Ah, I have seen so many who perish by turning their backs on light! They shut their ears, close their eyes and do not wish to listen to the true voice. If it happens to reach their ears, they immediately defy it. Even so—even so—the compassionate and merciful heart of Kannon who saves all souls welcomes all who disobey and scorn the true voice. Look! Kannon is outstretching its saving arms toward them and gently enwrapping them with the clothes of spiritual light, peacefully letting them pass through the gate of the world of divine light and leading them to Paradise, the place of true comfort and nourishment.
(“Foreword,” World of Divine Light, no. 2, March 4, 1935)


Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet:

“‘Go to this people and say,

“You will be ever hearing but never understanding;

you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”

For this people’s heart has become calloused;

they hardly hear with their ears,

and they have closed their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,

hear with their ears,

understand with their hearts

and turn, and I would heal them.’

“Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!”
(Acts 28:24–28)

Published in Glory, no. 12, January 1, 2021

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