So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Chen Yinhui: Buddhist to Catholic Christian

Converts' stories can remind us how to engage in authentic evangelization.

From the AsiaNews article:
Born into a Buddhist family, (Chen Yinhui) chose the Christian faith "for its dynamism". Although she deeply respects her parents' tradition in which she too was raised, she has never regretted her choice to change.—AsiaNews by Xin Yage.
Quotes from the article (CLICK HERE for full article). Titles in parentheses have been added for emphasis.
I was baptised on Easter night of 2012. Until a few years earlier, I had no a clue about who Catholics were. I had heard about them, but I did not know anyone.

Working briefly with the Kuangchi Program Service (光啓 社), for the first time in my life, I met missionaries: Father Jerry (丁松筠 神父) and Father Bob (劉 神父).

(Model the Faith) I had heard stories about missionaries, and not all men. The nuns especially intrigued me because they had a very deep inner life. Their work for those on the margins of society struck be in particular.

(Invite, Listen & Share) One time, a Catholic friend of mine invited me to a catechism session, in Holy Family Parish. The pastor took me under his wings, and patiently accompanied me on my long journey. I attended catechism for eight months.

(The Faith is caught more than taught; the Sacraments) After I was baptised on Easter night, some people asked me whether I was rushing into things. Others told me instead if I want to learn to swim, I had to jump into the water. What better way to learn about a life of faith than joining a community in which I "had to swim". Without experience, one cannot really understand the Christian life.

(Meeting Christ in others) I also volunteered with prison inmates, which I continue to do to this day on a weekly basis. Every Saturday I teach, and organise social and educational activities.

(The word of God attracts) My Christian community, my Bible study group, has 15 members. We share a lot. My favourite Gospel pages are those in which Peter talks to Jesus. Although Peter often does not understand much, I like it because he is sincere and generous.

For me, helping others is undoubtedly my greatest passion. Since I still have a lot of energy, I want to use it to bear witness to God's generosity. I am very interested in prison inmates.

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