What is the cause of rejoicing that seems to break the somber mood of the season of Lent? What is the cause of rejoicing as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the installation of our Holy Father? What these two celebrations have in common is that both share the same message of giving hope to a broken humanity that is searching for peace, mercy and compassion. Both these celebrations proclaim in a nutshell, the joy of the gospel. Both proclaim the gospel of hope, forgiveness and mercy.
We must continue the path of fraternal communion, sharing in the one faith, one baptism and one Lord, walking with courage and determination towards an ever fuller unity. This journey of course requires us to listen to the common Spirit given to us at baptism and our Lord’s call to unity. We must root all initiatives in Christ, through dialogue, collaboration and in prayer.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. It is important that we celebrate these apparitions in the mind of the Church. Right from the outset, we must be clear that the main purpose of our celebration is not the apparitions themselves, but the message Our Lady has for us. Otherwise such pious celebrations can turn into superstition and also encourage a wrong attitude towards the Catholic Faith, especially for those who have a penchant for visions and apparitions.
We have the inauguration of the mission of Jesus when He described His ministry, citing from the prophecy of Isaiah. He is called to proclaim the Good News to the poor in all its dimensions. So right from the outset, it is clear that the gospel is Good News only because it proclaims the mercy of God for humanity through the forgiveness of sins and the restoration of a wounded and broken humanity suffering from injustices, hurts, bondages, blindness and weariness in the struggles and trials of daily life.
100 years is indeed a long time. It is a century old! We have just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence. So it is truly amazing that the history of Montfort School is twice the age of the republic of Singapore! Indeed, we can consider ourselves very fortunate to be witnesses
Today, we come to celebrate the conclusion of the Year of Mary, Mother of the New Evangelization. Yet, coming to the end of this year of dedication of the New Evangelization to Mary does not mark the end of our consecration to Mary the work of the New Evangelization