Vassula in Japan
August 2 - 9, 1999
First I want to thank God and praise Him for the unique opportunity he has given me to be a
witness of one of the missions of True Life in God. I thank my God through Jesus Christ for
all of you who became witnesses as well of this Celestial Manna and for the way in which
your faith is spoken of, all over the world.
This living God and Father to all sent His echo Vassula to Japan to tell them, once more,
that truly they are 'children of the living God'.
Arriving in Osaka, Bernard Kuhn welcomed Vassula and her company and to the countryside
where the 'Foyer de Charite' is located up on the hills, surrounded by rice fields. Fr
Quenuille and the ladies gave everyone a warm welcome and later on informed Vassula about
the progress in Osaka, Kobe and of the whole of Japan.
Right the next day the meeting at Kobe was held with success (view the report). The people
of Kobe filled the place where Vassula was speaking, thirsty to receive the message of hope
Jesus has entrusted her with. There were people sitting even outside the hall on the floor,
because there was no more room inside. The translator was excellent, giving to the people
not only the messages in Japanese, but also transmitting the love and the fire with which
Vassula was speaking. The Holy Spirit, through her words, touched everybodyâ€™s heart as she
was sharing Jesus' message.
The next stop in this mission was Hiroshima (read the report) the next day (3 August).
Francesco and Angela Uchida were the hosts and had arranged for Vassula to be there and to
speak on the anniversary of the bombing in Hiroshima. The invitation came from one of the
Buddhist Temples in Hiroshima, where Vassula was called to speak about Godâ€™s love and
proclaim this saving message to a people that has suffered so much the last decades after
the bombing. Among the people who attended was the Catholic Bishop of Hiroshima who greeted
Vassula and welcomed her in private before her speech, and stayed till the end, the Buddhist
Abbot, who invited Vassula to speak in the Temple, and a Bonze, to whom at the end of the
meeting Vassula gave a big wooden rosary. To the Abbot she gave a statue of our Lady of
Fatima, that she had brought with her from Rome. Before the trip to Japan, Vassula was told
that these Buddhist priests in the past had visited in France our Lady of Lourdes and that
they had taken back with them an icon of the apparition site of Lourdes, which they had
placed in the Temple. And this was true. In one of the halls of the Temple this icon was
there and also a bottle of holy water from the apparition site of Lourdes. Our Lady opened
the door of the Buddist Temple so that Vassula would go and proclaim Jesusâ€™ message to them.
A visit to the hospital were the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima are hospitalized was
arranged for the next day (5 August), Vassula was accompanied by one of the doctors to one
of the rooms where the mild cases are, to greet them. She was welcomed with tears in the
eyes from the patients in the room. This experience was unforgettable, showing Jesus' love
and compassion for the ones who suffer.
Late in the afternoon we attended the True Life in God prayer group meeting in Hiroshima and
right after that went to the evening mass, celebrated on the eve of the Hiroshima bombing
anniversary. As it was the last night in Hiroshima, Angela and Francesco arranged for dinner
inviting also the Buddhist Abbot and his wife to share with Vassula and the rest of the
group the unity God brings to His people when love fills the heart. Vassula was inspired to
ask him to come next year to Jerusalem, attending the International True Life in God
Conference and he accepted saying that it is his honour to be invited to participate. After
driving us back to our hotel, Francesco had a car accident (ruined his car, some cuts in his
hands and a slight concussion from the shock). Satan really showed his fury because the Echo
of Jesus, Vassula was accepted from the Buddhists in Hiroshima!
Early next morning (6 August) we went in the centre of the city were there is a monument in
remembrance of the bombing. Thousands of people were gathered to pray for the victims as
they kept One Minute of Silence.
Later on that day we took the train for the south-west of Japan, Fukuoka. A group of
cheerful and warm people, some of the organizers, took Vassula and her companions to their
Vassula's meeting was held the same night with great success. When Vassula finished
speaking, nobody wanted to leave and they asked her to pray over them and she did with her
Cross containing the relic of the True Cross. The presence of the Holy Spirit was very
powerful, touching the people's hearts, healing.
Tokyo was the next stop (August 7). Fr. Valera, S.J. (read his introduction) reports on this
Vassula's talk on the 7th, before an audience of some five hundred people assembled in the
hall of Arcadia Hotel, was a smash. Simple, direct, to the point. The kind of talk that
conveys directly the Word and establishes an immediate communication from heart to heart.
Spontaneously, Newman's "Cor ad cor loquitur", comes to mind. Vassula's charism is perceived
not only in her written word, but also in her oral communication. Vassula's presence
confirmed one opinion I had of True Life in God. It is a manual for the democratization of
mystical experience. Mystical experience is touching the Lord through the Holy Spirit, and
touching the Lord in that way is not the privilege of a selected few, but the bread of the
People of God. "Take up the book and eat it", said God to Ezechiel. True Life in God, in its
modest fashion, tries to convey the same message.
A further point I noticed in Vassula's talk was our Lord's effort to teach her the technique
to recover the traditional "Lectio Divina": the life giving reading, meditating and
contemplating of the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures. Vassula spoke about the book of
Daniel, Revelation and the 24th chapter of St. Matthew. The relevant passages illuminate
each other and become light and strength for the believing and loving heart. But that
technique can be generalized. Any Christian, in the Holy Spirit, can learn to read the
Scriptures, using the parallel verses, and make the experience of "the whole in the
fragment": As the whole sky is reflected in a dewdrop, we can make the experience to
meditate the whole of the Scriptures using a single verse. In this way the People of God
will rediscover their "milk and honey", and True Life In God has a contribution to make.
I had also the opportunity to see, from my vantage point, Vassula's patience and touching
We then went on to Bangladesh (see report) before returning to Tokyo, via Hong Kong.
Our last day in Tokyo, and Mr Hiro (a Japanese writer who interviewed Vassula in Rome) with
his wife came to the hotel to continue his interview with Vassula to write a book about
After dinner Fr Faroni, one of the priests in the south Japan brought a family and asked
Vassula to pray for the younger daughter who was there with them. We all went up to
Vassula's room. Mr Hiro the Buddhist writer and his wife also came with us and participated
in the prayer for healing. Vassula prayed over each one of us including Mr and Mrs Hiro who
approached voluntarily to be blessed with the relic of the True Cross. Mr Hiro was also the
first to take the medal of Jesus' Face that Vassula offered to whoever there wanted to have
It was really their day of grace! At 13.15 the next day, we flew back to Europe.
One more mission of the echo of Jesus was accomplished. She is travelling around the world,
giving her time for Jesus to use, to gain souls, for His glory.