaki San used to feel pity for this poor creature, spoke softly to her and gave her scraps of food. “The reason I feel compassion for this lonesome fi gure is that I see myself in her,” Inagaki San explained to me as I stood chatting with her one afternoon. Then, after a long pause, she continued, “After the Second World War, while still a young woman, I entered the convent. I had expected to spend the rest of my life there, but a few years later, without receiving any explanation, I was asked to leave. Since I was too ashamed to return to my family, I had nowhere to go. I was destitute and feared greatly for my future.
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Columban News
June 17, 2015
From Martha to Mary


Time passed by so quickly, unnoticed. It seems like only yesterday when I came to Ireland and now my three-year commitment to cross-cultural mission is about to end. I feel that three years is so short! I am just beginning to find my way around, falling in love with the place...
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June 17, 2015
Weekly Prayer – June 17, 2015


Help me find love and forgiveness in my heart. When my actions and the actions of others can cause grief, please show me how to forgive. I carry the heavy weight of that grief which can transpire into anger.

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June 17, 2015
The Book that Reads Me


A friend, commenting on letters from her mother said, “She writes a great letter, you feel you are right there in the middle of it!” I thought what a wonderful way this is to experience and read the Bible. We are right there in the middle of it. We may approach scripture unwillingly...

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