MAY 27, 2018, Vol 68, No 11


By Msgr Philip Heng, SJ

Why is loving God so difficult and demanding? This question is far more complex than it appears and more so for those who are going through the painful challenges of life.

Loving God is difficult. What does this mean? Loving God is difficult if the love we have for ourselves is a self-centred love. Many of us are often in conflict between knowing how much to love God and how much we are to love ourselves, as we are often blinded by our self-centred love.

Such self-centred love often includes the narrow and preoccupied love we have for our family; making us oblivious to the needs outside our families (e.g. poor, needy, church building fund and the like).

Dear Buddhist friends,

On behalf of the Catholic community, we extend to all of you our heartfelt and warmest wishes as you celebrate your most sacred festival of Vesak, remembering the birth, enlightenment and final nirvana of Gautama Buddha.

Indeed, enlightenment is what the world needs so desperately today. Greed for power and possessions, whether in politics, business or even in religious institutions, has driven many to use unlawful means to achieve their goals, often at the expense of the poor and putting lives at risk, so much so, that the United Nations has designated Dec 9 as
International Anti-Corruption Day.

Pope Francis has said that the only way out of corruption is service – “Because corruption comes from pride and arrogance, and service is humbling.” (Morning Meditation, Domus Santae Marthae, June 16, 2014).
Moral theologian Fr David Garcia comments on the issue

IT SEEMS that prohibiting people of the same sex from getting married is a case of blatant, unjust discrimination. Clearly, homosexual persons can love each other just as much as heterosexual persons love people of the opposite sex, and if so, don’t they deserve the same right to marriage as anybody else?

Is it even conceivable that people who claim that all human beings are equal in dignity regardless of their religion, race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation, could deny homosexual couples their right to marriage?

All this presumes a premise that often goes unnoticed, namely, the assumption that the institution of marriage is a conventional, social construct.

Fr Terence Kesavan, the Christian Family and Social Movement (CFSM) spiritual director, was presented with a farewell gift as he is scheduled to go overseas for further studies.

Every worker is at his or her workplace for a unique and special purpose, said Mr Francis Mane, president of the Christian Family and Social Movement (CFSM).

Speaking during the celebration of the feast of St Joseph the Worker and the commemoration of Labour Day, Mr Mane said that Catholics are called to lead and be exemplary by showing kindness to their fellow workers.

With love, we can make great changes at our workplace, he added.

Members of the Neocatechumenal Way from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand pose for a photo at Tor Vergata, Rome.

By Andrew J. Wong

About 160 members of the Neocatechumenal Way from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand were in Rome to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movement with Pope Francis.

The Neocatechumenal Way guides Catholics in an itinerary of exploring the meaning of their baptism and learning to live according to its promises.

After the milestone celebration on May 5 at Tor Vergata, on the edge of Rome, some Singaporean members shared their experience.

Couples renew their marriage vows during the celebration on May 1.

More than a hundred couples together with several priests celebrated marriage and the priesthood at the Church of the Transfiguration on May 1.

Themed “Love Matters”, it was the third year that the celebration was jointly organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) and Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Singapore.

A hundred and thirty-one couples and 11 priests, together with their families and friends, attended the event, which also marked WWME’s 39th anniversary.

The crowd at the World Communications Day Mass held at the cathedral on May 13.

By Christopher Khoo

Fake news, lies and half-truths. These were the focus of the World Communications Day Mass held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on May 13.

“The Church recognises the role that mass media and communications, play in the life of each and every human person,” Fr John-Paul Tan said in his homily.

Just like any human creation, the mass media has the potential to do good or evil, he said at the annual Universal Church event which celebrates the achievements of the communications media and focuses on how it can best use them to promote Gospel values.