Masako was born in June of 1931, on the Yaeyama Islands, in the Okinawa prefecture of Japan, the eldest daughter of a large family who were descendants of the Satsuma Samurai Clan. Growing up during the war, she and her family faced many perils and hardships. She met her husband Carl on a military base in Okinawa in the spring of 1951; they were married in the fall of 1953; and in July of 1954, Masako came to the United States to begin a new life. At the Easter Vigil, of 1985, through the celebration of the Easter Sacraments, she became full member of the Catholic Church. After a sixteen-year career with Japan Airlines, she embarked on a course of study that included a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, major in Theology and a Master in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago. In 1993 she and Carl were commissioned by the Chicago Archdiocese and sent as Lay Missionaries by the Society of St. Columban to the priestless Kainan church in the Osaka Archdiocese of Japan, where they served for three years. Masako and Carl are today part of the St. Thomas More Parish in Oceanside, California.
I Thought The Sun Was Godby Masako Kimura Streling
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Born in a poor fishing village under difficult circumstances, Masako, a descendant of the Satsuma Samurai Clan, grew up burdened with many, filial responsibilities, in a rigorously class-conscious and patriarchal society--one headed for massive and profound change. Unable to reconcile herself to the many roles within roles imposed upon her, and feeling in her heart that she was destined to make a difference, Masako embarked on a lifelong journey of growth and self-discovery that took her across the Pacific Ocean and eventually led her to God.
In their sixties--when most Americans are hoping to retire and enjoy the fruits of their labors--Masako and her husband Carl spent three years as the first Lay Missionaries for the Society of St. Columban in Japan. Those years, while life changing, were also painful and left Masako scarred and in a state of spiritual and emotional crisis. Questioning her role, her identity, and her very worth, Masako returned to the United States to rebuild a life, and reconnect with the Church community.
I Thought The Sun Was God is a powerful story of faith's eventual triumph over deprivation, denial, and rejection. It relates the author's struggle with adversity and injustice, culminating with her eventual surrender to the true higher power. It is about the struggle versus adversity and injustice, but it is also about surrender to one true higher power and finding one's voice while listening for the small, still voice of God.
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