Brother John Choi, LC, shares with our Regnum Christi audience
some information on his new blog Quo Vadis? He writes the blog from Rome, where
he is studying toward an MA in Philosophy.
Calling himself an “American in exile” and “a proud member
of the Communion of Saints” his blog discusses world events,
US, Culture and other topics with a faith-filled focus.
What made you decide to write a blog?
decided to start writing a blog because I enjoy photography
and writing. Living in Rome gives me a
beautiful vantage point to use both of these gifts. I thought I could share with my friends and
family across the ocean a little bit of what we
face here in Europe. I have only just
started writing, and I hope to keep writing throughout my
formation. (Brother John has four-and-a-half more years of
study before ordination as a Legionary priest, “fingers crossed” he
says.) I think the people back at home
appreciate hearing about what is going on in the Heart
of the Church – Rome - and in the hearts
of the seminarians who I accompany (unworthily) here in my
What is the meaning of Quo Vadis?
“Quo Vadis?” is a
question. It’s one that Peter asked Jesus when
Peter was escaping Rome during Nero’s persecution in 66AD. He thought the best thing for the Church at
the time was to run away and not face martyrdom.
When Peter saw our Lord heading back toward Rome, he
asked, “Quo Vadis?” (Latin for: “Where are you going?) Our
Lord responded, “I am going to Rome to be crucified.”
know the kind of martyrdom that our Christian brothers face
in the Middle East and elsewhere. I think each Christian,
and each Catholic through his witness to life, faces a
white martyrdom, meaning a bloodless testimonial of what it means
to be a Christian. I’ve taken this title
as a question I ask myself as time passes, wondering,
contemplating, and pleading with our Lord to “Let me follow
I think at the dawn of the third Christian Millennium,
there are challenges we face, especially as seminarians -- the
lure of the world, with which we have been bombarded
through the mass media, and possible discouragement from the testimony
of the failures of priests, often accentuated, through the mass
What is the theme, or focus of your
My blog is intended to be a dialogue about life.
Rome for me is more than a way
point in my formation. It is a destination
from which I hope to come away different -- a
priest of Jesus Christ.
When I tell folks back home that
I’m in Rome, they always say, “Well isn’t
that a hard deal.” Living in the heart of Church
is a gift, and I hope to share the experiences,
the joys and the sorrows (just a few) with those
I’ve considered family within the Mystical Body, and those without.
I think it would really be an act
of selfishness to live like a hermit, cutting off contact
with the rest of the world when we have so
much to share.
What topics have your covered, and
what has been the blog’s impact so far?
Some of the
topics I have covered are the US and the embarrassment
I have felt at times because of things that have
happened there; the meaning of Quo Vadis; requesting
intentions for a prayer drive for a mountain climb, the
tallest in the Apennines; and the story of our quasi-summit.
starting this blog, within a month, I have received hits
from Russia, Saudi Arabia, England. (I have yet to receive
one from my native Korea). If this blog can help
others in some way -- if a photo or a
short message can brighten and enlighten someone’s day or life
-- all the better.
I hope to continue writing while I’m in Rome,
but I will let the Holy Spirit decide.
mention the TEDx conferences on the topic of Religious Freedom
that took place last month in Rome. Can
you tell us about these?
The TEDx event was the first
held so close to the Vatican with such a religious
focus. I attended the day of conferences. Various speakers from
different continents shared their message. It’s not an
everyday thing to see Gloria Estefan or a Princess of
Kuwait speak about their faith. You can find the conferences
on YouTube, or at www.tedxviadellaconciliazione.com or www.ted.com.