We have the opportunity to share with our Hong Kong and Macao counterparts of experiences, successes and failures in our missionary and pastoral works of the local church. At the same time, we learned from them many knowledge and skill that we can suitably apply to benefit our church back home.
The visit also deepened and broadened our understanding of the vision and characteristics of the Catholic church, that is: we are One, Universal, Holy and Apostolate Church.
In Hong Kong and Macao, we witnessed the highest standard of church volunteerism. We noticed the importance and the need of full time employees in the church vineyard. The idiom you pay peanuts, you get monkeys rang true when we have the opportunity to see the tremendous and fabulous development of the churches in this two region. In this new age, professionalism is not only required in evangelisation and pastoral fields, but also in volunteerism.
While recognising our Local Church is trying its best to continue the mission of Christ, new attitude and renewed effort deemed necessary in order to allow the dynamics and potentials of the people of God be released and allowed to grow in order to achieve the targeted result and goal.
The detailed and moving guided tour by Mrs Anna Lee brought home a very important message for us, that is the preservation of history and heritage of our Church.
When we visited the St. Joseph Seminary, we mourned the loss of our College General in Penang. Apparently our church has chosen money over history. And where is the money now? History and heritage are our common inheritance of generations, money belongs to a few.... Money can be made, history and heritage cannot be bought. It is evil.
We have many churches and buildings more than hundred years old, do we have a common plan of preservation? Not that I know.
It was a journey of learning, a journey to know others and appreciate own self OR to know own self and appreciate others ?!?!
Any which way, it is a journey in communion with the Lord.