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
In the gospel, we read, “Jesus made his way through towns and villages preaching, and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God.” Indeed, this is our calling in life as Christians, which is to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom in words and in deeds.
Who are we? What are we called to be? What is our real calling in life? These by far are the most important questions in parenting.
Fifty years is a long time in a person’s life, although short when compared to the history of civilization! The Catholic Church is more than 2000 years old! So, what was Singapore like 50 years ago?
How does God take vengeance on us for the sins that humanity have committed against Him and against their fellowmen?
“Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say: Father, save me from this hour? But it is for this very reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” “A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again’.”
“Thus says the Lord: Now I create a new heaven and a new earth, and the past will not be remembered, and will come no more to men’s minds.” Indeed, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth.