CLM Staff Member
On March 24, 2013, the CLM hosted a despedida dinner for Columban Lay Missionary Shin Hyun Jeong Eu who, for personal reasons, was due to fly to Korea the next day.
At the dinner table, I asked her what her happiest moment was in the Philippines. And she told this “When I arrived here, I saw many street children lying about anywhere and sometimes wondering aimlessly. It was then that dreams about my childhood came at night. At first I just forced myself to forget them but these dreams kept coming back. I had these dreams in Korea but I avoided facing them. It was easy to avoid these dreams back home in Korea because my busy life occupied my mind with many other thoughts. But here in the Philippines, I could not avoid facing these dreams, these nightmares. The quiet of the night, the sight of the many street children only made my dreams even more vivid. I had no choice but to confront them. It was difficult at first. Gradually I gained the courage to confront these dreams. And it was then that I realized that the feeling of pity that I felt for the street children was the same feeling I had as a child. I slowly began to understand what these dreams meant and how it affected me. Then came acceptance of what was and has been. It was during this time that I felt free. I was liberated. I was happy. I realized that my coming to the Philippines helped me see, face, and accept myself more. I have grown to be a better person. ”