AUGUST 30, 2009, Vol 59, No 18

“When I look back on my 25 years as a priest, I reflect: I have the knowledge of philosophy, theology, Canon Law, liturgy, scripture, homiletics, pastoral field and of building the church. But if I were to speak without love and act without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing, then I am nothing at all.

Since my seminary days, I have been ambitious for the higher gifts. My motto is ‘love one another as I have loved you’. I have tried very hard to put it in practice. At times I succeed, at times I fail. Till this day, I am still trying and praying for God’s help. Please pray for me ...

As the world is lacking in love, let us be instruments of God’s love as Jesus himself commanded.”

– Father John Sim, writing in his Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee commemorative book.


Father John Sim celebrated 25 years of the priesthood recently. The parish priest at Church of the Risen Christ is well known as a church-builder (both the physical structure and the community), for having a special love for the old and sick, and for his desire to live as Jesus taught, that is, to “love one another as I have loved you”, writes Joyce Gan
In this continuing series on money we look at the global financial crisis, its causes and the response by the Church at the macro, ground and individual level.

The current global financial crisis is a concern for many—foreclosed homes, bankrupted businesses, fear of and actual job loss, and diminuution of investments and life savings,

The experts have their explanations on how and why it happened. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, describes it as "an accident waiting to happen" because of "the underpricing of risk worldwide." Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, sees the crisis as having its roots in the "savings glut" of Asia which has now led to a "global paradox of thrift." The Economist magazine follows a similar tack to blame it on "global imbalances - mainly, America's huge current-account deficit and China's huge surplus".
CHANGI Prison seems like an unlikely place for a great idea to sprout, and during war time too.

But that was where Australian philanthropist W T McDermott first suggested having a Boys' Town in Singapore, during chats with Brother Vincent of the Brothers of St Gabriel. Both were interned at Changi during the Japanese Occupation.

(Left) David Woon catechises his son Xavier through meaningful cartoons like Auto-B-Good. Photos provided by respective families

There are also parents who use the media to catechise their children. David Woon is one parent who believes “the best way to catechise kids is through the most powerful media of all – television”.
For 28 years, Ligaya Acosta was an avid promoter of contraceptives and sterilization with the department of health in the Philippines. Her life changed however, when she was designated as Program Manager for Natural Family Planning in early 2004, which led her to discover the deadly deception of contraceptives and the harm it is causing to numerous families. Now Executive director of Human Life International Asia Pacific, largest international, pro-life, pro-family, pro-woman organization in the world, and having completed a short speaking tour in Singapore she shares with Nick Chui her thoughts on promoting strong marriages.

Do contraceptives really harm marriages? Many people would think that they actually help marriages…