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  1. Cleo says:

    It’s interesting to see so many SENIOR Sisters (no intention to stir your thinking of “senior citizens”) standing in the front while the Diocese would like to promote religious vocation. Why couldn’t we have some young Bros, Fathers and Sisters to stand in the front and in the middle?

    I’m not a rebellious youth (sorry if you think I am) but I am wondering if all the religious in the photos are active vocation promoters or simply function guests …

    It is presumptuous of me to speak to you all, I who am dust and ashes (imitating Abraham in Genesis 18: 27). It seems to me that the number of religious appearing in the photo are many and I suppose many of them have their schools to run in HK but are they really promoting Catholic formation in their schools? If so, with so many Catholic schools in HK, we should have plenty young religious… Sorry, I’m just wondering.

    When I browsed the websites of some Catholic schools in HK, I just found almost nothing about their religious formation programme which is totally incomparable to other activities in their schools. So, what’s the priority of these leading religious? … I wonder.

    Several years ago, former Morgan head Chris Lowney published his book HEROIC Leadership and wittily presented the link between the success of Morgan and the success of Jesuits and their christian values. I just couldn’t see such core values be boldly and proudly presented by the Catholic schools in HK when they were showing their achievements on the NET. Shame! Shame on the NET! (not the people to be blamed, please don’t mistake me.)

    If we Catholics do not see why and how we succeed in education …, no wonder I have to be always laughed and challenged by my Protestant classmates. Shame on me!

  2. Paula says:

    Hi, Cleo, I agree with most of your challenging reflection. However, as a Chinese, I would also like to let you know a bit of our culture. I personally know some of the religious in the photos and I believe they are working hard for Catholic formation in Hong Kong (though I don’t know whether they are vocation promoters). Sometimes when we Chinese take photos, we tend to let those elderly or authority to stand or sit in the front row (in particular the centre) as a kind of respect to their status in the group. You can take it easy.

  3. Cleo says:

    Thanks a lot for your explanation, Paula. Don’t take my words too serious too!

  4. says:

    I think Cleo brought up a good point — there seems to be so few young people discerning religious vocations. (I cannot say for Hong Kong because I do not live there. But it is the case here in Canada.) Last year, when I went to a vocation discernment retreat for the Archdiocese of Toronto, there were 6 participants and 12 religious. (It was good in a sense that you get a 2:1 attention. But that’s besides the point) This year, the retreat did not even happen because there was nobody signing up…

    My family and I attend a Chinese parish in town. The Archdiocese of Toronto dedicated the first four months of this year to pray specifically for vocations. Our parish priest was working EXTREMELY hard for it. He even invited seminarians to come and speak about their experience for part of the time during the homily. And one thing he said during one of his homiies about vocations…

    He said he recently attended a conference in Singapore. He said that there would be no more supply of Cantonese speaking priest for our Chinese parishes here in Canada because they do not even have enough priests in Hong Kong! And he raised the question to the congregation, “Why isn’t there Chinese priest from youths in our own Chinese parishes here in Canada?”

    I remember a priest said once during a youth retreat asked, “When should we offer our life to God? …After we have a good job, a car, a house… Maybe when I retire, I’ll give all my energy to the church! …If we were to give, we should give Him the best years of our lives! When we are young and energetic!” We do not “fulfill” God’s plan after we have reached our own…

    Ultimately, this “crisis” comes back as a question to all of us — the youths: Do we dare to seriously think about what does God want of me for my life? Who am I? Which path (consecrated/married) is the most suitable path for me, is the most helpful for me, to reach holiness?

    We need holy priests and religious;
    We also need holy Christian families.

    God’s plan is a plan for the good of EVERYBODY (though it might not immediately seem that way)… we are invited to make a choice that conform to his plan, though we are also given the choice not to make such a choice.

    Sorry for keep blabbing on… I want to end by sharing a little prayer.

    “Contributing to Change”
    There is so much to do
    and everyone has his part to play
    in the endeavors of our time

    Holy Mother,
    intercede so that I may receive
    the encouragement
    and have the strength
    to cooperate
    in the great task
    of changing the world
    in which we live.
    I know
    that my contribution,
    however small,
    can make the difference.
    Amen.

    p.s. If the Lord now ask you, “Come, leave everything behind and follow me?” What is your response?

  5. Paolo says:

    主, 袮願意我做甚麼呢﹖
    Lord, what do you want me to do?

    Here I am, Lord!

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