I arrived at the theologate a few weeks ago and was welcomed with the same warmth and hospitality that I had previously discovered in Da Lat. I haven't figured out if this practice is peculiar to the Salesians, the Vietnamese people, or if they complement each other to form a perfect combination. In any case, I am happy to begin my new assignment as part of the Salesian Community in Ho Chi Minh City.
|My new roommate. I've named him Ivan the "indestructible".|
He just doesn't stop moving after a good stomping.
There was another special display of hospitality as the community greeted the Rector Major, Very Reverend Father Angel Fernandez Artime. He is the global head of the Salesian Congregation and is considered to be the 10th successor of Don Bosco. As you would expect with any guest of honor, there was all the customary fanfare, but with an especially Asian flare. Over 1,200 local youths attended the celebration. All were entertained by traditional songs, dances and performances that lasted late into the night.
On a more somber note, I received some troubling news Stateside. I was informed that my 4 month old nephew, Cameron Homan, began having seizures and was rushed to the emergency room. He was born on the same day I flew to Vietnam. Please keep him and my sister's family in your prayers at this time. One confrere suggested that we pray for Cameron's healing through the intercession of Don Andrej Macjen, the founder of the Salesian Mission in Vietnam.
Today's Gospel reading Mark 10:27: With men it is impossible; but not with God: for all things are possible with God.