DECEMBER 6, 2009, Vol59, No25

I WAS PLEASED to see an article on China by my confrere, Father Jeroom Heyndrickx, CICM, published in CN Nov 22 (Opinion, page 21). But I was totally flabbergasted when I saw the heading, "Chinese bishop who joined Patriotic Church deserves our respect".
WHAT FOLLOWS IS probably a superfluous review – insofar as New Moon is already being hailed as the fastest and vastest pre-booking movie event of all time. Since the four novels by Stephanie Meyer have sold gazillions of copies, the market of teenage girls (and, so we are informed, of 40-something mothers) is at the ready. The first film Twilight was such a success that it was an instant cult movie. A year later, New Moon. And only a wait of seven months before the next sequel arrives, June 2010, Eclipse (and for the astronomically minded, the fourth novel is called Breaking Dawn).
AT FIRST GLANCE, the title, “The Smart Way of Loving” by Father Henry Siew seemed a little strange to me for a book on marriage. You can be smart about handling your boss or managing your subordinates, but to be smart about dealings with your spouse sounded a bit too business-like for me.

However, as I read on, it became clear the author was using real-life examples of couples to tell us the pitfalls in a spousal relationship and how we can be smart about it and avoid them in order to have a loving, growing relationship with our spouse.
After years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, a mother has discovered firsthand the joy of adoption. Joyce Gan explores how Andrea’s experiences brought her to help other parents answer the difficult question: "What about adoption?"

* All names have been changed.

ONCE UPON A TIME, Andrea was a successful marketing manager for an MNC. She loved her job and her husband John, a successful man.

Father Paul Goh is an advocate of personal development. At age 71, he enjoys learning to use his iPhone to send text messages, and surfs the Internet with his iMac. Daniel Tay meets the priest who knows a little about everything.

FATHER PAUL GOH has always been curious. It is this innate curiosity that drives him to learn new things every day.