When was the last time you had fun? Name the occasion.
I had fun when we played Pinoy Henyo (Filipino Genius) as a community for our Christmas party in December. (Pinoy Henyo is a word-guessing game on noon-time television in the Philippines).
Name an occasion you felt embarrassed/humbled.
I was looking down at my purse while exiting the MRT station. Without noticing what was infront of me, I bumped into the glass door with a ‘boink!’ I just stood there and felt so embarrassed while others walked pass me through the other opened door.
Name an occasion when you felt God was far away.
When I fell sick while travelling alone in Sagada, Philippines.
What do you like best about being a Religious?
The joy of learning to be available to different persons and for different things.
What are the usual distractions during your prayer time? What do you do about them?
Thoughts about what I’d be doing after prayer – plans for the day or the ministry ahead, etc. I’d notice these thoughts and the feelings they may evoke in me. Sometimes, when I observe any strong feelings in those thoughts (eg. joy, fear or anxiety), I would also bring them into my prayer.
Pope Francis calls for a church of the poor, for the poor. How do you live that within your vocation?
I learn to live simply and to share what I may have with sisters in the community and with others (eg. the use of gadgets/resources, the ability to tinker with computers, etc).
Favourite book or author?
Henri Nouwen. His writings have helped me in growing to know and relate with myself, others and God better.
I enjoy food generally. I like Hokkien mee and pasta.
What do you normally do to relax?
I listen to music, watch a movie/television programme, read, or go out for a walk/jog.
What do you usually do when with your biological family?
We go out for meals or we go for a short vacation together.
Singaporean Sr Xiaowei Lee
Assigned to Manila and Macau
Religious of the Cenacle