A few days ago, when I passed through Guluo Village, Quting Town, Hongtong County, Shanxi Province, I saw a towering Gothic Catholic church on the south side of the road with unique characteristics. It is particularly eye-catching. The whole building is built of red bricks, standing on the high slope, with the Fen’anze section of national highway 309 in the front, and the Expressway from Qingdao to Lanzhou in the back.
In order to expand the size of the Old Summer Palace, Emperor Qianlong assigned the French missionary P. Benoist Michel and Giuseppe Castiglione, a young Italian Jesuit, to be responsible for its design.
As Christians, we may also face a similar dilemma. What are our choices when faced with the bullying of vulnerable groups, or when it comes to an unfair environment to the others? Do you let your selfish desires swell or stick to the bottom line of faith and social morality?
Tomorrow is in the hands of Heavenly Father, and peace is enough at the moment.
"Seeing the archives of Western missionaries’ written works about China is like discovering another Dunhuang treasure," said Mr. Su Jing, a 74-year-old scholar. During his time in England, he hand-copied a great deal of information on missionaries who contributed to China in various ways.
If we compare Tao Te Ching or I Ching with Christian culture, it seems understandable and acceptable. However, if someone compares the classic Chinese novel Dream of the Red Mansion with Christian culture, it will inevitably make him or her confused.
The book launching ceremony for The Origin of Shanghai School: Xujiahui Origin was held in the Shanghai Exhibition Center, recalling the influence of Ming dynasty scholar Xu Guangqi and Matteo Ricci, the first Catholic missionary to China.