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.
In his Lenten message, Pope Francis invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration in the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative. This year's theme is inspired by the words of Psalm 130:4, “With you is forgiveness”. Our mother Church, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd will [...]
HOMECOMING - A LENTEN SOJOURN From Complacency to Love "Lent is a beneficial time of pruning from falsity, from worldliness, from indifference: to not think that everything is ok if I am ok; to understand that what counts is not approval, the pursuit of success or consensus, but purity of heart and life. It's a [...]
Penance offers us a unique opportunity to grow in our Christian life by taking up our cross and “dying to sin”. Penance is not a method or means toward self-perfection, but rather a joyful response to the gift of God’s life.
The crucifix reminds us of the indispensable fact that we have been bought with a price, once for all. Christ has died for our sins. It is finished. But the crucifix is not only a sign of His death; it also a sign of the Life won by His death. It is a sign of sacrifice for it proclaims the severe price that Christ paid for us; but it is also a sign of hope for it proclaims that we have indeed been bought.
I'm giving up on myself this Lent. This is in response to the question that we're most likely asked during this part of the Church's liturgical year: "What are you GIVING UP for Lent this year?"
Most, if not many of us have a CPF (Central Provident Fund) Account from which we can withdraw to buy a house, make investments or pay medical bills. But what about our Spiritual CPF Account? Yes, our Compassion, Prayer and Fasting Account!