... says Archbishop William Goh at the World Day for Consecrated Life Mass
Representatives from various Religious orders making their way to the altar to offer up candles.Representatives from various Religious orders making their way to the altar to offer up candles.Religious “are not holy robots” as they too make mistakes, said Archbishop William Goh during a special Mass for Religious
and lay consecrated people on Feb 2.

But even though many in the world “harbour a lot of unforgiveness in their hearts,” Archbishop Goh said, “the beauty about Religious life” is that “we are willing to forgive”.

He was speaking to a crowd that included more than 200 Religious gathered at the Church of the Holy Trinity to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life.
 
Two Religious and a lay consecrated person gave sharings.

Canossian Sr Christina Yeo  spoke about her experience prior to becoming a nun. She shared that life became more fulfilling when she became a “Sister teacher”.
Giving their sharings during the Mass (from left): Canossian Sr Christina Yeo, La Salle Br Collin Wee and Ms Ebba Fernandez.Giving their sharings during the Mass (from left): Canossian Sr Christina Yeo, La Salle Br Collin Wee and Ms Ebba Fernandez.

Sr Christina is a former Catholic Junior College teacher and has a sister who is also a nun.

La Salle Br Collin Wee was next to give his sharing.

He said that those on the path to becoming consecrated persons, should not “give up when things get hard”. He added that all Religious should be able to adopt “a new and fresh way” of reaching out to the younger generation.

The last sharing was by Ms Ebba Fernandez, a lay consecrated person who is a member of the Company of St Ursula: Secular Institute of St Angela Merici, Singapore.

She shared that even though she had a calling to serve the Lord, she felt frustrated as she could “not fit in” to Religious life. However, a Jesuit priest directed her to the secular institute.

Similar to the Religious, Ms Fernandez shared that she took the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

“There’re so many men and women who have this great love of Jesus... I celebrate it with the greatest joy,” she said.

By Lorna O’Hara
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