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 an eye fixed, whereas fatally injuring and poisoning millions extra. one of the survivors used to be Takashi Nagai, a pioneer in radiology examine and a convert to the Catholic religion. dwelling within the rubble of the ruined urban and struggling with leukemia attributable to over-exposure to radiation, Nagai lived out the rest of his striking lifestyles through bringing actual and non secular therapeutic to his war-weary humans.
A tune for Nagasaki tells the relocating tale of this striking guy, starting together with his boyhood and the heroic stories and stoic virtues of his family’s Shinto faith. It unearths the inspiring tale of Nagai’s awesome religious trip from Shintoism to atheism to Catholicism. combined with attention-grabbing information about eastern background and tradition, the biography lines Nagai’s non secular 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 back to Nagasaki to devote himself to the technology of radiology. The old Catholic district of town, the place Nagai turned a Catholic and started a family members, used to be floor 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 finally could reason his personal dying. whereas death, he additionally wrote robust books that grew to become best-sellers in Japan. those integrated The Bells of Nagasaki, which resonated deeply with the japanese humans of their nice agony 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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