The priest looked at me thoughtfully, scratching his head in a puzzled sort of way. Finally he said, with an absolutely straight face, “Well–I know a priest in Hong Kong who will take anybody.” It wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement.
It was not a vacation, but certainly an adventure when I went to Macau in 1988. Actually the steps it took just to get there was an adventure. I’d never heard of Macau till 1987. It was nearing my retirement from teaching, and in the back of my mind was an idea of going somewhere to work with Chinese–perhaps refugees. In 1978 Chinese refugees (“Boat People”) from Vietnam had fallen into my lap, almost accidentally, except I don’t really think God works accidentally. That’s another story, but part of that story is that I became “Kaima,” (roughly translated adopted mother) to a whole lot of Chinese.
Join author Shirley Meagher on her adventure to China, working alongside the wonderful people who do God’s work with the poorest of the poor, including Mother Teresa, of whom she says:
“How could I possibly describe the compassionate aura that she radiated? Some wanted to take pictures and she patiently endured it, bowing slightly, with a gentle ‘Thank you’ when finished. I was told it is a trial for her, but she permits it and offers it up for ‘those Christ is thirsting for’.”
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