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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: , , , , , |

From St Joseph to Holy Cross (By Br Andre Tan)

“ 51 He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man. [1]”   I moved in to Choa Chu Kang – Yew Tee area (CCK) in 2000.  St Joseph Church Bukit Timah (SJCBT) thus became my home parish.  Every Sunday, my family and I would go to SJCBT for mass before going out for lunch.  It was at SJCBT that I started discerning my vocation to priesthood.  It was also here that I

September 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Elohim, Adonai; can you hear Your people cry… (By Br Eugene Chan)

“Deliver us, Hear our call, deliver us Lord of all, remember us Here in this burning sand Deliver us! Send a Shepherd to shepherd us! And deliver us, to the Promised Land. Deliver us to the Promised Land!” These are the iconic and haunting words which greet us at the opening of Disney’s “The Prince of Egypt”. The movie recounts the story of Moses and how he was chosen to save the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt. Illustrating the events from the book of Exodus, Chapters 2 to 15, this movie is a classic. The lyrics from the song

August 30th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Through it all (By Br Simon Ho)

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

August 19th, 2018|Tags: , , |

JOURNEY TO THE WEST – (By Br Dexter Chua)

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

August 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Did St Joseph ever doubt? (By Br Eugene Chan)

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

July 21st, 2018|Tags: , , |

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