Mission Freedom Vietnam

Blessed are those who thirst and hunger for righteousness, for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6)

Alright folks. Recently some people – including readers of this blog – have expressed their desire to help Vietnam. Some friends, family members and even colleagues became outraged and fumed with anger when I explained to them the plight of the Vietnamese people in Vietnam. I don’t know what’s the cause of the surge in people becoming concerned with Vietnam’s affairs and why all of a sudden they have a tone of urgency in their voice, but the suffering of the Vietnamese people under the government of Vietnam has been going on for decades.

Perhaps it’s because the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) just published an article about Vo Minh Tri (Viet Khang) and Tran Vu Anh Binh’s trial today:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/10/31/vietnam-singers-jailed.html

Or perhaps they felt compassion for a young Vietnamese highschool girl who wrote a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pleading them to prevent China from invading Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Paracel Island and Spratly Island):

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-620907

Or perhaps they feel they are the successor to the late Nguyen Chi Thien:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/arts/nguyen-chi-thien-vietnamese-dissident-poet-dies-at-73.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Or perhaps something more simple and fundamental: They have a conscience, and so can YOU.

Folks, I thank you for your support and for joining me as we raise our voices for those who are silenced and we lend our hearts to those who need love. I am Catholic and every Sunday since I was born voices from the pulpit always preached to me about loving my neighbours, the oppressed, the forgotten, the marginalized, the underprivileged. “Blessed are those who thirst and hunger for righteousness”, says Jesus, “for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

Well, life is not worth living if I only live for myself. Life becomes worthwhile once it is lived for others. So as we continue this arduous journey, I echo the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II: Do not be afraid! Rise, let us be on our way.

Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images

“you have to humanize the world we live in, in the way that today’s Reading from Isaiah indicates: “loose the bonds of injustice … share your bread with the hungry … remove the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil…. Then your light shall rise in the darkness” (Is 58,6-10)…Although I have lived through much darkness, under harsh totalitarian regimes, I have seen enough evidence to be unshakably convinced that no difficulty, no fear is so great that it can completely suffocate the hope that springs eternal in the hearts of the young. You are our hope, the young are our hope” Blessed Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day 2002 Toronto

Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid!

– Nhat (edited by Thuy)

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