Meeting my Dad in my Project

It has been a little while since I last spent some time on this website whyatbreakfast.com or organizing a breakfast talk. It’s not that I lost interest in learning about the Catholic faith and, therefore, this website. On the contrary, I wish to learn so much more about the Catholic faith and church teachings that I decided to take a Certificate program on Pastoral Ministry at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario. It’s a part-time program that allows me to have a family life and to enjoy my parish life. I have gained so much from the program itself since September 2015 that I wished I had taken this program years ago!  Perhaps, I will share some of what I learned in this forum on a later date. The program does, however, take up a good amount of my “spare” time, and, therefore, my neglect on this WHY@Breakfast project.

I am, however, all fired up about WHY@Breakfast again.

My father passed away a few months ago. Since then, I have been trying to re-live the memories that I have of this great man. My dad was an educator, who started his career as a humble chemistry teacher.  He then became a popular Chemistry books author in Hong Kong and a well sought-out instructor for the popular tutoring classes aimed at helping students with the public examinations. (Public Examinations are the maker of life and death for Hong Kong students!) He then went on to become the Principal of a private school.  By the time of his death, he had just retired for one year from being Director of over 14 schools in Hong Kong. However, the most important facts that I remembered about my dad are about how he loved and cared for his family, how he loved his students and how generous he was towards others.

Recently, I read Ronald Rolheiser’s book, The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality. (New York, 1999)  In it, Rolheiser wrote that there is “a huge difference between how a theist and a Christian understand contact and intimacy with our loved ones after they have died.” A Christian “remain in contact through their word made flesh”, as one accepts Christ’s incarnation. Christians give “concrete expression in our lives to those whose virtues and qualities which they best incarnated.” So, in order for us to feel our loved one’s presence, we must seek him or her out in what was most distinctively him or her, in terms of love, faith, and virtue.

Dad was an educator through and through, and his loving and generous heart can be often seen through his work. I figure that if I long to feel his presence, it’s best for me to be engaged in some type of an educational project. I think if I keep working on WHY@Breakfast and helping deliver information on our Catholic faith and Church teachings to fellow Catholics, I might get to understand my dad’s legacy in his school administrative work. So, here I am, starting to update the website and planning the next WHY@Breakfast talk! Stay tuned!

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