Because the “Little Flower” Enchanted the Chinese “Legal Eagle”

I introduced readers to my Catholic friend, John C.H. Wu, a long time ago. What prompted John, a distinguished jurist, and drafter of the democratic constitution of the Republic of China (back when it was mainland China),  to swim the Tiber? Truthfully, I should have said “who” prompted him, not “what.” Blame it all on Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, “the Little Flower.” It is all her fault that my new friend John became a Catholic.

Around the year 1917, when he was 18 years old, John had made the first leap towards Rome when he became a Methodist, in Shanghai mind you. [Read more...]

Thérèse of Lisieux: the Mind of Lao Tzu, with the Heart of Confucius

—Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Today we celebrate the feast of a Doctor of the Church, the little nun who could, the Little Flower, Thérèse of Lisieux. Responsible for countless conversions to the Faith, she bowled over Thomas Merton, made a big impression on me, and sank, for all intents and purposes, John C.H. Wu’s battleship, with a direct hit amidships.

Her little way of love reminds me of what Pope Francis has been saying lately. [Read more...]

The Chinese Chesterton’s Thoughts on the Influence of Christianity on Common Law

It’s been a long time since I shared thoughts here from my faithful departed friend named John C.H. Wu.

I won’t bore you to death with the details of his life, as I’ve already done that in numerous posts before. Remember when he likened Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as having the mind of Lao Tzu, with the heart of Confucius? He’s written some amazing stuff. [Read more...]

For Thoughts on the Trinity By Way of China, Circa 1700…

…with a little help from a few other sources.

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. I have no doubt that my friend Wu Li, SJ was exposed to the Athanasian Creed. Why? Because Wu could not have written the orthodox poems below without having believed in the Mystery of the Triune God. Wu wasn’t just parroting something he had heard from his Jesuit catechists either, you see. It is obvious that he pondered this mystery in his heart.

Like all great poets, Wu parsed the words of the creed and reduced them down in a manner that leaves us better able to have faith in the mystery of God in three Persons.  [Read more...]

The Year of the Snake Coincides with the Year of Faith?

Well played, Mother Church. Well played.

Here are the Chinese characters for Happy New Year: 恭禧發財 Gong Xi Fai Cai!

P.S. Check out the China Tag for some great stories about Catholics from China whom I love.

News Flash: Dead Chinese Jesuit Befriends Catholic Blogger

You may remember my friend named Wu Li, SJ.  I introduced him to you in a post a few years back.Wu died as a Jesuit priest in Macau in 1718.

There is something about departed Catholics and me. I’m like Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense, or something. Except I don’t really see dead people. But I make friends with them so maybe they might be saints. [Read more...]

Christian Bale Speaks His Mind, Presents an Award to Chen Guangcheng

“What I really wanted to do was shake the man’s hand and say ‘thank you,’ and tell him what an inspiration he is.”

That’s what actor Christian Bale said about the blind, imprisoned, pro-life activist named Chen Guangcheng last December when he unsuccessfully tried to visit him. Red tape, ahem, got in the way. [Read more...]

Because the Holy Spirit is On-Line: Dispatches from Shanghai

There are many posts written here at YIMCatholic that haven’t been read by enough people.  This one is from around the end of May in 2011 and is about the “Sign of Contradiction,” Our Mother, the Church, in China.  Perhaps the writing is lame, but the photographs alone are worth a look. See if you agree.

 

It’s minor miracle time. Yesterday I got around to forwarding my recent post on Dom Lou to my friend Jonathan Chaves.

Jonathan, a professor of Chinese at George Washington University, is the person I met when I “discovered” Wu Li. He e-mailed me back right before supper and informed me that he has been in Shanghai for the past two months and is wrapping up a research trip there. He said he could not read my post, however, because all blogs were “suppressed.” What?! I hate it when that happens.

Never fear though, because I found a way to get it to him anyway. Heh! Once a Marine, Always a Marine. Just keep trying to build the mouse trap guys, and I’ll just keep figuring out ways around it. Adapt. Improvise. Overcome. You know the drill, “be as shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.” [Read more...]

Interested in Posts on Catholicism in China?

I’ve got those right here in the China tag. And I am truthfully being a man of little ado when I say that they are some of my favorite.posts.ever. [Read more...]

Thoughts from the “Tao Teh Ching” translated by the “Chinese Chesterton”

My Chinese Catholic friend, John C.H. Wu wrote several works that I have enjoyed reading over the past several years. I’ve shared posts with you from several of his books, namely Beyond East and West, The Science of Love, and Interior Carmel, the Threefold Way of Love. It is not for nothing that Frank Sheed called John “the Chinese Chesterton.” [Read more...]


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