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Finding God in Work and School

At this stage of my youth, my heart grows restless at the thought of the mundane working life that approaches me. In my head, I would envision stepping into the working world as being parallel to running a long marathon race, a race with an unknown yet daunting distance to be covered. The finishing line of the race would be [...]

By |2020-09-18T03:14:46+00:00September 18th, 2020|Faith Formation, Youth and Young Adults|Comments Off on Finding God in Work and School

The Community as Centre

In the Scripture text where Peter says to Jesus who is walking on the water, "Lord, if it is you, bid me, come to you on the water." (Matthew 14: 28) and Jesus calls out to him. Things go swimmingly well, Peter defies gravity and the laws of Physics and begins to walk on water like Jesus did. However, we [...]

By |2020-09-18T03:51:03+00:00September 18th, 2020|Faith Formation|Comments Off on The Community as Centre

Liturgical Reflection for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) – 20th September 2020

“Life is not fair!” How often do we lament these words verbally or in the silence of our hearts? How frequently do we hear this statement made by others as well? When one reads the parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard (Mt 20:1-16) using the logic of labour’s market, one is likely to feel the sense of injustice for [...]

By |2020-09-18T03:13:49+00:00September 18th, 2020|Faith Formation, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) – 20th September 2020

A Fasting Community

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Prayer is both a gift of grace and a determined response on our part. It always presupposes effort. The great figures of prayer of the Old Covenant before Christ, as well as the Mother of God, the saints, and he himself, all teach us this: prayer is a battle. Against whom? Against [...]

By |2020-09-11T01:45:45+00:00September 11th, 2020|Faith Formation|Comments Off on A Fasting Community

Liturgical Reflection for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) – 13 Sep 2020

We all want to be liked, loved, be well received and respected by others. However, if we harbour grudges and want to exact revenge, can we be the person who glorifies our Father? The first reading is a timely reminder of the main ingredients found in sin – pride, resentment and anger. We must not allow anger to seethe and overtake [...]

By |2020-09-11T01:44:52+00:00September 11th, 2020|Faith Formation, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) – 13 Sep 2020

Bold New Frontiers for CSM Feast Day 2020

"Covid-19 has revealed the flaws of the Catholic Church in Singapore when all physical gathering or activity was put on hold. We must not go back to before Covid-19 times but to ask the Lord to help us to keep moving, towards constant renewal for our Catholic Church to reach out to more people, especially the youths and young adults [...]

By |2020-09-03T23:07:49+00:00September 3rd, 2020|Faith Formation|Comments Off on Bold New Frontiers for CSM Feast Day 2020

Finding God as a Community

There comes a time and a season when the community is called to gather as one and to prayerfully discern and to decide together the next steps or the new paths to forge. This discernment has to do with the operational every-day things such as leadership roles, the running of the community, the works and the direction those works will [...]

By |2020-09-03T23:06:07+00:00September 3rd, 2020|Faith Formation|Comments Off on Finding God as a Community

Liturgical Reflection for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

In today’s Gospel, the reflection is centered on Matthew 16:24. “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Jesus is preaching about the conditions of discipleship - to become his follower or disciple. A terse and precise command to emulate the perfect model but never an [...]

By |2020-08-28T01:30:19+00:00August 28th, 2020|Faith Formation, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Building Community in an Age of Hyper-Reality

Jean Baudrillard (1929 – 2007) was a French Sociologist and Cultural Theorist who critiqued the workings of Modern Society. For him, modern societies are organised around the production and consumption of commodities, while postmodern societies are organised around simulation and the play of images and signs, denoting a situation in which codes, models, and signs are the organising forms of [...]

By |2020-08-28T02:27:36+00:00August 28th, 2020|Faith Formation|Comments Off on Building Community in an Age of Hyper-Reality

How Do We Experience Community Through Zoom Breakout Sessions?

Our reluctance to trust new experiences and discoveries with our Lord, but the joy that follows when we do. New Creation The breakthrough in the use of technology came at the start of Singapore’s Circuit Breaker (CB) on 7 Apr 20 when we were all forced to find new ways. It was not possible to tell at that time how [...]

By |2020-08-28T04:14:59+00:00August 28th, 2020|Faith Formation|Comments Off on How Do We Experience Community Through Zoom Breakout Sessions?