NOVEMBER 25, 2018, Vol 68, No 24

10 CN24 2018
pray reflect listen

Msgr Philip Heng, SJ

How we live our lives and what happens to us does affect others. As parents in particular, the quality of our lives affects our children. If we are a close-knit family where there is much love and respect for one another, our children will likely grow up to be wholesome persons; more so if they experience the love of the family within the Catholic ambience of the home.

However, if there is much dissension, division and desolation between parents, children will absorb the pain and suffering their parents are going through. They are young, vulnerable and fragile emotionally. The hurts and woundedness of their parents’ painful relationship will permeate their hearts, and they will become insecure, angry and confused about life.
A Rohingya woman works as a tailor in the refugee camp.

Jared Ng

When the Rohingya crisis made headlines in August last year with reports of some 700,000 refugees fleeing Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh because of a deadly military crackdown, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) swung into action.

Their first task was to make people understand the issues facing the refugees. They organised an exhibition at the Church of St Ignatius to create awareness of the crisis and to pray for a quick resolution.
soil plant seed
Students ploughing the soil in the vegetable garden.

Walking through Hai Sing Catholic School, one can’t help but notice a simple vegetable garden with the students all hands-on at the plot.

This garden is part of the school’s green efforts and to also build the character and faith of its Catholic students. After all, St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), the congregation which founded the school in 1959, was one who cared about the environment and wildlife.

Hence, the garden is an initiative to remind students that, like seeds which are planted, their faith journey takes time to grow and they need to constantly nourish themselves with the Word of God and the sacraments.