It was also there that we met LIN Pao-Kuei, whom everyone calls by his native name, Ho-ky. She has been a catechist and “pastoral animator”, especially among indigenous youth, for more than thirty years. She generously offered us her testimony.
“I was raised by the Jesuits. My father and mother saw to my physical growth but the Church allowed me to grow spiritually. I am very grateful to the Society of Jesus for this precious gift it has given me.
It was in 1985 that the priest invited me to work in the church. A nun I was close to told me: ‘Many people can work with Jesuits, but few of them can do missionary work.’ I went on a retreat and decided to become a missionary: it was the result of Ignatian discernment. It was a challenge, because I had not gone through a formal school for missionary work, but my experience allowed me to get involved. Currently, I am continuing my training because I am taking courses at Fu Jen’s theologate.
Jesuits are creative, they find new ways to preach the Gospel. Each Jesuit, in fact, invents his own particular approach and does not simply repeat what has been said before him. They are also very attentive to social services in their apostolate. Personally, I am mainly involved in family pastoral care, which suits me well since I have the experience of a mother. My activities are very varied. From time to time, I accompany a family to the police or to court when there are problems. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I have to go to a couple that quarrels and act as an arbitrator.
For me, this is not a job; it is a mission. And so, I don’t feel tired. It’s the meaning of my life.”