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Loving home 「愛」家---作者: 韓國修士( 石鎮旭)

  • 發佈日期:2014-07-14
  • 照片說明文字  我在「愛家」工作九個月,「愛家」在台灣桃園,是一個成人身心障礙者的中心,約有35名學生和15名工作人員,大多數的學生是早上8點來到中心,約下午4點回家。有5個班級,我被分配到比其他班級重度的學生的班級,我每周三至周五到「愛家」,工作時間是從早上8點到下午5點,我在「愛家」的工作就是協助他們的基本生活自理,例如:吃飯、喝水、上廁所以及洗澡……等。

      當我在「愛家」工作時,想起我在韓國學習哲學時,我被教授問到人類的定義是什麼,當時我無法立即回答。是什麼讓一個人像人?許多哲學家試圖回答這個問題,理性的人?社會性的人?那些可以思考、說話和使用複雜工具的人?在「愛家」沒有一個人可以修飾哲學家們對人類的定義,但是我知道他們和人們同樣都是天主用愛所創造的,正如同其他人一樣。

      我在「愛家」通常被要求幫助一位需要整天一對一照顧的男生,他長得又高又壯,但他自己無法為自己做任何事,而且他常常傷害他自己,嘗試用頭撞牆,或用腳踢膝蓋,不論什麼時候他不快樂就大聲哭叫,但是我們都不知道他為什麼不快樂,因為他不會說話,而且他也總是喜歡整天緊握著他人的手。可是,有時候他開心就不會要求握手也不哭,但許多次他給我吃苦頭。他高興時就會大聲笑出來,這讓我們每一個人也都跟著開心起來。

      「愛家」每一位學生們都有個單純、天真的笑容和笑聲,因為他們是單純和天真的,在他們的笑容和笑聲裏沒有隱藏或巧弄,這就是為什麼每當我看到他們笑容和聽到他們笑聲時,也變得和他們一樣。在「愛家」也和老師學習到了很多,他們在「愛家」不僅是為錢,並且用著愛和憐憫去工作,老師們照顧學生就像照顧自己的家人一樣,若是沒有天主的愛,是無法解釋的。我們做傳教士的不但是為去幫助人們而走向人群,並且走向人們是為交換恩賜,它是來自天主所賜給我們的恩賜。不但聖誕節是交換恩賜的時候,並且經由我們一生都是如此。這就是傳教士應該做的,這樣全世界將成為一大的「愛」家。我在那裏工作只有短短幾個月的時間,但我在他們身上得到很多愛的恩賜,我感謝天主給我這份工作,能夠與他們相遇,在此,為「愛家」的學生和老師祈禱,願天主保佑他們。

      I worked in Aijia(home of Love) for about 9 month, which is a center for mentally challenged adults in Taoyuan, Taiwan. There are about 35 students and 15 staffs in Aijia. Most of them come to the center in the morning and go back home around 4 o'clock in the afternoon. There are 5 classes and I'm assigned to the class with more severe students than other classes. I go to Aijia every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, work from 8 am to 5 pm. What I do in Aijia is to help the students' basic activities as a human, such as eating food, drinking water, going to the toilet, taking a shower and so on. They cannot do those kind of basic activities by themselves without other's help. While I was working in Aijia, I remembered when I studied philosophy in Korea. I was asked the definition of human being by the professor, but I could not answer it immediately. What makes a human like a human? Many philosophers tried to answer the question, rational being? social being? Those who can think, speak and using complex tools? None of them in Aijia qualified the definition of human from the philosophers, but I know that they are the same human being who were created by God with love, just like anybody else.

       I am usually asked to help the one guy in Aijia who needs one on one care for whole day. He is tall and big, but he couldn't do anything by himself. And he often tried to hurt himself by butting his head to the wall or hitting his knees by his legs and cried out loud whenever he was not happy. But we don't know why he is not happy because he could not speak. Besides he likes to hold other's hand all the times. Sometimes when he is happy, he doesn’t ask for holding hands and doesn't cry, but many times he gave me a hard time. There was the time that he was very happy and laughed out loud, the it makes everyone happy. The students in Aijia have a simple and innocent smile and laugh because they are the simple and innocent ones. There is no hiding or manipulation in their smile and laugh. That's why when I see their smile and laugh, I also can become like them. I also learnt a lot from the teachers in Aijia. They don't just work there only for money, but with love and compassion. They take care of the studensin Aijia just as their own family members. It cannot be explained without love of God.

      We, as missionaries, don't go for people only to help them, we do go for people to exchange our gift which we got it from God. Christmas is not the only time that we exchange gifts, but also through whole our life. That's what missionaries should do so that our world would become the big HOUSE OF LOVE. I worked there for only short time but I got a lot of gifts of love from them. I thank God for sending me there to work and meet with them. I also pray for the students and teachers in Aijia. May God bless them.
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