APRIL 24, 2011, Vol 61, No 8
Fr L Danion, who served the Church in Asia, including Singapore and Malaysia, for 54 years, has passed away in France.
The French priest was born in August 1914 and joined the Paris Foreign Missions Society (MEP) in 1932.
He was ordained in June 1938 and sent to Chongqing, China, where he served until July 1952 when he was expelled by the Communist regime.
He then came as a missionary to Singapore and Malaysia in 1953. He served until 1992 in the East Coast parishes of Singapore, and in Kluang, Cameron Highlands and Malacca in Malaysia.
Fr Danion then returned to France after decades of service in Asia.
He died on Dec 7, 2010, at the age of 96.
(From left) Auxilliary Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Kham and Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City, together with Fr Louis Nguyen Anh Tuan from the city’s Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, were in Singapore in early April. They visited Catholic migrant workers here and also met up with Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, non-resident Pontifical Representative for Vietnam, and Archbishop Nicholas Chia.
JESUS died, was buried and rose again to new life. It is a historical fact that the risen Jesus radiated His new life in all its power and glory wherever He went and to whomever He appeared.
The disciples to whom He appeared were suddenly transformed from a band of despairing men into a brigade of daring missionaries.
Everywhere they preached the Good News of Christ’s resurrection! The power of Easter began to work in people’s lives: despair gave way to hope; darkness gave way to light; hatred gave way to love, and sorrow gave way to joy. Christianity was born!
Over 2,000 years later, living in an age dominated by science, sophisticated technology and secular thinking, we may ask ourselves whether Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is still relevant.
Since the beginning of time, God has provided for our every need through creation. We could say that from God, we received the sacred gift of the dance of the universe – one that sang of harmonious relationships among all creatures.
In the language of science, we call this ecology. From the Greek oikos, the word eco means “house” or “home”. Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with their environments, in their one big home, Earth.
Life on Earth is made up of ecosystems of all shapes and sizes. These are complex webs of interconnected relationships. Any area that supports a population of living things – from a puddle of water to the Pacific Ocean, from our tiny Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to the Earth and the entire universe – is an ecosystem.
Life on our planet is about the movement of energy that flows in cyclic patterns of producing nutrients, consuming and decomposing, only to support life again and again. How do we know this? Take a look at what scientists call the food chain. Not only are its components interlinked, they are constantly “cycling”.
In her daily life, she says she wants to be more forgiving, bring joy to others, lend others a listening ear and see Christ in others despite conflict.