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.
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”.
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