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Who are we?

Introducing the members of Daughters of St. Paul

Sr. Maria Celesta Akiko Nagahama

Sr. Maria Celesta

I was in my junior high school when I first felt the call from God.

"God chose those who by human standards are fools to shame the wise, weak to shame the strong..."(I Corinthians 1-27) At that time I was full of ambition.

I had been between reality and imagination, and wanted to become this and that.
I especially wished to become a writer, and wrote a few novels. My classmates circulated my novels, encouraging me and giving me advice. I could share my small dream with them.

I was reading my father’s books, and many books in church and school libraries.

As I was baptized when I was a baby, I was just going to church like a weekly event, but I really could not say that I was a good and fervent Catholic.
I grew up through a difficult period, and liked to imitate famous people taking them as models.

One day, God showed me His greatness Himself.

I wanted to know more about Jesus, and had been reading books about His life.
As I was reading about His preaching in Galilee, the text became suddenly like a living picture and I was in there myself.

There is no doubt that this instantaneous input became the turning point of my life.

After several years, I was directed to the Daughters of St. Paul convent, but the above happening being the basic of my vocation, has remained clearly in my head even now.

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