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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: , , |

Finding God in Anime – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (by Br Timothy Soo)

Given the familiar adage that God can be found in all things, it is not such a stretch for me to say that God can be found in good anime if we are reflective enough. For the uninitiated, anime is a characteristic style of television animation of Japanese origin; not to be confused or lumped together with children's cartoons! If done well, anime has the powerful ability to communicate mature themes and provoke deep philosophical thought. I will make my case through the anime television series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (FMA), which was released in 2009 and spanned 64 episodes. With a plethora of

January 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

“What can I give Him?” (By Br Andrew Lin)

As little children, we would dream of Christmas morn And all the gifts and toys we knew we’d find But we never realized a baby born one blessed night Gave us the greatest gift of our lives… It’s January, Christmas is over! The time for gift-giving is over! Or is it? Did you know that in days of old, and still now in Spain, it was January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord that was the traditional Christmas gift-giving day because this was the day that the baby Jesus received his gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh

January 4th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Where does your Sign lead? (By Br Simon Ho)

The picture above was taken outside our new St. Francis Xavier Seminary Building sometime in October – it shows a flight of steps going up to a side door of our building, and behind that door are the public toilets. If you take a closer look at it, you might notice the little blue sign pointing the way to the handicap toilet. No, there is nothing wrong with our building’s design – the issue lies with the sign; it is supposed to point to the ramp access further up behind the parapet, but instead it seems to point our friends

December 29th, 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.

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