Priest Writes: “Pray for Japan…..”

March 23, 2011

A message from Fr. Jonah Mourtos of the Orthodox Church in Taiwan:

Dear Brethren in Christ,

I cannot find words to express my grief, my pain and my agony for all that is happening in Japan, the most beautiful land on earth – to me – which is now in danger of becoming a place of living dead because of the radioactivity threat.

It may be tragically symbolic that it happened now, in the season of cherry tree blossoms, the symbol of Japan. People gather together at night, they sit under the cherry trees which are everywhere around them – especially in parks – and just watch those exquisite blossoms drift down, bathed in the moonlight…

To the Japanese, this is the profoundest image of the beauty of life, and of death – yes, of death, the ephemeral element of life, which disappears the way that cherry blossoms do.

There are so many wonderful “haiku” – poems with 3 lines – which are essentially spiritual contemplations. Read one here:

It is snowing blossoms.

Spring must be preparing itself

for Winter…

Unfortunately, it looks like it will be a nuclear winter.

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