A book written by a Catholic nun is causing a stir in Japan.
After 65 years in Japan,
the 96 year old Sister Jeanne Bosse wrote "Smiling brings happiness," a
book of tips to improve lifestyles based on the Gospel, which has sold
19 thousand copies so
far in 4 editions to the point
that even the 'Asahi Shimbun,
Japan's largest newspaper, has taken
The religious sister of the Congregation
of Notre Dame, Sister Jeanne gives classes
in biblical studies in Chofu,
On Sundays she plays the organ during services and closely follows the children of the parish.
And her book,
created with the help of a young parishioner, has become a way of life that is
helping the Japanese.
The country is one of the most materialistic in the world. Despite the good economic situation - Japan is the third
largest economy in the world - society
is faced with a very low birth rate, a high rate
of suicide and stress produced by
the daily drudge of work experienced as "sole mission of the
human being " which has led the Japanese to increased use of alcohol and drugs.
In view of this, the teachings of the
religious have become a small "maximum life" that have thrilled readers:
beings continue to grow all
throughout their lives - Sister Jeanne writes - and we must
never stop smiling ".
Readers have commented online on the book's success: "It gave me
courage, I copied her phrases in my notebook."
For her part, the nun
says she is surprised: "I did not do anything
special. I just pray it may help
readers and bring them hope."