Monday, April 13, 2009
师傅与徒弟 Master & apprentice
Below is an article (in Chinese) I wrote in the February issue of 『 Love of Light 』 ( founded 1978) monthly Legion newspaper published in Sibu, Sarawak.
The idea of formation of the Legion of Mary is the master and apprentice method. This is the ideal way of training. Instead of delivering lengthy lectures, the master places the work before the eyes of the apprentice, and by practical demonstration shows him how it is to be done, commenting on the different point thereof as he proceeds. Then the apprentice himself attempts the work and is corrected in his execution of it. It is lead by example.
In a parish, parish priest is the Master. Parish priest is laden with works and responsibilities, so he needs many helpers to share and help in his works. Besides the pastoral care of his people, the priest needs to train up laity to be his co-workers.
More than 27 years ago, when I joined the Legion of Mary, I was raw and naive, knew nothing about the legion, and evangelisation was a foreign term. The parish priest then was Rev. Fr. Henriot (pic below). I used to follow him to visit hospitals, families, aged, sick and lonely, the bereaved and many others. I experienced the joy of caring and reaching out to others. Rev. Fr. Henriots's missionary spirit, simple living has become my role model of service to others, and laid the foundation of my serving to the church and membership in the Legion of Mary.
I am one of the many apprentices under Fr. Henriot. A master can have many apprentices to serve the church, community and society. Our Lord Jesus, the Master of masters, in preparation for the conversion of the world, was to surround himself with his chosen ones, whom he tutored and filled with his own spirit. He led by example.
Today, willing master is hard to come by. If you found one, make good use of the opportunity.