FEBRUARY 4, 2018, Vol 68, No 03

When God Has Other Plans For You

By Wendy Tan

My world fell apart 15 years ago when I found out that my husband was having an affair and had fathered a child with this woman. It felt as though a sword had pierced through my heart and whatever trust I had in him was destroyed.

But deep down inside, I believe that a marriage is meant to last forever and I was sure there was a way to salvage ours. Our son was only three years old then and I couldn’t imagine putting him through the ordeal of a divorce.

So we stayed together for another seven years trying to make things work. But the conflicting feelings of anger, injustice and grief festered within me. While I doubled my efforts to be a better wife and mother, at the back of my mind I was always questioning: “Why me, God? Why did this have to happen to me?”
The bishops of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei discuss upcoming trip to visit pope and major Vatican offices

Participants at the bishops’ conference meeting. Seated from left: Archbishop Simon Poh (Kuching), Archbishop William Goh (Singapore), Bishop Sebastian Francis (Penang), Archbishop Joseph Marino (Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia), Archbishop Julian Leow (Kuala Lumpur) and Archbishop John Wong (Kota Kinabalu).
Standing from left: Sr Margarete Sta Maria (executive secretary), Bishop Cornelius Sim (Brunei), Bishop Cornelius Piong (Keningau), Bishop Richard Ng (Miri), Bishop Joseph Hii (Sibu), Bishop Bernard Paul (Melaka-Johor) and Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom (Sandakan).

By Vincent D’Silva

“You are going to Rome to see Peter, to share the experiences of the Gospel in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei with the Holy Father.”

So said Archbishop Joseph Marino, the Vatican’s envoy to Malaysia and Apostolic Delegate to Brunei, to the region’s bishops as he opened their bi-annual meeting.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (CBCMSB) were meeting at the Majodi Centre in Plentong, Johor Bahru, from Jan 8-12.

A teacher assists a Hai Sing Catholic School student with lighting a candle on the first day of school.

Hai Sing Catholic School traditionally begins each school year with three activities that seek to bring students and staff of all faiths together.

These are the Staff Mission Seminar, the school opening, and the Student Mission Seminar.

On Dec 29, school staff visited the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) House of Prayer and Formation at Holland Road for the Staff Mission seminar.

Young people praising God at the JY AGAPE EVE event.

It was an evening of music and praise for about 140 young people as they prayed and sang during the JY AGAPE EVE event on Jan 20.

The event, organised by Jesus Youth Singapore, was held at the Agape Village. It aimed to bring God’s love to young people as a band led them into a time of prayer with Christian songs ranging from pop to rock.

The audience was also invited to dance to some songs.