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Thursday 31 July 2014 Reflections

Well... How long has it been? a looong time. I'm back. Yes, as Didacus Paschalis. I'll be posting up last week's stuff:

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1st Reading: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12
5At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask what I shall give you." 7And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude. 9Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this thy great people?" 10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself unde…

Pentecost Sunday

First Reading: Acts 2:1-11
1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7And they were amazed and wondered, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9Par'thians and Medes and E'lamites and residents of Mesopota'mia, Judea and Cappado'cia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phryg'ia and Pamphyl'ia, Egypt and the parts o…

Sixth Sunday of Easter: 25 May 2014

Reading 1: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
5Philip went down to a city of Sama'ria, and proclaimed to them the Christ. 6And the multitudes with one accord gave heed to what was said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs which he did. 7For unclean spirits came out of many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice; and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8So there was much joy in that city. 14Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Sama'ria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; 16for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.


Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God,…

Hope.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16 (NIV).

My days are swifter than a weavers’s shuttle, and they come to an end without hope. —  Job 7:6 (NIV).

For I know the plans I have for you. declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. — Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. — John 3:17 (NIV)

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. —  Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV)

Hope. What do you know about the word Hope?
hope həʊp/ noun 1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen. "he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information"

4th Week of Easter...

1st Reading: Acts:14, 36-41 14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?"
38 And Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him."
40 And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation."
41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there wer…

The Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Just 2 nights ago, I was with my mum at the launch of the 6th Run of the Quick Journey Through the Bible Series by Jeff Cavins and Sarah Christmayer, and conducted by the Little Rock Bible Ministry. After watching the video of the session program, I had this new viewpoint and new knowledge of the Bible and it's connection to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Bible. Yes you might know a lot about the Bible, From what books there are, like Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Judges, I&II Samuel to name a few. Or maybe, the characters, like Adam And Eve, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac...
Or maybe some of you know, and are comforted about the fact, that The Bible is depicting Our Salvation History! But You know, after reading several chapters of the Bible it becomes all too boring… For example, myself. Because some books to me back then were simply way too dry, I usually only read either the Book of Joshua, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, the Book of Tobit, I Maccabees, etc.
Then c…

Post Easter Reflections

Sorry for doing this... late... post... Couldn't get on due to revision for midyear exams :[]

5 years ago. I had begun my journey of faith. Refreshed, Renewed. This year, at Easter Vigil, My dad's on his journey. I pray for his journey.

This year at Easter Vigil, I found another perspective of viewing our hearts. This time, it's the tomb and the rock that sealed the tomb. If you were at the service last night, F Clifford would have told a story during homily.

There was a school that oragnized a Play in America. They had people to act as all the main characters in the story of the Lord's Passion. But there was this one boy. Who was round (shouldn't say fat as I am too). The teachers in that school couldn't find a role for him. Until... They got him to play the rock at Jesus' tomb. [Laughter through the church] So for all the 3 days of the performance, he rolled away from the tomb perfectly, much to the delight of the audience.

From this, this is a new experi…

Evangelization & Palm Sunday

Firstly, Happy Palm Sunday and Hopefully you have a Holy Holy Week Ahead!

Secondly, Yesterday, at the Parish Assembly, the theme was Evangelizing with Joy. Evangelization. What do we usually do when we Evangelize? For me, Evangelization back then was to give anyone who asked all the information I know about God. But everything changed when the Fire nation attacked... I mean everything changed after the assembly. I was thinking, but I did not dare ask fearing that it might be irrelevant. But for a schoolboy like me, I always hear evangelizing in workplaces, or wherever you go. But what about in schools? Then I was talking to one of my mum's friends, and he said, "You don't really need any activity or to start anything, just show it with your life!"

I froze. That's another way I could have done it! Live my life happily, they will know we are Christians and we're happy about it! So what I can say is that, just live your life in a happy way, and show them what Ch…

Temptations

It's another Sunday, and another few weeks to Easter. Time Flies... Too fast!

Yesterday, I went with my mum to attend this session of a programme conducted by the Little Rock Bible Ministry known as 'Walking Towards Eternity' the session that day was about 'Managing your appetites', and several readings were mentioned. Sorry if no songs came to mind though.

These are the readings which I picked out from the session's video screening:

Matthew 4: 2-4:
2He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ 4But he answered, ‘It is written,
“One does not live by bread alone,
   but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’

Matthew 19: 16-22
The Rich Young ManThen someone came to him and said, ‘Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?’ And he said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is go…

Purity - Thursday 3 April 2014

Today, right after design studies , I was telling a few seniors (Sup Christabel and Darryl) about colour theory and psychology and stuff. Then I was looking through the Psychology for the colour White, which was pretty mush about purity. Specifically. Then while were joking around... Then these few words struck me. Sorry Christabel, if that wasn't exactly what you said, but it was, 'Go and Purify your mind lah.'

And that took me back to 2009. My baptism year. All white. Entering and exiting the baptismal pool. Got changed and back in church with our gowns on, ready to be anointed... And then the Nicene Creed... 'I confess One Baptism for the forgiveness of Sins,'
You might be wondering how does White, Purity, Baptism and that portion of the Nicene Creed... But in my perspective, Our One Baptism for the forgiveness of sins is like the ultimate purifying of our bodies, hearts and minds to face the lives ahead. Despite being forgiven and With changed hearts, but still…

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PM Lee Came to SST today. It was pretty nice...

What will be your reaction to this...?

Story 1 - 2 April 2014

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ? Student : Yes, sir. Professor: So, you believe in GOD ? Student : Absolutely, sir. Professor : Is GOD good ? Student : Sure. Professor: Is GOD all powerful ? Student : Yes. Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm? (Student was silent.) Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good? Student : Yes. Professor: Is satan good ? Student : No. Professor: Where does satan come from ? Student : From … GOD … Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world? Student : Yes. Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct? Student : Yes. Professor: So who created evil ? (Student did not answer.) Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t …

30 March - 4th Sunday of Lent

Hello there! It's a Sunday today, and it's the 4th Sunday of Lent, just a couple of weeks more till Easter. Last night was really a true bonding session, yet it was a night for me to reflect on my life as well. While jumping on that trampoline, I had 2 new perspectives of our lives. Either the trampoline, or us jumping on it. Firstly. The trampoline itself. Without the frame, it can't do anything. What a waste, right? Well, for a trampoline to work, it'll need a strong frame to support it. Without a strong frame, of course it'll collapse under weight! So I feel like our lives are dependent on God, like the cloth (or whatever that's called) that has been attached to the metal frame. If We are not dependent on God for support, when the storms of life rage on, we will not be able to stand up and brave it! We will collapse! But in another perspective, I feel like we are like the people jumping on the trampoline. God has been supporting us all this while. And even …