A Song For Nagasaki by Fr. Paul Glynn

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 used to be Takashi Nagai, a pioneer in radiology study and a convert to the Catholic religion. residing 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 music for Nagasaki tells the relocating tale of this awesome guy, starting along with his boyhood and the heroic stories and stoic virtues of his family’s Shinto faith. It finds the inspiring tale of Nagai’s notable religious trip from Shintoism to atheism to Catholicism. combined with attention-grabbing information about jap heritage and tradition, the biography strains Nagai’s non secular quest as he studied drugs at Nagasaki collage, served as a medic with the japanese military in the course of its career of Manchuria, and back to Nagasaki to commit himself to the technology of radiology. The historical Catholic district of the town, the place Nagai grew to become a Catholic and commenced a relations, used to be flooring 0 for the atomic bomb.

After the bomb catastrophe that killed hundreds of thousands, together with Nagai’s cherished spouse, Nagai, then Dean of Radiology at Nagasaki collage, threw himself into provider to the numerous sufferers of the bomb explosion, although it intended lethal publicity to the radiation which ultimately may reason his personal loss of life. whereas loss of life, he additionally wrote strong 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 by way of many jap people.

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