When my husband learned of the news that Cardinal Stephen Kim had passed away, he sent me a text message that we should go to Myeongdong Cathedral to pay homage. I wasn’t surprised eventhough my husband is a Buddhist. The Cardinal is a reverred man in Korea who touched millions of lives with his devotion to both the faithful and to those who do not have the same faith as him. He is so well-respected in this part of the world that even the leader of the dictatorial government he fought against payed him homage.
Outside Myeongdong Cathedral last Tuesday afternoon
Last Tuesday afternoon, right after my Korean language class at the Women’s Center, I decided to visit Myeongdong Cathedral. I wasn’t surprised of the long line outside the imposing building all the way to the main road and beyond. It was 1:30 PM and I thought that it might take me hours before I could go inside.
Wednesday came and after my guesting at tbs eFM’s Soul of Asia, I thought I’d try to go to Myeongdong Cathedral again. The line the day before paled in comparison to the snake-like queue that had reached even the main shopping area of Myeongdong. It wasn’t chaotic though. People weren’t pushing and they weren’t noisy at all. I could tell that they were silently praying and waiting in line to catch a glimpse of the great late Cardinal.
The line outside Sejong Hotel last Wednesday before noon