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The Middle Class of Holiness (By Br Timothy Soo)

Just google “saint” and look at images that come up – you will see an array of stern looking men and women, with their hands in various “holy” poses, with their heads illuminated by perfectly shaped halos. Should it surprise us then that no one wishes to be a saint anymore? On the other hand, French Catholic novelist Leon Bloy famously said, “The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.” How do we square the practical aversion we have towards sainthood with the theoretical understanding of it being non-negotiable? Perhaps it is us that need

November 18th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Sports, and How They Lead Me to God (By Br Justin Yip)

“All the runners at the stadium are trying to win, but only one of them gets the prize. You must run in the same way, meaning to win. All the fighters at the games go into strict training; they do this just to win a wreath that will wither away, but we do it for a wreath that will never wither. That is how I run, intent on winning; that is how I fight, not beating the air. I treat my body hard and make it obey me, for, having been an announcer myself, I should not want to be

October 27th, 2018|Tags: , , |

St Joseph – What it Means to Love Freely (By Br Justin Yip)

By now, many of us would also be somewhat familiar with the contributions of Pope St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, which helped to identify the four components of God’s love – Free, Total, Faithful and Fruitful. These components of God’s love, abstract though they may be, find its concrete realisation in the spousal love of husband and wife in a marital relationship. When a husband can love his wife, or vice versa, in a free, total, faithful and fruitful manner, their marriage becomes a living sign of God’s divine love. Enter St Joseph. St Joseph, in his

October 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

The King’s Gambit (By Br Andrew Lin)

My father introduced me to the game of international chess at a young age, and I’ve been hooked since. I enjoy learning opening moves to prepare a solid footing, being required to think a few steps ahead, crafting strategies to counter the various attacks or obstacles presented, and of course the thrill of winning. And while chess may seem to be merely a hobby or brain exercise for some of us, perhaps it has a few things to teach us about our spiritual lives as well. In chess, one wins by capturing the opponent’s king. It does not matter how

September 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

From St Joseph to Holy Cross (By Br Andre Tan)

“ 51 He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man. [1]”   I moved in to Choa Chu Kang – Yew Tee area (CCK) in 2000.  St Joseph Church Bukit Timah (SJCBT) thus became my home parish.  Every Sunday, my family and I would go to SJCBT for mass before going out for lunch.  It was at SJCBT that I started discerning my vocation to priesthood.  It was also here that I

September 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Through it all (By Br Simon Ho)

Imagine you have just landed your dream job or your dream holiday. Then something happens and your plans have to be changed suddenly and you have to give up that dream job, that dream holiday. What would your response be? How would you feel? Perhaps we might respond negatively to the change: we complain about it, or drag our heels over it, maybe even try to undermine it so that we can still have things our way. We, human beings, don’t like change, especially changes to our well thought-out plans. Unsurprisingly, our culture, our society hold in reverent awe people

August 19th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. It is the greatest gift anyone can give.