happiness

Pope Francis’ address to participants in the Congress for the Pastoral Care of Vocations in Europe

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I greet all of you taking part in this Congress intended to help implement the Synod of Bishops devoted to young people. I thank you for the work you are doing in your respective areas of service, and for your effort to meet and share your experiences. For my part, I would like to point out a few approaches particularly close to my heart. In my Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit, I encouraged young people to “grow in holiness and in commitment to their personal vocation” (No. 3). I likewise encourage you, who work in the so-called “old continent”, to believe that “everything Christ touches becomes young, new and full of life” (cf. ibid., 1).

The three approaches that I would indicate are: holiness, as a calling that gives meaning to one’s entire life journey; communion as the fertile soil for vocations in the Church and vocation itself, as a keyword to be preserved and “conjugated” with others – “happiness”, “freedom” and “together” – and finally “declined” as special consecration.

Happiness is within reach, if only we …

Mission work can be an eye-opening experience. Here, a volunteer shares his experience helping the mentally and physically disabled in Malacca. A youth feeding a resident of Happiness Centre for the mentally and physically disabled. Ian C.As our buses pulled over at a centre for the mentally-disabled, I wondered what it would be like meeting people who [...]

A homecoming for thousands as Novena Church reopens

Thousands throng Novena Church on Sept 29 as it celebrated its first Mass on its premises after three years. Photos: MICHAEL LIEWBy Christopher Khoo Novena Church aims to be a shrine and a home where “all can find peace and prayer, hope and healing, life and love”. So said rector Fr Peter Wee at the [...]

Coming up: conference on work and happiness

Do you sometimes feel as if you have lost the passion and joy for work? How do you find your true vocation in life?These are some of the questions that an upcoming conference hopes to address.The [email protected] 2015 Conference, organised by the Catholic Business Network (CBN), will be held at the Catholic Junior College Performing [...]

Prayers for Sabah earthquake victims

The Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission has issued prayers for possible use for the Day of National Remembrance for victims of the Sabah earthquake:The commission also offered additional Prayers of the Faithful for the families of the quake victims, that they may find “comfort”, “compassion” and “understanding”.Another prayer is “for those who are still grieving for the [...]

“Be Happy Always…”

SFX Bulletin, 14 December 2014 Is being happy “at all times” (1 Th.5:16) truly possible?  For many of us, it seems to be more a wishful dream than a real possibility.  To guard against becoming cynical over the elusiveness of happiness, we often resort to various self-made “happiness principles”.  For example, telling ourselves that some [...]

Being Godly People

SFX Bulletin, 17 August 2014: Every human being is made by God.  God unceasingly calls everyone – including non-Christians – into relationship with Him.  This unbreakable bond between the divine and the human opens the Catechism, “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God…God [...]

Saturated by Salvation!

SFX Bulletin, 13 July 2014: Over three Sundays starting from today, the gospel will be on God’s Kingdom which Jesus teaches through parables. Parables have been called “earthly stories with heavenly meaning”.  The word itself comes from the Greek “parabole”- a literary device used in Greek literature to inspire deeper thought and reflection.  As such, [...]