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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: , , , |

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: , , , , , |

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