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In an unexpected twist of fate, Father Simon Lau reflects on a vocation that unfolded in ways he could never have foreseen. Born into a non-Catholic family, Fr Simon navigated a path from pursuing a degree in Fine Arts to ultimately answering God’s call to become a Catholic priest.
Fr Simon in his early days came from a Buddist background, spending his formative years in Penang before pursuing further studies in KL. Despite initial disinterest in academics, he obtained a degree in Fine Arts with aspirations of becoming a renowned artist upon graduation in 1995.
Despite these struggles, the call to the priesthood persisted. Trusting in God’s plan, Fr Simon had to let go of his pride, transition from a business man to a seminarian, and embrace a life of simplicity within a diverse community in the seminary. Contrary to initial fears of losing everything, God transformed Fr Simon’s life. Instead of forsaking his interests, God repurposed them to serve Him and lead others to Him. The journey also led to a broader family, including seminary brothers, brother priests and parishioners from across the country.
Recalling the biblical scene where Jesus entered Simon’s boat, urging him to cast his nets into the deep, Fr Simon invites us to consider allowing Jesus into our own boats.
Are we willing to venture into the deep, even if it seems daunting? Jesus promises that by trusting Him and following His call, they become fishers of men.
This article is based on: My Vocation Story by Fr Simon Lau (Republished in 2021)