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From The Heart of CNY 2019 The distribution of blessed oranges in bright cheerful red bags to Parishioners was made on 初一 (the First Day of the Lunar New Year) after both English and Mandarin Eucharistic Celebrations. Two days prior to this, eager volunteers had gathered to help the packing of 1,800 oranges. With everyone helping in the gusto of the community spirit, the exercise of packing oranges took only 30 to 45 minutes. There is no better way to celebrate 初一 with the Lord in mind and heart - parishioners came dressed in various shades of red and in their best. Each gave thanks to the Lord before the commencement of the visiting and feasting with relatives,
As we celebrate the Chinese New Year (CNY), let us give praise to God our Father, with a deep sense of thanksgiving in being reunited with the members of the extended family. Family gatherings are times to thank God for His manifold blessings. It is also a time to remember our forefathers and those who have passed on in our families. We thank God for all that He has provided yesterday, today and tomorrow. By Julianne Danielle Lim 8 Bible Verses to dwell on during this CNY Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or
Faith journaling is a gift for the long haul, to make your faith active. “Journaling is a pathway for joy & a powerful tool in the hands of love.” It could be a habit-based approach to your spiritual growth, to help you focus on what is God saying to you. How should one begin? There is no right or wrong way to start your journal. For a start, you may reflect on the following points and write them down on the first page of your journal: -Why do I want to keep a faith journal? -Have I ever had the slightest experience with Jesus? -Who is Jesus to me? Any other smaller steps towards keeping a Faith Journal?
“Restore to me the gladness of your salvation; uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51: 14 The Monastic Fathers have written extensively about the Noonday devil. It is called the Noonday devil because it comes when we are preparing to take a mid-day break from prayer and from our activity. It also comes when we let our guard down and become complacent - “Oh I have already done so much work. I deserve a break.” The spiritual term for this is Acedia. While generally translated as “Sloth”, a closer translation of the word, would be “Spiritual Apathy” or “Spiritual Weariness”. St. Thomas Aquinas has referenced St. John Damascene in defining this term, and calls it, “Weariness in the