DECEMBER 25, 2011, Vol 61, No 26

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In the countryside, the angels appeared to the Shepherds during the night and said, “Do not be afraid. Listen, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people...” (Luke 2:10)

It is with great joy that we welcome Jesus into our homes and hearts this Christmas. God’s greatest gift, our Lord Jesus, is a gift to be shared. How can we share Jesus with others? By putting God first in our lives each day and connecting our Catholic faith to our every-day thoughts, words and actions.

Jesus is God’s word made flesh, but God speaks to us also through His Creation, the Earth in which we live.

St Francis had recognised nature as God’s beautiful book, which speaks to us of God’s goodness. Human beings are connected to nature, and in showing respect for our environment, we are also showing respect for human life and God himself.

Try putting yourself in the shoes of these women. Do you think you could share your room with a stranger, sleep less than seven hours a day, or work while sick? As Catholic employers, we can make a difference.

Foreign Domestic Workers Day was celebrated on Dec 4 to pay tribute to more than 200,000 women for their contributions to our society. Organised by the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Skills Training (FAST) and non governmental organisations like the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI), the event was held at the Singapore Polytechnic and saw several thousand maids and their employers celebrating together. In this article, ACMI gives Catholic employers of maids some food for thought.
Ken Bevel and Ben Davies star in Courageous, a movie coming to Singapore.

SINGAPORE – The Archdiocese Communications Office and Family Life Society have joined with Campus Crusade Media, Focus on the Family and Cathay cinemas to screen a movie on fatherhood.

Courageous is the story of four law enforcement officers who face a challenge that none of them are fully prepared to tackle: being a father.

The movie addresses the important role a father plays in a family and the challenges fathers face when trying to raise their children in a way consistent with their faith.

The movie has been a box office success in the US.
Mr Mike McCormack had asked for letters to the CatholicNews (CN, Dec 18), so I shall take up the offer.

I am of the view that Mr McCormack has misinterpreted the nuncio’s call for the local Church to be more vocal as an invitation to debate on Church matters.

On the contrary, in his frank assessment of our circumstances, the nuncio commented that we seemed to have lost our ground by not being more proactive and effective in promoting Gospel values in an increasingly secularised Singapore, where religions and their values are commonly relegated to a cramped, hardly visible corner at the table of public discourse, if at all.

I welcome the nuncio’s challenge for us, as a Church, to be more involved, visible and united in living and seeding Gospel values in our social, economic and political establishments, and to do so in creative ways so as to be God’s leaven in our society.