FEBRUARY 14, 2010, Vol 60, No 03
However, the Church must recognise dissent within her own ranks and not accept it as being part of a balanced discussion, he said Feb 1 in an address to bishops who were making their “ad limina” visits.
The meeting with the bishops, who were at the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses, took place as Pope Benedict prepares to visit Great Britain in September.
THE SEASON OF Lent originated in the earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicate themselves to their baptismal promises, and when converts who are instructed in the faith are prepared for baptism.
LENT AS A 40-day season developed in the fourth century; Ash Wednesday was instituted to bring the number of fast days before Easter to 40, not including Sundays.
2. Don’t use the Lord’s name in vain, including texting “OMG” as a reminder of the third commandment to give rightful respect and dignity to God.
3. Surrender comfort vices as a lesson that we should draw strength and comfort from God alone instead of from alcohol, food, cigarettes, etc.
4. Drink coffee or tea without sugar as a reminder that life can be bitter without the sweetness of God.
SINGAPORE – Unless you attend Mass at either the parishes of the Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, Holy Family or Our Lady Star of the Sea, or attended any of the retreats he has conducted, you would probably find Father Ignatius Huan unfamiliar.
After all, Father Huan is ‘on loan’ from the Malaysia Church to the St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary as a spiritual director and lecturer to the seminarians for the benefit of the several Malaysian seminarians here.