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The Faithful Dove Flies Against the Wind: Second Collection of Poems 1952-2012



 
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"Through these beautifully written poems, the reader will be afforded a glimpse into the mind and heart of this quiet quasi-martyr. Brother Peter shares his faith, his devotions and inspirations in these poems." -Father Abbot Damien Toilolo

Br. Peter born to a Catholic family in Neijiang as a baby. At age 12, he entered the Nanchong Benedictine monastery to study. In October 1951, then a monk in the Chengdu Benedictine monastery, he rose in resisting the Chinese Communist persecution of the Catholic Church. In November 1955, as a firm and staunch warrior of Faith, he was thrown into jail. He thenceforth had to undergo all kinds of torments:being criticized, struggled against, slandered, insulted, standing up for a long time, bending over, handcuffed, shackled, beaten, bound with rope, confined, added with imprisonment... Yet, depending on the unmatched strength of the Lord, he crushed all these Communist various devilish ruses and cruel means of forcing surrender and reforming ideology. Furthermore, ultimately, holding his head high, he triumphantly walked out the prison and passed through the Iron Curtain. Even, applying the insignificant skill of composing poetry, learned from reading Mao Zedong's poetry, he wrote his own poems to record and describe, drop by drop, his experiences and also his thoughts and feelings during his 33 year of flames of war in China and then during his following 27 warm springs in the USA, Europe, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The life of a man seems to be a long journey. Departing from our mothers' womb, we begin to go to our graves. Entering this world, we move toward the Paradise. Our life is from this earthly and transient one to that Heavenly and eternal one. Through learning, training and working, our bodies and minds are gradually growing and developing until extinction, until reaching the end of our lives' journey, until our souls for our lifetimes' good or bad being judged by Christ and rewarded to ascend Heaven and enjoy eternal happiness, or temporarily penalized to suffer bitterness in Purgatory, or severely punished to be thrown into the sea of fire forever. The author has used poetry to write down and capture, bit by bit, his words, deeds, thoughts, reflections, impressions and feelings in a certain moment, time, place, circumstance and scene during his own road. He thus wants to leave to himself some commemorations, to give to the Church a report of combat, and to offer to God his belief, love, praises and gratitude. This second collection gathers 275 poems, which were written from April 3, 1952 to January 28, 2012 and the most part of which were composed behind the Iron Curtain.

ISBN 978-986-5996-20-8 Paperback. 2014


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