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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: , , , |

Encountering God in the season of Advent (By Br Bernard Tng)

Advent is coming into a place or the coming of Christ into the world, according to But really, what is ADVENT?   Advent is not merely about the coming of Christ into the world, and to celebrate with all the partying. The definition gives an impression that it is an incomplete action and it is true, we are all awaiting for the second coming of Christ. But do we just carry on with our lives as usual? Advent is also a time for us to take stock of our lives and to encounter God in this season of waiting

December 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

A little treasure in the North-West of Singapore (By Br Bernard Tng)

The seminarian brothers used to jog to Sentosa, Chinatown or around Mount Faber when we were staying in Church of St Teresa. These jogs were kinda part of our fellowship, a few of us would spend our personal recreation time together, just to explore around the church and getting to know one another more. There were also times where we would spend our evening walks together around the estate, just behind the church. Having moved to our new home here in Church of St Joseph (Bukit Timah), the ‘custom’ continued. Over the past four months, we have been discovering the

November 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , |

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: , , , |

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