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: Why do evil spirits exist?

Q: Why are there evil spirits? One would have thought that God, with His infinite goodness, wisdom and foresight, would not create anything that would become evil. Now that they exist, why doesn’t God wipe them out? – Anthony Oei A: This is a good but rather complex question. Firstly, I am assuming that by [...]

Obtaining an ‘indulgence’ during the Year of Mercy

Fr Ignatius Yeo explains the meaning of indulgences ahead of the launch of the special year on Dec 8.1. What does the Church teach about “Indulgences”?The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), the official synthesis of the essentials and fundamentals of our faith, states that: “An Indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal [...]

“Let It Be Done To Me…”

SFX Bulletin, 21 December 2014 We celebrate today the fourth and last Sunday of Advent. With the preparation season of Advent coming to a close and the vigil celebration of   the Nativity of Our Lord just three days away, we are invited today to consider if our spiritual preparation are in tandem with the change [...]

Repentance For Change

SFX Bulletin, 28 September 2014: “Repent!” is not a word we like to hear.  Our pride is such that we like to think well of ourselves all the time. We may even blame God for our sins.  When we do this, we are not unlike the elders of Judah who were in exile in Babylon [...]

Correction for Conversion

SFX Bulletin, 7 September 2014: The gospel today is taken from a section of Matthew often called the “Ecclesial” or “Church” Discourse.  The word “church” is used only two times in the gospels (Mt.16:18; Mt.18:17) and in both instances, refer to the authority Jesus gives to “bind and loose”.  This authority, as the Catechism tells [...]

Don’t put yourself down

A HEALTHY spirituality is one that joyfully surrenders to God’s Will, offering all sufferings and humiliations in a spirit of reparation so that even the downside of life is seen as a blessing. This surrender to God includes die way we accept ourselves and our own life. Let’s face it, some lives are messier than [...]