● The Priest
Ismael Gonzales


When I was a pastor at Zentsuji parish,

the priests residence was old and did

not be meet earthquake-proof standards.

We had some difficulties because of this,

but I want to relate a story that happened

as a result.

As a result of remodeling the building

it was necessary to repaint the exterior.

We asked a 50 year-old man, a jack of all

trades, to do the work. Everyday he worked

from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I watched this man everyday.

He usually listened to lively music on a radio he had set nearby. Sometimes he would whistle

along to the music. But not only that. As he climbed onto the scaffolding, he seemed to

move in time with the music.

He always ate lunch at the same time and took a short nap after eating.

He finished repainting the house in two weeks. On the last day, I spoke with him over some

tea. And I asked him, "You seem so happy. Why?" He replied, "Because I am happy. I am blessed

with good health, work, a lovely wife and three children. What more do I need? I am happy and

so I can live happily".

Happiness does not come from without. It is not to be found in money, prestige, nor any other

wordly goods. It does not come from being wealthy. Happiness comes from a richness of the

heart. It is one's values that are important.

Worldly possessions are not a good friend.

-- It shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your


And he that will be first among you, shall be your servant.Even as the Son of man is not come

to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many. --


As Christians, we have a good reason to live our lives happily. The reason is that God our

Father loves us and has sent his Son, our Savior, to be with us. And furthermore, He has

promised to remain with us until the end of the world. Beyond that, we also have our

Tokushima parish to give us graces and His blessing.

A parish works like a family. We have been given life to assist others and obtain eternal

happiness through Christ our Lord. Let us keep this in mind and carry out our lives in faith.

-- Vau. And my soul is removed far off from peace, I have forgotten good things. … Zain.

These things I shall think over in my heart, therefore will I hope. … Heth. The mercies of

the Lord that we are not consumed: because his commiserations have not failed. … Heth. They

are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness. … Teth. It is good to wait with silence

for the salvation of God.--

  (Lamentations3:17,21-23,26 / Pope Francisco apostolic recommendation Gospel joy from 6)

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