See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Emperor Addresses His People. How cool is that?



I had been wondering why no one has heard from him yet.
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TOKYO — Emperor Akihito of Japan, in an unprecedented television address to the nation, said on Wednesday that he was “deeply worried” about the ongoing nuclear crisis at several stricken reactors and asked for people to act with compassion “to overcome these difficult times.” - NYT
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It strikes me as providential the Emperor addressed the Japanese people today, when the first reading at Mass for this day is from Jonah, who set out to warn the people of Nineveh of impending chastisement.  "When the news reached the king, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes."  Then he proclaimed a fast, expressing this hope:  "Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish." 
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Prayers and fasting here.
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[I read a comment on another website regarding the disaster in Japan, most likely by a Christian American.  The person wrote:  "Remember Pearl Harbor!"  See - this is why people hate us.]




4 comments:

  1. There have been lots of idiots saying "remember Pearl Harbor". Yeah, as if the firebombing of Tokyo and the two atomic bombings didn't "make up" for that. Not to mention the 66 years since the end of the war. People can be so dumb.

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  2. The more I see of the response of the Japanese people to this disaster, the more I am impressed.

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  3. "Unless you do penance, you shall all likewise perish."

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