SINGAPORE - Photo shows Jesuit Father Colin Tan getting ready for a 21.1 km run on Dec 3. By participating, he raised S$5,227 for charity. This is what he says of the run:
"When I first signed up for the Dec 3 StanChart Marathon run, I was filled with anxiety about whether I had bitten more than I could chew. I was afraid that I might not finish the half marathon (21.1 km) as I had never ran that distance before.
"I had to convince myself that I could do it. One way that I could motivate myself was to run for a charitable cause and so I decided that I was going to donate the sponsorship money to Catholic Social and Community Council to help the poor and needy.
"I was glad that I had set myself a goal and to remind myself that I was not just running for my own glory. It was also to transcend my own selfish needs and to think of others who have less than myself. At least I wanted to let them know that they are not forgotten.
"Since I do not have any personal wealth, the least I could share with them for Advent is the gift of running and health and not to take them for granted.
"During the run, I said prayers of gratitude for the gift of life and reminded myself that I was running for God's glory and for the well being of others. In short, I wanted to be able to give of myself during this Advent more than to simply receive."
Please mail your 'My Advent Gift' envelopes directly to CSCC or drop it in your parish's offertory collection boxes.