● The Priest
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)