Saturday, December 02, 2006

Chinese Saints

I have fairly frequent dealings with a handful of the good people of Taiwan. They are interesting to me in many ways and many have become good friends. Yet there is a certain youthfulness about them that I have a hard time charitably describing. "Staid" and "Refined" and "Mature" are not words that come up a lot. One huge thing that is missing from their culture is a pervading notion of religion - although there are temples and small sacrifices to ancestors. I would dearly love to win some of those souls for heaven.

Who are some good intercessors from Taiwan??

Of course Taiwan is largely, in culture and heredity, of China. So Our Lady of China is apt. Though she is so busy already!! St. Fracis Xavier is legendary for his work in the orient so I include him. I vaguely know of a lot of martyrs in China but didn't know any of the stories until I noticed this one from a page in the St. Peter and the Vatican book we have.

St. Jean-Gabriel Perboyre
Sounds like quite a guy!! I will include him in the post rosary litany. But I still haven't found out names of some indiginous saints. Taiwan preferred but larger China is definately OK. Please contribute your recommendations with links to more info if possible.


diana said...

I know this is an old posting, but I really have to take issue with your characterization. The Chinese suffered terribly, more than we can imagine, and they try to find the humor in life. Maybe they are trying to find the joy in so much sadness. I believe that's true with many people who have *really* suffered, not just theorize about it in a religious sense. Sad to say, I find that "youthfulness" is more appealing than the sour, grim faces of so many homeschoolers I know. There seems to be no joy in them. Often there is a lot of preachiness and hypercritical comments about others, and unasked-for advice that does not pertain to following Church teaching. If that's a "maturity" to strive for, I can see why people would not be attracted to that. People much older than you or I, and just as orthodox, notice this in homeschoolers and have commented to me on this fact. Just so you know, I homeschool myself.

electroblogster said...

It is an interesting thread you picked out of my post. Mostly I was just looking for some help finding Taiwanese saints to help me with my friends.

They really are friends! I have been to Taiwan many times. They are genuinely nice and good people. (However, of the 11 that I know well only one could claim a larger than normal share of suffering.)

I hope you get a chance to meet more homeschoolers - I know dozens and dozens - and even the ones who nature has carved with more serious visage turn out to have personalities that know much joy.

In fact they tend to have the wider gamut of human possibility (from great joy to serious endevor) that bespeaks a broader and deeper view of the world (heaven and earth) than I have seen in most of my friends from Taiwan. (Sorry - I find that my words are still not very good at expressing what seems a subtle but pervasive difference).