Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Maite Dávila: lay missionary in Japan in announcing Jesus Christ through family Life

"It is preferable to an onion with a delicacy Christ without Him"

It knows how many seeds have an apple but not apples that will be born from a seed. The same applies to Japan; a country of many martyrs in the wick of the Gospel difficult turn, but why so many Christians offer their life. This is the case of Felix and Maite Madrid, who thanked God for the many blessings they embarked twenty-six years with her five children to the Japanese country. There, despite setbacks, daily reminders that there is no greater defense and comfort to do the will of God. He just beat the enemies unstained sword. Time passed, were born five children, died Felix, some children were returned to Spain ... and there goes ahead Maite, paying and watering apple tree that is expected to bear fruit. He who does good for others makes his own, so finally confident that love will conquer Japan. This is God's action and hope grows and mature faith.

How did you meet the love of God in your life?

I grew up believing that my relationship with God I had to be good. But of course, my reality of sinful stopped me and that made me be wrong. When fifteen-and a special family situation, as my father was schizophrenic-I heard in a catechesis that Christ loved me as I was and was involved in my life, I was shocked. It was 1973, in my neighborhood of Madrid, which was very worker, the Jesuits preached social justice, and this flirting with my desire to change the structures, to help the poor ... But I began to see my mother, who also I had heard the catechesis, a radical change; began to open their home to people of the parish with different ideologies, including communion and love was given, and relied on God to be sustained in suffering by the illness of my father. That is, I saw within the church two different dialogues, one you had to confrontation and justicialismo, and the other to peace and forgiveness. In this new community was born in the parish the miracle of brotherhood looked very evident despite the social, intellectual and political disparity. This love between brothers and my mother to my father, despite how hard it was the familiar coexistence made me also know the love of God. Later I married Felix and I have seen the love of God through the family .. Then I'm avo time escogerbien me: with love and patience. Being pure impediment, that STILL

Why have you were to live in Japan?

In 1989 we offered to go as a family in mission wherever. God had saved our lives and our marriage, and therefore, by asking families to proclaim the Gospel both felt that we should thank the Lord answer that call. We twenty-six years in Japan, first in Hiroshima and then near Yokohama. There were born the last five sons. Felix died of cancer in 2004.

What is the mission?

In announcing Jesus Christ through family life. The Japanese believe that life is better in the West, so our neighbors impacted them that a family of seven, and then those who were born, were to live with them in a culturally Buddhist neighborhood. They are very quiet but there are next to them.

How were the beginnings?

You are a project of what will be the mission and discover that God's plan is not yours. At first we had many difficulties on a practical level, but the desire to obey the Lord enough that He did it all. Felix was rigger, however, not knowing the language was almost impossible to get a job. He worked a while stonemason ... In Hiroshima we live seven years and when the Japanese government, by necessity of labor, opened the country's doors to all descendants of Japanese who after World War II emigrated to Latin America (Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay), a missionary Italian priest called us to help in pastoral work of the parish of Yokohama, as it had formed a Latino community.

you will love everything easy

you came with five children and five others were born there. How to react to such a large family?

In Japan only you have a child or two, but I was surprised not to receive opprobrium or the number of children or by caesarean section. My first two children were born of natural birth but as in the third pregnancy had you take sulfa drugs for toxoplasmosis, and this could affect the child, I scheduled an -then caesarean section did not exist ultrasounds and gave me the opportunity to abort clandestinely, but we decided continue with embarrassment. The child was born perfect. If I did not abort me I would have never forgiven. After Pedro had two more children with caesarean section in Spain. When I arrived in Japan, pregnant sixth child, necessarily he had to be born by caesarean section. Then I had three and have been much more respectful than in Spain.

They've made seven Caesarean, were you aware that your life could endanger?

Yeah, but Christians know that God gives life to our children, and openness to life involves risk. I am a very fearful person but I have seen the Lord upholds the weak. So cold I say that neither the first child could have. Precisely I, with miedica I am, I'm dying to think of a toothache! But it is God who has given me the grace to do things that surprised me. And how I have me out! For the first two cesareans I did in Japan, the fourth and fifth- given me a dose of insufficient anesthesia and I had a terrible pain. For the third caesarean in Japan I asked God to make the miracle of give me entry into a large hospital, because my situation did not have access foreign. And so it was: a parishioner of the parish of Gion took all steps to attendent at the Red Cross hospital. There I put the dose I needed.

And interestingly it has been Felix whom God has been before. How did you experience the death of your husband?

That's right, I risked my life and instead Felix has died. God calls each one in turn and mine has not arrived yet. My lack of faith, the Lord needs to continue trabajándome! Felix was aware of his death from the first moment and lived his illness very naturally. I knew where I was going! I even had the courage to call the press to order your reminders. The year that passed since he detected cancer until he died were like the three young men who were not burned in the oven, protected by grace. We feel very alive people's prayers. It has been buried is also high grace, as in Japan all the dead are cremated. By several factors: scarcity of land, the high cost, fear of the spirits ... the Administration puts many drawbacks for burial, and Felix and I had to take enough steps to acquire a grave. In the end, the Italian priest of Yokohama got us on a small island. I leaned a lot on my husband, idolized him, and his absence made me fall in a small depression, but the Lord rescued me. In my situation, and I clung to him or I die! And I have seen that as a priest friend told me, it is preferable that an onion with a delicacy Christ without Him. The question is not what I want, but what God wants. And I know that his will is best.

