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
Most of you, if not all, may have heard or read this popular Chinese novel titled "Journey to the West (XiYouJi)" which was published in the 16th century which gives an extended account of the legendary pilgrimage of the Tang dynasty Buddhist monk named Xuanzang . He traveled to the western regions (Central Asia and India) to obtain Buddhist sacred texts but returned after facing many trials and much suffering. It has since been re-made into TV series as well as movie series whereby in this Ming dynasty novel, a Buddhist monk by the name of Tripitaka (Tang Sanzang) was
The month of July is the month where we celebrate the feast of St Thomas. Commonly known as “doubting Thomas”, the theme of doubt called to mind the 2017 movie The Case for Christ. In the movie, the lead actor, Lee Strobel struggled to accept his wife’s conversion to Christianity. The family had lived well without God for such a long time and so Lee suddenly felt that he was in competition with God for his wife’s heart. An atheist, he doubted that there was any God to begin with and so, these Christians must have been a “cult” with
June nears its end and it is a month characterised by some tell-tale signs. Just as leaves turn orange and fall from trees during autumn, this is the month where the roads become less jammed, there will be more space in the MRTs and there will be church camps. I recently attended one such church camp for secondary one catechism students. In the camp, they introduced the concept of Multiple Intelligences (MI). A psychology tool, it helped the participants to realise that they were indeed fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14). One of the MI tools used to test for
“REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible. We see it expressed in the Lord’s words to Abraham: “Walk before me, and be blameless” (Gen 17:1). This is from the first paragraph of Pope Francis’ recent Exhortation “Gaudate et
This month, we have treat for those fluent in Chinese as Brother Andre shares his joys and struggles with his mother tongue. Also, some people say, that at certain angles and under various lighting conditions, Brother Andre looks like this particular singer... Whether he sounds like him though...