As a Junior, my vocation journey in the Piarists could be described in three aspects. First, the community life. Many brothers come from different countries in our Juniorate Community and I do not have any companion brothers from my own country, South Korea. At first, I had a lot of struggles in our community because I couldn’t abandon my personal stubbornness and pride. We had a lot of conflicts with my fellow brothers at first. But along the process, I was able to overcome myself and gradually learn how to understand them. I need to be humble and now I try to understand the brothers as much as possible and being with them always with a smile. Therefore, I am so happy everyday living in my community. And I am very proud in representing Korea in our community.
Second, the academic studies. Now that I am living with the Piarist Community, following the charism of Saint Joseph Calasanz, that is the education for the poor children. In order to teach them, I must know a lot of things. That is why, although I am stressed by being sleepy and overflowing assignments every day at school, I try to study hard and joyfully thinking of the children waiting for me.
Third, is being with the children. Every Saturday, I feel little tired and exhausted. I spend so much energy on Monday to Friday for my theological studies and community works. But, if I see my children in our Calasanz Movement area every Saturday, I am energize and I could elicit positive feelings from them. In fact, our children live a difficult life every day because of the house they are living in, the environment around them, and many other factors. However, despite such difficulties, they always greet me with a bright smile and that impresses me so much. I am learning a lot from them and that experience have a positive impact in my community life.
All these things makes me happy every day in my community right now. My hope and all my brothers is to be happy every day in our community, more aspirants to enter, especially from my country to our community. Of course, there are many difficulties and trials I have encountered in my life so far, but I think I have had happiness because I have overcome them well. I am praying earnestly every time I struggle, and I believe that the Lord has given me the answer. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Jae Yong Kim, Sch.P. (Piarist Junior, South Korea)
Calasanz Juniorate House