Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Everyone is welcome! Gathering begins at 11 a.m.; lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. for the cost of $10 per person. The presentation will begin at noon.
The Rev. Bill Crumley, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Charenton was the speaker at Monthly Manna for the month of July. Author of the book, “Why We Are Always Broke.” Fr. Bill retired on Sept. 5, to pursue concerns that are close to his heart.
Rodger Robinson from First United Methodist Church expressed his gratitude to Fr. Bill for the contribution that his ministry offered to this area. Rodger prayed that God would grant him success and enjoyment in his retirement.
Fr. Crumley’s message:
“... for the whole creation is waiting with eagerness ... with the intention that the whole creation itself might be freed from its slavery to corruption and brought into the same glorious freedom as the children of God”, (Romans 8:21). The atomic bombs dropped on Japan left a severe scar on the face of the earth.
Before the Atomic bomb was dropped Hiroshima and Nagasaki were ordinary towns. Residents had no idea of what was about to happen. People got up that morning went to work —children went to school.
The bombs dropped on Japan in August 1945 were called atomic bombs.
This is because its energy came from the release of atoms that collide with a substance called uranium. This collision results in the release of large amounts of energy in the form of heat.
On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945 the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, three days later Nagasaki was bombed. The cloud that formed from the bombing looked innocuous enough, and apart from its size and almost perfect mushroom shape it does not look much different from smoke released from any other source of heat.
What the cloud doesn’t show is the ball of heat contained within – a ball of heat that burns human bodies, buildings, and everything in its way.
What had a few minutes earlier been a thriving city was now a bundle of ruins. About 40 percent of the population was killed instantly and many more died of radiation and cancer over the years.
All children, not just children in the womb, were affected by the bomb.
Sadako Susaki was 2 years old when the bomb hit. She survived! In 1959 she entered school. Sadako was strong. She could outrun the other children.
At age 12 Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia .She believed that she could overcome this sickness.
She made a pledge to make 1,000 paper cranes for her survival. She was only able to make 750.
Her story became known worldwide. Children from all over the world helped her make the missing paper cranes. From this project an international Children’s Peace Museum was born.
The affect of these bombs left a severe scar on the face of the earth – not simply upon Japan – but also, where the first atomic explosion was released in a New Mexico desert. J. Robert Oppenheimer, head of the project was reported to have said, “I have become Death, Destroyer of Worlds.”
ARE WE JUST HELPLESS VICTIMS? WHAT CAN WE DO?
Fr. Crumley plans to go to schools, libraries and other groups to help educate people to the dangers we face. His hope is to bring to their attention to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jpc/top_e.html) - the Mayors for Peace program
— a copy of a talk given by a survivor of the bombings in 1945 that was presented on Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
Please contact Deacon Jerry Bourg for more information on Monthly Manna at 923-4591.