Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Catherine and Joseph: A Wedding Portrait (excerpt)



A Catholic Love Story in Communist China


by Theresa Marie Moreau
First published in The Remnant Newspaper,
March and April 2007


Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods drown it. – Song of Songs 8:7

Joseph Ho stooped over his anesthetized patient lying on the operating table, belly up, a crimson-colored abdomen crimped open with hemostats dangling from pinched flesh.
On staff at Regional Administrative Hospital in southwest China, Joseph, a top surgeon at the age of 25, had been on call the night of July 4, 1960, when he had to perform the emergency surgery. That was to be his final night at the hospital, but he didn’t know it, yet.
Just as he located the intestinal blockage in his patient and was preparing to slice away the life-threatening section, Joseph heard the doors of the second-floor operating room slam open behind him.
“Stop the operation,” ordered the hospital superintendent as he entered, followed by two plainclothes officers, cadres from the Public Security Bureau.
Joseph, with scalpel in hand and a bit stunned from the sudden intrusion, looked up and stood back from his patient.
“Take off your gown, and follow these two men to the Public Security Bureau,” the hospital superintendent ordered.
Joseph had no choice. He had to surrender his patient, mid-surgery, to his first and second assistants, who scrambled to take care of the emergency and telephone for a backup surgeon to finish the operation. He put down his surgical instruments, and as soon as he had untied his face mask and removed his bloody gloves and gown, the two cadres pulled his arms behind his back, handcuffed him and led him away.

勞改營中天主兒女的「愛情故事」 (excerpt)


勞改營中
天主兒女的「愛情故事」
Theresa Marie Moreau
黃崇文

  「洪流不能熄滅愛情,江河不能將它沖去」(雅歌八:7
  何若瑟彎著腰,面向著躺在手術床上已經麻醉了的病人。病人的肚皮向上,在那深紅色劃開的肚子皺起的肌肉上,挾著一把止血鉗子。
  一九六○年七月四日夜晚,何若瑟被叫去作急救手術。他是一位傑出的外科醫生,僅二十五歲,在中國南部一家地區醫院工作。這是他在那醫院的最後一晚,但他自己一無所知。
  他正好找出病人腸子裡的病源,準備切除這段危急生命的腸節時,聽到在他後面那二樓手術室的門砰地被猛推開。
  「停下手術」。醫院主管下令,在他後面跟著兩名公安局的便衣警察。
  若瑟,手握著手術刀,被這突如其來的干擾,愣了一下,下了手術台。
  「脫下你的白袍,跟那倆人到公安局去」。主管用命令的口氣說。若瑟無可奈何,只得把病人交給他的一級、二級助手,他們倉促地接受這任務,立刻打電話呼求後備手術醫生來接應這手術。若瑟放下他的手術用具。當他解下面罩,脫去血淋淋的手套和白袍時,這倆位公安局幹部立刻將他的手臂折向背後,扣上反銬,將他帶走。
  不一會,吉普車載他到公安局,站在倆個審訊員面前。「我們現在在哪裡?」其中一位問他。
  「在公安局」。若瑟回答。
  「我們在裡做什麼?」他們問。
  「逮捕人」。他回答。