DECEMBER 29, 2013, Vol 63, No 26
The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary nuns recently moved into their brand new Maris Stella Convent located on the site of their old building on Holland Road. The nuns had to put up with termites and leaky roofs in their former centuryold building. A blessing ceremony for the new convent is scheduled for Jan 6.
Advent is a season of Hope. This hope is now realized in the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ Jesus, we receive new hope in a world that is dark and gloomy; unsure of its future because of growing secularism, relativism, materialism and ethical indifference. When we look at the world with marriage being redefined, family life breaking down, divorces rising and faith in God decreasing, we cannot but be bewildered at what will happen to the next generation. Lest we think that darkness has overcome the light, the gospel tells us differently. The prophet Isaiah said, “The people that walked in darkness has seen a great light; on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone.” (Isa 9:1).
Jesus indeed is the Light of the World. The encyclical written by Pope Emeritus Benedict and completed by Pope Francis, “Lumen Fidei”, speaks of the light of faith that gives hope to a hopeless and confused world that has lost its direction, and humanity unsure of its identity and purpose in life. St John reiterated this when he wrote, “All that came to be had life in him and that life was the light of men, a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower.” (Jn 1:4-5) Indeed, “The Word was the true light that enlightens all men; and he was coming into the world.” (Jn 1:9) He is the radiant light of God's glory and the perfect copy of his nature.” (Heb 1:3)
Most of the group members were from the Church of Christ the King, Church of the Divine Mercy, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School (Secondary) and CHIJ Katong Convent.
But amidst the music and readings for Advent, held at St Joseph’s Church (Victoria St) on Dec 15, a sombre note was struck as the audience observed a minute of silence for the late Nelson Mandela.