Hasten, Lord, come save me

We have an idea, stoic Japanese people disciplined, with a high concept of honor, how is your character?

It is a country of great contradictions; technologically advanced but very traditional. They are also very refined foodies and, thus, live to work and be able to afford the whims. It is understandable because, not believing in the afterlife, they have to prolong this as much as possible with the cult of the body, healthy living, care cosmetics, etc.

How do they live their religion: Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism ...?

Culturally they have these deep-rooted religions, but then his life is on the other side. On a day to day they are not religious or transcendental, but at certain times turn to their gods -close eight thousand, because until a plant is a deity for them-and some think they can be reincarnated as a cockroach. This is the greatness of Christianity, which saw the risen Christ have no fear of death because we know that He expects us eternal life. However, he does not want to know or have clear where it goes and where it comes from, what feeling of transcendence can have?

There is a suicide every fifteen minutes and two school a day take their own lives. So much is the social, family or educational support pressure?

Yes, they are very demanding of themselves because they have to make the cut above all, because they feel obliged to save the honor of the family even suicide, as happened before with the famous harakiri-. The Spaniards, if we are angry or upset express it openly, but they consider it a sign of weakness. They do not express their feelings not to appear vulnerable. Whether it rains, cold, heat, whether good or bad are always showing the same face. Such is the pride and shame which means they ask, even if poor, is not asking anyone on the street. And do not accept charity from anyone. The humiliation involves knowing them makes them settle in need. They also have deeply rooted that dirty laundry is washed at home. A child can not cut a flower in a public garden or throw a paper on the floor, and if it does, the mother scolds him, but not because he has done but because you have seen. It is very present in their culture that while no one can see you can do whatever you want. The error is that, really, doing so does not educate or cut the root of sin; only serves to give an image. So if you discover you sink. There are also many problems of bullying.

my cry came to your ears

Would you took your children adapt to this society so different?

The first missionaries are the children, because in school face the culture as it is. Older, Isaac, Mary, Peter and Joshua took them to adapt. Classmates made them much harm: they laughed at them, they put them thumbtacks on shoes ... But it was a miracle that no rebel. Truly the Lord helped us! God inspired them not resist these sacrifices or return evil for evil, and that saved them, because eventually stopped messing with them. In addition, God has not allowed my children to grow up with pain and bitterness toward the Japanese nor to the mission. On the contrary, specifically for my daughter Mary was an honor to suffer for Christ, not a grievance.

¿Took the demon that suffering to make desistierais mission?

See the children pass it is worse to suffer evil oneself. The first thing leaves you as a mother is to act like a lioness to protect your cubs. But God sustained us. To me, in pain, the Lord has inspired me to keep in mind Esau and his contempt for birthright for a mess of pottage, and also remember the election of Jacob. Faced with the temptation to go back to Spain I leaned more in God and the Virgin. There I discovered the amazing attitude of Mary to enter with Christ in the salvific mission of man for love of him.

Does the economic uncertainty you discouraged?

Not at all. How God cares for us! We rode the house with furniture garbage. It was the economic "boom" and people threw them but not to renew old. New families in mission arrived and told Felix: "Let's see if you can find a cot." And cradle appeared! We needed we found it, see you with box! One wanted a fishing rod and soon appeared in a container. The Lord provides a way that inspires people to fill your needs and desires. Of course you can live by faith, and so little faith as I have! I have to tell the devil, "Get out of here I have memorials to remember all that the Lord has done for me!". God breaks the schemes; my five grown children, how bad it happened at school, have been able to university courses in Japan. And the five who were born there one is Discalced Carmelite and another seminarian.

I will sing to the Lord because he has helped me!

In a population of one hundred and thirty million, less than 0.5% are Catholic. Why not snuffs the Gospel?

It is a great mystery. San Francisco Javier himself said it: "In India I fished with a net, in Japan I caught him with a cane." The fact that many Catholic families are there mission is a sign that the Lord loves this town and want to be saved. Christ has also given his blood for Japan and wants to know his love. Now, when your conversion will occur? I do not know. Since then, there have been many martyrdoms and his blood was the seed of Christians and the engine for us to be there. In Nagasaki Catholics are descendants of those martyrs. Also many missionaries, after the atomic bombs were moved to Japan, and this self-giving of the Catholic Church did awaken many conversions. Nothing is lost, but today we do not know why they have the ear closed to the Gospel. So at least they see our love and dedication to them for Christ's sake. As it has happened, for example, after the tsunami, none of the families on mission has come and that has called them much attention, because they, having been, had gone away. Now, transfer that love and attract all Japanese high grace God is, and that's just in God's hands.

The harvest is plentiful in Japan, what do you still call the Lord there?

The mission is for one. If God allows evangelize, great, but above all for conversion itself. I live day to day asking God, with fear and trembling, to continue taking pity on me because I can lose and fall into what we now consider unthinkable. And he calls me to live with docility to accept whatever he wants, because my life does not belong to me but to the Lord. I am here today, well, that morning there, as also well ...

Do you think God has been good to you?

Very well, super generous! I deserved to have been abandoned for so hard, so much disbelief, so infidelity to Him and yet has always rewarded me good: with love and patience. I still call me, being pure impediment, it is beyond me and moved me. He knows what he's doing, of course, but I would not pick me. Every day I say: Put you all, you know how I am!

Victoria Serrano Blanes

Posted 1:56 pm, July 13, 2015 By Buenanueva

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