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Sr. Maria Ida Kazuko Houga

Sr. Maria Ida

In life there are many crossroads, and encounters at each of them.

When I was working in an office I was taking lessons of flower arrangement. I had been attracted little by little, and I was beginning to think that I will do that for life.
Just at that time, I was invited to visit a convent. That was my first encounter with the Daughters of Saint Paul.

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Twice a week, I went to listen and study catechism, and has been baptized. Something that I realized while studying catechism, changed my life. One day, I learned about the Holy Trinity. A drawing of a triangle showed that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are not separate Gods but three in one. And that is the source of the Catholic religion. My heart was touched and moved by this basic.

In the flower arrangement, there is also a triangle made of core, supplement and counterfoil. Those two triangles were put on top of each other within me, and there was light. I wanted to know more about God and the Holy Trinity. And I wanted to love God more and more. I had a feeling that learning the flower arrangement was a preparation to find God, and that God gave me that opportunity through the Sisters of the Daughters of St. Paul.

There had been several difficulties on the way from my baptism till the religious life, but there was always God's infinite goodness and management.
40 years had passed since then.

Together with all the Sisters of Daughters of St. Paul who brought me up, and who have the same desire, I am living with joy my mission of communicating the gospel.

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