AEYG 2017+CF

4579From August 1-7, 2017, the Claretian youth of Taiwan (EAD) attended AEYG 2017+CF in Yogyakarta, Indonesia under the theme “Be Witnesses and Messengers of the Joy of the Gospel in Diversity.” This theme was in fact the continuation of the theme of the first AEYG-2015 “Meet Him in the Cloud”. Encountering God in the Cloud in 2015 inspired many young people to become the Witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel in the diversity of the Asian Context. Seven participants from Taiwan attended the youth gathering in Yogyakarta. In spite of the language barriers and cultural differences, the enthusiasm and energy that emerged during the encounter really united the whole group into a clan of young people walking in the same road witnessing the joy of the Gospel in diversity.

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Getting to know Claret

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On June 10, 2017 the Parish Councils of the different parishes we are serving in Taiwan (Assumption, Sacred Hearts, John the Baptist, Fatima and Zhonghe chapel) came together to Wulai Fatima Farish for a day of fraternal sharing as well as to have an opportunity to better know each other and the mission and charism of the Claretian Missionaries. The day started with a meditation-presentation of the life and spiritual journey of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, from his childhood in Sallent to his exiled death in Fontfroide. We got to know about the pillars of his spiritual experience and his unceasing missionary thrust, always trusting God’s plan and will. Then, each missionary position presented its parish council and the basic lines of their pastoral plan.

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Give thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose mercy endures forever.

1At the beginning we started with easy trails, like Hohuang North and South, Hualian's Taroko trails, then Snow Mountain (the second highest peak in Taiwan), Tapaqian, Wuling 4 peaks, the Three Stars of the southern cross road, Lake Jiamin, Peitawu, Yushan first peak, Zhijiayang and Nanhu Mountain among others. I remember how one sister, Daughter of Jesus, was astonished when thinking that it was a foreigner like myself who was working hard to show them the beauty hidden in their own country, Taiwan. In recent years we have to fight against the most ferocious of enemies, bureaucracy… climbing in Taiwan became a tiring red-tape adventure to the point of taking away the breath before putting the foot at the base of the mountain.

Nevertheless, it was, and it still is, an opportunity to bring closer Creator and creature in the midst of the wonderful, yet sometimes dangerous, gift of God: Creation, in particular mountains.

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大津家庭跨年,為家庭福傳做見證

這次的活動看到已經身為父母的大人們,運用過去參加舉辦營隊的經驗,買食材、想活動、陪伴孩子、彼此聊天,看到孩子們延續著父母們的情誼,彼此相識相熟,用孩子們的方式相處在一起,眼睛裡散發著光芒,就好像10幾20年前,在營隊中,看到學員充滿希望的眼神一樣。

15823498 10157985510275322 4154029380975608880 n最讓我感動的,是在川堂的主日彌撒,這次好幸運能夠有范凱令神父同行,為所有的人舉行了感恩祭,當天也正好慶祝天主之母節,雖然祭台上的東西不是最完備的,還可能有東西忘了帶,但所有的孩子坐在第一排面對著祭台,認真參加彌撒,在唱歌的時候用心的大聲詠唱,在天主經的時候,所有孩子都牽起了手圍在祭台邊…彌撒裡的每一個共融時刻,都令我感到滿心歡樂與平安。

如果說,要回應教宗方濟各對於家庭重要性的呼籲,我想,在這次歡樂跨年的活動中,所有的大人和孩子,感受到的絕對不只有出遊的歡樂,更重要的是,是因為信仰將我們串在一起,而我們也將信仰以及友誼帶進我們每個人的家庭裡。

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2016年與范凱令神父的第二次相遇

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這是我跟Paco神父於2016年有二次相遇,在第一次的相遇,只是感覺神父很愛爬山、很有活力,但此次的相遇卻有不同過去的感受,如:神父與耶穌一樣,喜愛所有的孩子,成為孩子的大玩具與孩子們玩在一起,或是成為眾人的僕人,默默協助所有的事情,像是拿起抹布協助清理油膩膩的桌面、看到早餐沒有雞蛋和培根,就起身進入廚房,把食物變到餐檯前。但讓我印象最深刻是『家庭共融彌撒』,Paco神父在感恩聖祭的時候,邀請所有的孩子們一同靠近祭台,一同親近耶穌,讓孩子們彼此牽起對方的手,浸潤在那無法言喻的美妙共融時刻,而當下的我,只在心中說了一句:「好美」。

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也許,我跟 Paco神父沒有太多言語上的交談,但我卻在神父的身上,看到那「親近鄰人」、「喜愛孩子」、「願意成為僕人」的基督典範,十分感謝神父願意花時間陪伴我們這十幾個家庭,而我自己卻是期待能有第三次與神父相遇的機會。

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