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How is God calling me to journey through life?

Spiritual direction can be the answer to this and other questions. Father Matthew Linn shares

Jesuit Father Matthew Linn says it is all the more imperative for people to seek spiritual direction in a world that moves so fast.

Jared Ng

As we are about to begin the interview, Father Matthew Linn quickly realises he forgot his hearing aid. “Can’t hear a word without them,” he quips.

At the ripe old age of 76, the spirited Jesuit still retains a sense of wittiness to go along with the wisdom accumulated over the many years. This combination of wit and wisdom is perhaps the reason why people all over the world look forward to his inputs on spiritual direction at symposiums and retreats.

For 30 years, Fr Matthew has been travelling across the globe to conduct talks and sessions on what spiritual direction is and its significance. He also teaches and trains spiritual directors.

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.

Franciscan deacon feels call to serve poor, work for justice

Friar Aiden Peter ordaination as deacon-363
Franciscan Friar Aiden Peter at his diaconal ordination Mass. Photo: VITA Images

Bernadette Lee

“You are here not to be served, but to serve.”

This was the message Archbishop William Goh gave to Franciscan Friar Aiden Peter at his diaconal ordination Mass.

The Feb 3 ceremony at the Church of St Mary of the Angels marked the final stage of Deacon Aiden’s preparations for priestly ordination.

Archbishop Goh reminded the friar that as a “minister of the Gospel, he has to show himself “chaste and beyond reproach in his actions” and to bring the message of hope to those who need to hear the voice of God.

“If it doesn’t spark joy, remove it from your life”

Is it good to apply this to all aspects of our lives, asks FR LUKE FONG. There is a current wave of interest and popularity, thanks in part to both Netflix and social media, in the philosophy of Marie Kondo, an “organising consultant and author”. This demure 34-year-old Japanese lady has her own Netflix TV [...]

Symposium on divorce, separation, annulment

Can divorced Catholics receive Holy Communion? How should one relate to a brother or sister in Christ who has undergone, or is going through, the pain of divorce?To help the Catholic community have a better understanding of the Church’s teachings on marriage, divorce, separation and annulment, the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) is organising [...]

Bringing out the best in each young person

Archbishop William Goh with the newly commissioned principals (from left): Ms Pauline Fun, Mdm Rachel Ang, Ms Ow Yang Jing Yi, Mrs Karen Tan, Mdm Rebecca Ng, Ms Loh Sing Huay and Mr Martin Tan. Photo: VITA ImagesPatricia AngCatholic educators should be proud of themselves if they are able to transform the lives of students, [...]

New Year: Putting on new perspectives

As we begin the new year, I am sure many of us would ask this basic question, “What will this year be like? Will it be any different from last year or the previous years?” Most, if not all of us, would hope for a “better” year, whether that means one that moves us closer [...]