Reflection: From homelessness to light, life and love

What is it like to be “homeless”? Countless of people are “homeless” this Christmas. The Advent season of Peace, Hope, Joy and Love now explodes into the Light that offers the gift of “Salvation” to all peoples at Christmas. Yet, people continue to live in the darkness of their pain and suffering. The “homeless” are [...]

Because we CARE, we give new meaning to HIV/AIDS patients

Diana Lee, a volunteer, shares her experiencesCatholic AIDS Response Effort volunteers and staff (facing camera in black and white tops), together with residents having a singalong session.Four years ago, at the blissful age of 67, a nagging desire to be a volunteer enveloped me. Whenever I hear a homily, read a spiritual book or watch [...]

God’s Mercy – Mystery of Christ’s Passion

Msgr Philip Heng, SJ God’s Mercy and Compassionate Love are a mystery that many struggle to comprehend especially when a person’s pain and suffering are overwhelming and there does not seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. In such situations God seems to be absent.    In suffering, a person could [...]

Reflection: Knowing God and knowing self

Fr Derrick Yap (second from left) seen here with fellow priests in Rome (from left): Frs Samuel Lim, Jovita Ho, Joseph Zhang and Jeffrey Tan.Friar Derrick Yap, OFM Who are you, Lord, and who am I?I caught myself asking these questions more frequently these last few years. Be it accompanying someone in his or her [...]

Reflection: Why is loving God so hard and demanding?

By Msgr Philip Heng, SJWhy 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 [...]

Braving pain, discomfort, in barefoot Lent walk

Participants walking barefoot during the Crucis Singapura Lenten event.The Crucis Singapura barefoot Lenten walk this year was one with a difference. For the first time, the 205 people who took part in the April 8 event were given special guided reflections by the organisers, Jesus Youth Singapore.Apart from meditating on the Stations of the Cross [...]

ARCHBISHOP’S NATIONAL DAY MESSAGE: A merciful and compassionate nation

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This year we celebrate our 51st National Day. In the last 50 years, we, together with our leaders, have been focusing on building a progressive society with proper infrastructure and transparent governance. As a consequence, Singapore has grown economically, technologically and politically as a nation. There is equality, [...]

Prayers help paralympian through horse riding accident

Gemma Foo ruptured her spleen while training. She tells Jared Ng how her faith helped her during that time. “Take away this feeling of lousiness,” Gemma Foo prayed to God as she lay in hospital with a ruptured spleen.The para-equestrian, a parishioner of the Church of the Holy Spirit, fell off her horse during a [...]