Please remember this day and pray for peace. we must not reproduce victims of atomic bombs.
Began to say morning and evening prayers after finishing my job since last week. On every weekdays I and my colleagues played together at a cathedral in front of our office. After some discussions with a rector, we have changed the place to pray, because for newcomers our chapels are so far from a door that they cannot even find the way to the rooms. We chose a dining room near the gate, put wooden cross and candles, said and sang the rites with a door open!
The services are not only for deepening our private prayers but also for consolidating and evangeling people living in this area. We have already met a few newcomers on praying time, and welcomed them with hospitality. One Nepali woman, who worked for a pub restaurant near our church, visited us on last Friday. She looked very tired and thirst for religious fraternity. We talked a lot, show her inside the building, and prayed for her quietly. Our cathedral must be our spiritual shelter. I would like to keep on the ministry as long as possible.
Visited Oyama retreat house in Tochigi prefecture.This building was used as a monastery of SSJE (Society of Saint John the Evangelist) until 1975 and belongs to Diocese of Northern Kanto now. There was a cemetry near the main building of that house, and I found some tombstones on which famous Japanese and American ministers’ name were inscribed. Many brothers, sisters, priests, and laypeople were resting in peace. I felt quietness filled with prayers and the Holy Spirit, standing in front of these gravestones.