Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy (Psalm 96)
After cycling, we visited Oshino convent and had a superb lunch with the sisters there. In the afternoon, we visited the Fuji St. John's Facility. Mr. Endo, director of the facility, reinforced that the philosophy and spirit of St. John still lives on now. The Fuji St. John's facility is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji in amongst an abundance of natural habitat.
What has been practiced in the history of Fuji St. John's Facility, in the past to the present, is to live the mission of "Love others as Christ, serve the sick, the suffering, the weak". In that time, it was to respond to what was most needed in that era. To cherish "now and here", to live with your neighbor, to realize whatever it may be that is important to that person. Then, we were introduced to the various places where the residents actually live and met them. We were really energized by the smiles of these residents.
We would like to thank everybody for spending their precious time to not only explain the history of the facility, but also the "spirit" which is so cherished. We thank God for the magnificent weather and wonderful experience we enjoyed at the foot of majestic Mt. Fuji. We would also like to thank our sisters of the Oshino convent for making our visit so enjoyable.
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him.
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.