One of the founders of a famous Korean conglomerate left behind after he died 24 questions about religion that made the news last year. After seeing the questions, the founder of the YUDO Group decided to write a book answering the questions. He spent seven months writing the book, which was recently published. He wanted to answer the questions from his own life experience. The response was his answer in gratitude to Catholicism for all it has done for him in life.
Peace Weekly interviewed the YUDO president, who is a
fourth-generation Catholic. As a child he always dreamed of being a
priest. He spent 14 years preparing to be a priest and had no
difficulties with studies, health or women, but was told before the
diaconate that he was not suited for the priesthood. He was bright but
too much of a free spirit, and after much thought the faculty thought he
would be happier in society than living as a priest.
a while, he found it difficult to come to terms with the dismissal from
the seminary. His hometown acquaintances rented a bus and went to see
the bishop to remonstrate, he says laughing. Fortunately, with time he
accepted the dismissal serenely. Out on the streets and thinking about
how he was to make a living, he even considered selling lighters. It
was at this time that he heard in his head the words 'sanctity in the
world'. This began the journey to the CEO of the YUDO Group.
building of the company, he says, was accompanied with a lot of tears
and frustration. The name of the company is a combination of his own
surname, Yu, and the word Do meaning 'way'. The way is Jesus from John
14:6. God is in charge with 51 percent of the responsibility, but the
reason that Yu precedes the Do is that if the company fails, he takes
responsibility, and he will take to the streets.
has made clear to his family what he wants on his tombstone. "Here lies
an artistic salesperson who was in search of sanctity." When later
generations happen by his tomb stone, he hopes they will have only nice
things to say about his life. He spent 14 years studying for the
priesthood and 38 running a company; they were beautiful years, he
says, and he is full of gratitude. He wants to thank God for what he has
received, and to live his life so that those who pass his stone will
have a reason to give a kind nod of approval for the life he lived.
Yu has been very good with his
material goods in helping others. 15 percent of the profits go back to
the workers, and he has also been very generous with his money
in helping the poor in society, students, and retired priests. He is a
good example of not letting a reversal in life change the ideal he once
had, only the way the ideal was to be realized.