Who are we?
Introducing the members of Daughters of St. Paul
Sr. Maria Teresia Ide
that time, there was a certain memorial event for Saint Therese of InfantJesus.
I do not remember what it was. At the church, they were encouragingpeople to go
I had just become a Catholic, and wished to go to pilgrimage also. However,trips
to the Holy Land or to Vatican seemed like a far away dream. Togetherwith my friends
of San Pauline, I started making plans of a trip to placesof faith inside Japan.
But at the end, only two of us started off for thetrip. We had plan to visit Fukuoka,
Hitado, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Unzen andAso, but because of my friend's health, we
ended our trip in Nagasaki. Thatreally was quite enough. It would be too long
to describe everything, butthat simply was a very special day.
was the New Year's holiday of 1964. Fukuoka, Hitado, Sasebo and toNagasaki. I
visited the pilgrim places of the 26 Japanese martyrs, churchesof Oura and Urakami,
etc. As I was climbing the Mountain of the Way of theCross, thinking of the martyrs,
I was filled with desire of offering my lifefor Christ, as the Christians of that
Waiting for supper at the Daughters of St. Paul convent where we stayedovernight,
a magazine called "Hill of Hope" caught my eyes. There was theword of Father Alberione:
" Proclaiming Christ to people of nowadays". Thisis it ! I could feel my body
tremble, and I was convinced that this was myway. That was enough !
Returning to Tokyo, I visited the Congregation immediately and made thedecision
of my entry. My friend who went to the trip with me, also enteredthe convent few
Long after I entered the convent, I wanted to read once again that magazine"Hill
of Hope", but I still cannot find that number.
flies, and 37 years have passed. Come to think of it now, that was theyear when
the founder of the Congregation, Sister Tecla Merlo passed away.It was a meaningful
year. Thinking back all these years, I realize withconviction that God is always
in front of me, preparing my way and making melive.So much has happened. And from
now on, I will keep walking the way accordingto God's will, and I am convinced
that it is the way I walk, together withmy companion.
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