By Fr. Paul Glynn
On August nine, 1945, an American B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing tens of millions of individuals within the blink of a watch, whereas fatally injuring and poisoning hundreds of thousands extra. one of the survivors was once Takashi Nagai, a pioneer in radiology examine and a convert to the Catholic religion. dwelling within the rubble of the ruined urban and being affected by leukemia as a result of over-exposure to radiation, Nagai lived out the rest of his outstanding existence by means of bringing actual and non secular therapeutic to his war-weary humans.
A track for Nagasaki tells the relocating tale of this notable guy, starting along with his boyhood and the heroic stories and stoic virtues of his family’s Shinto faith. It unearths the inspiring tale of Nagai’s amazing religious trip from Shintoism to atheism to Catholicism. combined with fascinating information about eastern historical past and tradition, the biography strains Nagai’s religious quest as he studied medication at Nagasaki collage, served as a medic with the japanese military in the course of its profession of Manchuria, and again to Nagasaki to devote himself to the technological know-how of radiology. The ancient Catholic district of town, the place Nagai turned a Catholic and started a kinfolk, was once floor 0 for the atomic bomb.
After the bomb catastrophe that killed millions, together with Nagai’s cherished spouse, Nagai, then Dean of Radiology at Nagasaki college, threw himself into carrier to the numerous sufferers of the bomb explosion, although it intended lethal publicity to the radiation which finally could reason his personal loss of life. whereas death, he additionally wrote robust books that turned best-sellers in Japan. those incorporated The Bells of Nagasaki, which resonated deeply with the japanese humans of their nice pain because it explores the Christian message of affection and forgiveness. Nagai grew to become a hugely respected guy and is taken into account a saint via many jap people.
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A Song For Nagasaki by Fr. Paul Glynn