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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 examine and a convert to the Catholic religion. residing within the rubble of the ruined urban and struggling with leukemia because of over-exposure to radiation, Nagai lived out the rest of his extraordinary lifestyles through bringing actual and religious therapeutic to his war-weary humans.

A music for Nagasaki tells the relocating tale of this impressive 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 extraordinary religious trip from Shintoism to atheism to Catholicism. combined with fascinating information about eastern heritage and tradition, the biography lines Nagai’s non secular quest as he studied medication at Nagasaki college, served as a medic with the japanese military in the course of its career of Manchuria, and lower back to Nagasaki to devote himself to the technological know-how of radiology. The ancient Catholic district of the town, the place Nagai grew to become a Catholic and started a kin, was once flooring 0 for the atomic bomb.

After the bomb catastrophe that killed hundreds of thousands, together with Nagai’s loved spouse, Nagai, then Dean of Radiology at Nagasaki college, threw himself into provider to the numerous sufferers of the bomb explosion, although it intended lethal publicity to the radiation which ultimately could reason his personal demise. whereas death, 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 anguish 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 through many eastern people.

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