By Corrinne May
This Easter, my husband, Kavin Joseph Hoo (he chose ‘Joseph’ for his confirmation name, seeking to be a good father and husband like St. Joseph) was received into the Catholic Church and received Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time.
God truly had a plan for Kavin’s conversion, and it was in God’s time.
“There is an appointed time for everything and a time for every affair under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
When I first met Kavin back in 1996, he was a fallen-away Protestant, disillusioned with God, and hesitant about accepting my invitation to go for mass at the university parish I attended in Boston, USA. But go for that first mass he did; I remember him joking about the holy water being sprinkled saying: ”It burns! It burns!”.
After dating for a few years, we were married in September 2003. We sat down with a priest for the pre-marriage interview and Kavin promised to baptise and raise as Catholic, any children we received from God.
Kavin kept his promise and we baptised our firstborn, Claire. We started attending mass as a family soon after. When Claire turned three, we started family prayer every night before bedtime. Through our prayers I could tell that Kavin’s faith was growing. For the Lord says, “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst”. (Matthew 18:20)
Faith never grows in a vacuum. Just like a plant, the gift of faith needs to be nurtured in a garden. However, Los Angeles was hardly the spiritual garden that Kavin needed. We nurtured our creativity and many great friendships in our 17 years living in Los Angeles, but we longed for a spiritual community in which to grow.
Thankfully, the Lord blessed us with such a community in Singapore. In 2012, we found our kampong: a group of devoted Catholic families who showed us, through their daily life, an abundance of loving examples of how our Catholic faith could be lived out in family and community life. Once Kavin was plugged into this community, his faith blossomed.
Amazingly, four members of our kampong were received into the Catholic Church at the same Easter Vigil. The Lord works in mysterious and wonderful ways! For “Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:7). Alleluia!