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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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The Nagasaki Christian A-bomb Victims
published 11 July 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Someone gave me a book called A Song for Nagasaki about Takashi Nagai and scientist, radiologist, convert and survivor of the Atomic Bomb. I was reading it kind of just for more historical understanding of the Japanese experience of WWII, but it is an incredible story of a truly holy Catholic husband, father, and hero.

Nagai was an atheistic playboy scientist whose conversion came through reading Pascal and the prayers of his future wife, a descendant of the families of Nagasaki who were martyred for their Catholic faith. His description of his life before his conversion is illuminating because I always had the stereotype of Japanese men as ridiculously Stoic. It was good to read about his passion for truth and his deep longing for the love of his saintly future wife. Also, I didn’t realize that there were Japanese even in the army in the war with China before WWII who were questioning unjust wars.

If you get this book (Ignatius) you will see how he became a fervent Catholic and incredibly sacrificial doctor before and after the A-bomb. Here is a sample of his beautiful ideas as described by Fr. Lynn, author of his biography: “The navel is the reminder that our body and our life are gifts from another. Nature has placed this sign in the very center of our bodies, where we cannot fail to see it. It is a symbol of the love, goodness and heroic sacrifices of our mothers. Nagai saw mothers as images of God and grace.”
In a most extraordinary way he led the remnant who survived the A-bombing of Nagasaki to think of this as a holocaust where they were sacrificed to bring about the totally unexpected unconditional surrender of the Emperor. The people wanted to die instead fighting to the point of total annihilation for their Emperor, but the Emperor conceded to save his country. Nagai thought that graces from Mary saved the remnant to, hopefully, bring about through the reality of the horror of war the abandonment the characteristic Japanese military pride in favor of peace.

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