Recently D and I had celebrated our 10th anniversary. D and I had a vow renewal ceremony at church and just like 10 years ago, the mass was still the best part of the day.
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There were swaying palm trees, clear pools of tranquil waters, lush greenery. It was a gift from God to me: a sanctuary, an oasis in the desert for me to enjoy.
Although evangelisation is a core activity of the Catholic life, a lot of Catholics today don’t understand what it entails. Having been involved in Catholic evangelisation for a quarter of a century, I’ve encountered many evangelisation-related myths. There’s seven common ones you should definitely know, and how to bust them, too.
Like the merchant, the few years of my life involved looking for pearls of ever increasing value and beauty – friends and enjoyment, good academic grades and qualifications, money and possessions. At its heart was a search for happiness.
In a twinkle of an eye, 15 months have passed since I first visited Queen of Peace Church. A jovial friend invited me to the Christmas midnight mass. I stepped into the church, knowing nothing about the Catholic faith.
Our priests will be in their Annual Retreat during 3 - 7 July. Please pray for them!
Recently, I attended the TREASURE Young Adults Encounter retreat, where I took on the role of a small group facilitator. On the surface, it may seem like I sacrificed my weekends to help out, but in truth, I received so much from the Lord. The Holy Spirit was the one doing the hard work – raking away stubborn weeds and sowing seeds of truths in our hearts.
I was watching the outside roll past like in a movie scene and I thought: How beautiful, this Singapore. How impressive, how well-planned, how attractive… and yet, how impermanent, all of these.
You’re always hurt most by those closest to you. The sharpest knives are wielded by family, religious brothers, or intimate friends, for they have a particular access to our hearts that is born of the strength of the bond between us.
There is a great struggle that goes on inside people who are predisposed to righteousness. God, the bible tells us, is righteous. And because that is the case, we human beings who are made in his image and likeness, will find ourselves gravitating towards righteousness. Together with the call to holiness and sanctity and perfection, lies the call to be righteous as well. When this is insufficiently understood, it can become a great stumbling block for many people.