my favorite priest in the world, fr. stein, came for to japan for (i can only assume) work. it pained me that i kept missing his voicecalls, so i tried the direct approach. in utter shock and amazement, i was attended the mass fr. magadia and fr. huang officiated yesterday. i scanned the church in search of fr. stein because i felt strongly he'd be there with them but he was nowhere in sight. so after the mass and after waiting for both of them to finish lunch, i introduced myself and expressed my intentions of seeing fr. stein. in the end, i never got to see fr. stein, but just hearing his recorded voicecall was happiness enough for me. plus, i got to meet with fr. jojo and fr. huang. they're such holy and warm persons. *sighs*
fr. jojo's homily, left me speechless. i think everyone was too.
it reminded me why i love going to mass.
he asked himself, why st. peter and st. paul, two of the greatest saints are celebrated together on a single day? no two saints could be more different. fisherman - persecutor. probinsyano - city boy. but then:
Climb every mountain, ford every stream
Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream
this is what they had in common. they held on to their dream, their singular love for Christ.
A dream that will need, all the love you can give
Everyday of your life, for as long as you live
and he ended it with a prayer through st. peter and st. paul, that we may find that dream that will need all the love we can give.
i do hope we all do. :)
oh, the 7th of July, the 7th month is the Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival). it's a festival based on a chinese folk story about two stars in love who were forced to be separated and could only meet once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month. as part of tradition, people place all there wishes and dreams on a piece of paper and hang it on a bamboo tree in hopes that it would come true.
i wrote: 最高の愛。
i wrote: アカサコの名前が続けますように。