death

Preparing for the twilight years

SISTER LINDA LIZADA offers a few ideas on finding the balance in life’s journey


Sister Linda, pictured here in a file photo, said self-acceptance is key to living the twilight years meaningfully.

Jared Ng

Growing old can be the most difficult phase of life a person has to come to terms with.

Have I lived life to the fullest? Have I accomplished enough? Did I achieve my goals? Have I been able to leave my legacy behind? Should the answer to these questions be a shrug of the shoulders or a plain and simple “no”, then finding purpose in the latter stages of life may prove challenging.

So how can we meaningfully live the last years of our lives? “It’s all about perspective,” said Cenacle Sister Linda Lizada.

“How can Jesus love me after everything I’ve done?”

Sister tells the story of Sr Gerard Fernandez’s journey with one of the wives of self-styled medium Adrian Lim as she was on death row. The filmlet features hope and redemption even in the midst of despair and sorrow.Jeanne TaiIn Chai Yee Wei’s short film Sister, there is a scene where death row inmate Catherine [...]

Giving hope, love to those on death row

André Ahchak and Jared NgDuring the seven years Sister Gerard Fernandez spent counselling and journeying with Catherine Tan in death row, “God was always right by our side … Listening, loving and forgiving.” “Christ was so present in that prison,” recalled the Good Shepherd Sister (RGS), who turns 81 in February.The nun met Catherine and [...]

Reflection: Prayers to help the departed seek eternal life

Fr Ignatius Yeo It has become quite common practice for Catholics to display flowers or candles to remember their loved ones who have passed on. This gesture is done almost instinctively to honour their memory and perhaps even as a way of offering a prayer for them. It is expected for all to want to [...]

Learning about “death” in Judaism, Islam, Christianity

Speakers at the interreligious dialogue session on “death”. From left: Rabbi Mordechai Abergel, Mr Gerald Kong (moderator), Ustazah Lina Sakina bte Salim and Sister Theresa Seow.Christopher Khoo Jews believe in reincarnation. Muslims believe that the prayers of a “righteous child” can spiritually benefit a deceased parent. Christians believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection opened up [...]

So, how can we live forever…

Archbishop William Goh’s thoughts on this subject throws some interesting insights on how we should search ourselves in the way we lead our lives and therein lies the answer Learning about faith: Neophytes from various districts listen to Archbishop Goh speaking on the topic, Body of Christ, at the Church of the Holy Trinity.No one [...]

Archbishop’s Easter message: A resurrected Church

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! This is the Good News that the Church proclaims to all of humanity. The resurrection is the foundation of Christian joy and Christian hope. With the resurrection of Jesus, we know that He is truly Lord and saviour of the world. With the resurrection, [...]

Understanding ‘death’ in various faith traditions

Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Taoist representatives speak on the topic      Speakers (from left): Mr Anand Chandrasekar, Venerable You Guang, Master Chung Kwang Tong, Ustaz Zulhilmi Mohamed and Jesuit Msgr Philip Heng.By Christopher KhooHow do some of the major religions view death? This was what an interfaith sharing session aimed to find out.Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, [...]

Archbishop’s Easter message

My dear brothers and sisters,The peace of the Risen Lord be with you! Peace is the first gift of Easter which the Lord imparted to His disciples. Peace comes from the victory of Christ over sin and death. With His resurrection, we know for certain that everything has been overcome and conquered. Evil is not [...]

Questions on the Faith: About cremation

Q: During Bible Study, we discussed what our resurrected bodies would look like and this led to the subject of Catholic burial. Some of us do not understand the Catholic Church’s stand that the cremated ashes of a Catholic can only be kept or deposited on holy ground which today means in a church columbarium. [...]