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Vocation Sunday Message 2019

Message from the Rector Many young people struggle to find meaning in what they do once they enter the workforce. Those in ‘prestigious’ jobs may seem that they “have it all” but would be still asking the question: “is this what life is all about?” It is in this context that we have come up with this year’s theme for Good Shepherd Sunday – a Life or Alive? Some twenty plus years ago, I myself felt conflicted. After working for about 9 years, with my latest posting overseas, I had come to realise that life is much more than just

May 11th, 2019|Tags: , , |

A Conversation with Our New Brothers…

From L-R: Francis Tan (F), Brandon Ng (B), Joel Tan (J) Tell us more about yourself! F: Hey there! I am Francis Tan and am 28 this year. Something interesting about me is that I have already worked for 7 years! I was a Police Officer, a Financial Consultant and finally a Youth Coordinator at the Office for Young People (OYP). I am quite a simple person and enjoy reading, nature, and exercising. B: I’m a Computer Science graduate from NTU & have worked for the telecoms industry prior to entering the Seminary. I really enjoy playing with techie stuff

May 11th, 2019|

Thoughts in an Adoration room (By Br Marcus Chew)

Part I: The First Quarter As I sit here before you, shoulders slumped, my insides feeling empty; yet, with a load on my heart, before a piece of bread.   How?   How could it be you, my saviour? Such majesty! Such sovereignty! Mightiness! Awesomeness!   Contained in that single, little piece of bread, less than a loaf.   O Humble Host, Gardenia and sunshine has nothing on you - capturing my heart capturing its depths.   Lord, present before me… Existing before me… Veiled before me… Yet, looking and staring… Capturing my being… Wait, what’s that funny smell? Smells

April 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Death Has No Power Anymore (By Br Shaun Lim)

‘Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;’ The first two lines of the poem by John Donne; a 17th century English poet and cleric  in the Church of England demonstrates unmistakably the contempt the persona has for Death here personified with the use of personal pronouns. It is an open confrontation that gets personal in the fourth line: ‘nor yet canst thou kill me.’ Yes, make no mistake, Death, you cannot kill me. In other words, Death has no power over me anymore. Donne believes in the same belief that

March 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

The year of the Pig (By Br Andre Tan)

This year is the year of the pig.  Although it is the last animal in the zodiac calendar, the Chinese generally see pigs (those born in the year of the pig) as hardworking, trustful, peace loving, generous and intelligent.  In an article that was recently published in The Straits Times, titled “Look back at years of the boar (3 Feb)”, the years of the pigs namely, 1983, 1995 and 2007 were years where the stock markets did a sudden unexpected turnabout, both either a positive rise or a negative decline in stock values.  This year, according to the writer, will

February 22nd, 2019|Tags: , , |

Chastity – A Way to Holiness (By Br Dexter Chua)

In his third apostolic exhortation dated 19 March 2018 and published on 9 April 2018, titled Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis addresses the universal call to holiness, with a focus “to re-propose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time”. Although there are many practical and inexhaustible ways to answer this call to practice holiness, what I would like to suggest in my sharing is the practice of virtues, more particularly the virtue of Chastity.   In a society increasingly influenced by individualism and materialism where proof of one’s love is shown through one’s actions, many

February 15th, 2019|Tags: , , |

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