What about the pandemic that affected the whole country for more than
First of all, the pandemic
prevented us from visiting the prisoners. When the doors reopened in 2022, we
handed over the responsibility for this in Bangkok to Catholic organisations. A
Jesuit still visits a detention centre for illegal immigrants. We focused our
efforts on the Chiang Mai area in the north. We still visit prisoners in the
jail, but our main work is designing a project for environmental awareness and
education, the Emmaus Farm.
The pandemic made us
realise the importance of the earth, the trees and the plants. Food is
essential, and it is wonderful to grow your own food and natural plant
remedies. If you lose your job but still have some land, you can survive. You
can be productive instead of being idle, not knowing what to do, going crazy
with financial, health and other problems. Those who come here understand this
and enter into this lively dynamic.
In addition, we feel very
much in tune with the broad global vision of the Society of Jesus; we practice
the four Apostolic Preferences,
especially Caring for our Common Home. We are delighted when we realise that we
are invited to share God’s work in creation - a kind of new Garden of Eden! We
have been called, and we believe that everything we need will be provided. Our
experience, guided by Divine Providence, is quite amazing!
as I retrace my steps in this project, I realise that each step inspired me; it
reflected the LOVE of God, of Jesus for me. I can continue my involvement
without too much worry; rather, I do so with joy and hope. “Emmaus” is a word
that illustrates my approach to life. When I am desperate or discouraged, Jesus
comes and shows me the way. He keeps the fire burning in my heart.