By Fr. Thierry de Roucy, Heart’s Home founder
I have frequently visited a country right after it has been greatly destroyed by some catastrophe. I have discovered moonscapes, mountains of waste, people whose suffering is absolutely unimaginable: not only do they lack all of their former belongings, but they also have lost all or many of their family members, their friends and neighbors, their jobs, the landscape that has been nurturing them ever since they were children.
What has astonished me, beyond this unbearable situation, is the incredible dignity of the people, their will to avoid complaining, the strength they deploy to rebuild everything. Recently, the French ambassador in Japan, Mr. Christian Masset, told us – and he was not the only one - : “I have been to Tohoku five times, and what struck me the most is the nobleness of its people!” An amazing testimony of human strength and, even more, of God’s grace. One day, one of Ofunato’s villagers simply said: “For centuries, the sea has given it all to us. In one second, she has taken it all away. It’s only justice. We cannot blame her!” I thought I was listening to the Job of the Old Testament. He was forgiving the sea. He had no grudge against God.