In the second week of the
Spiritual Exercises, the Son looks down upon the world and insists on
descending there. Now I think I got a glimpse of why. The only way for him to
deeply understand, sympathize, and save human beings was undoubtedly
Incarnation: to work and live in the same place and in the same way as human
I heard the whisper of Holy
Spirit inviting me to be with factory workers, but I was afraid. Not because of
harsh working conditions. Labor protest in 2014 turned into a bloodshed after
the government used military force, resulting in five deaths and tens of
injuries. The government has been keeping a watchful eye on labor groups since
then, especially on the foreigners who approached laborers.
In October 2018, I got a job at a factory.
Nobody except the factory manager knew that I was a Catholic priest. During the
first four months, I worked in a warehouse. When 13 meters high containers
arrived, we would open the back door, unload large rolls of fabric, carrying
each roll on the shoulder. Later, I was assigned to a packing department where
I put the final products into plastic bags, then into boxes, and moved them
into a container.