"Our country enters the phase of naked display of aggression. When a regime is morally bankrupt it will use immoral means to hold on to power. We might be weak but we still have the power of prayer & silent witnessing. . The unjust may break our bones but they can’t break our spirit. " – Father O.C. Lim
These words spoken by the Rev. Father O.C. Lim. S.J. last year have become a spiritual guide in my own reflection and practice as a Christian and pastor.
Today, I’m glad we had a chance to speak a little bit more in depth when we were present with many others to be in solidarity with 21 charged with illegal assembly.
Father O.C. Lim was given a chance to comment in an interview with Malaysiakini.
After that, I took the golden opportunity to do a short interview myself asking Father O.C. Lim, what motivates him in the core of his being where he draws strength and resources to do what he does in speaking up for justice.
While there maybe needs and issues which call us to respond to different situations, and often these become the common ground in which many of us converge and join efforts for the common good. What interests me is apart from that starting point which is more visible to others, how about the less visible and often more central place where we which is unapologetically part and parcel of our who we are?
I started with the question with a “What” focus, but Father O.C.Lim answered by reframing the question to focus on “Who” motivates him. And who he talked about motivates me too. Thanks for affirming that Father O.C and your words continue to challenge us all to be more faithful to the One who has called us to follow him.