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Common Beliefs - 8 August 2016

So today 2 guys, Jie Ming & Jeremy (I hope I spelt your name right) came up to me asked me whether I was a Christian. Told them I was a Catholic. Well, but they still sat down with me and talked to me about their faith in Jesus. Talk about Ecumenical discussion right there.

They showed me a chapter from 1 John 5: 11-12 which states:
"And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life."

Truly, that is one of the beliefs in the faith, and it's something I'm proud to say that we all, Catholics & Christians alike share.

Though, what is eternal life? They told me that just by believing in Christ, it brings us eternal life. My view however, came from the creed. And the fact that by His Death & Resurrection He has given us a clean slate.

"He will come again to judge the living & the dead, and His Kingdom will have no end."
Yes, he w…

The Mass - 18 February 2016

I feel like an old man just spouting out everything hahahahahah but I'm waay too excited to share what I've learnt today. I stumbled across my introduction notes and I will share this with you guys too. The main outline of the course was for me to learn 3 Key Aspects of the Mass. The Mass as a Sacrifice
The Mass as Real Presence
The Mass as Holy Communion The MASS AS A SACRIFICE
The Jews often did sacrifices, which of course, involved the killing of the poor animal. However, the sacrifice did not end there. They would then partake of the animal. Literally. This Communion Meal then symbolizes the renewal of the Covenant Union. This can be linked to different stories in the Old and New Testaments.
In the Old testement, the family feud between Isaac & Abimilech in Genesis 26 is a great example. They sacrificed an animal, and then partaken of the animal. This therefore led to the reconciliation as well as a covenant union between the both of them. They became in a way, brothers. …

The Sign of the Cross - 18 February 2016

How's Lent Everybody? Hopefully the journey has been great so far. I started embarking on this programme today known as "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass" with the Little Rock Bible Ministry. Summary:
- Liturgy & its relations to Scripture
- 4 Parts: Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Concluding Rites I was finishing up the first part of my self-study on the Introductory Rites when I stumbled upon something which has definitely deepened my understanding on this important thing which we always do but might take for granted. The Sign of the Cross. We do it all the time, too many to even count, and it has been done this way even from the time of the early Apostles. In fact, how the early followers did it can be described with the words of the Theologian Tertullian: "In all our travels and movements, in all our coming in and going out, in putting on our shoes, at the bath, at the table, in lighting our candles, in lying down, in sittin…

Companionship & The Bible Study - 29 October 2015

Hey there!
May the Lord Give you His Peace! How has everything been, haven't seen you guys for a while, and hopefully the Lord has been walking beside you in life!
Well, because I had no paper today, I learnt something at LRBM that I'm almost dying to share with you guys. As you know, there are many Jewish festivals, but I would like to narrow down to three of them. 1. Passover
2. The Feast of Weeks
3. The Feast of Booths Those were the three main festivals of that time, and customs then were that the people should go on pilgrimages to Jerusalem to offer the sacrifice, to lift up their prayers... But there is one thing they would travel great distances for. The Blessing. The final Blessing that marks the end of the festival. That blessing is known as "The Aaronic Blessing". It first surfaces in Numbers 6: 23-27: The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace. During the journ…

SG50 JOY - 6 July 2015

How many Are Your Works Oh Lord,
In wisdom you have made them all.
The Moon to Mark the End of Day,
The Sun to rise and light our way. Send out your spirit upon the earth,
and let your spirit bring us to birth
send out your spirit and make us new,
till all creation returns to you. Eyyo! How's life for everyone? Hope it's pretty gooooooooooood under the wings of God. (okay Chinese O Orals tomorrow so I'm feeling a bit... you geddit.) I'd bet we all agree that the Catholic community has come a long way, and it is all about the pioneers who made the sacrifices for this. But we all know, that they did it in the Glory of the Lord. Dear Lord,
Thank you for helping us establish out footing in this world today,
Thank You, for the wisdom to help us decide where ever we should go.
Through the bumps of the times,
you have led us through to this life. Life of the Church, Life In the Church. So Dear Lord,
Continue to bless the Community, the clergy that serve it, the 31 Churches that make up…

A New Era - 1 June 2015

Closure of Chapter 1: Psalm 91 (2 Days On) Hey Guys! I still remember the very day I entered this wonderful ministry. Sec 3 PA, I mean. Always awkward (but stayed jumpy for a year straight. Ha!). Since then, I really have learnt many things about you guys, and also much more about God. That he works in really mysterious ways. I tell you why. 1. The moment I stepped into B11 on the very first PA session I was pretty sure I was calm and not hyper. From then on, I knew Love Has Come to Show the Way :) 2. Over the years, Psalm has always been one of my homes of refuge, and it has always become a habit to come for any of the sessions. I always feel uncomfortable if I don't go. And if my parents (or my mother at least) disallow me from going... Well that's a different story. That happened when I was 'grounded'. Tell you more if you want to know. This really has been a journey filled with ups and downs, and I hope everyone really learnt something about (at least) somebody in…

Redeemed - 22 March 2015

Yesterday during session, as you all saw, I went into prostrate mode. Some might find it a bit weird cos you don't see it everyday anymore anyone who goes into that position. But I went into that for a reason. That week was the March Holiday week. But like many others, 'What Holiday?' I was stuck in school for about an average of 4 hours a day. Not a lot but it happened. CCAs, with my SYF coming up I was busy with my lights systems. Days and Days of Remedials and Supplementary classes. Plus with me being grounded for the next few months from too much activities around church, I was more worn out that usual when I came to session that week. I was upset. I was uncomfortable because of the film on Our Lady of Fatima I watched earlier. When we started the worship at the beginning of the session. I went into prostrate. I was so tired. I needed the rest with the Lord. When it came to the word 'Redeemed', as well as the 2nd song (remind me of the name :P ), it was... A f…

Love - 8 September 2014

Reading 1 EZ 33:7-9
Thus says the LORD:
You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel;
when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.
If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ”
and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way,
the wicked shall die for his guilt,
but I will hold you responsible for his death.
But if you warn the wicked,
trying to turn him from his way,
and he refuses to turn from his way,
he shall die for his guilt,
but you shall save yourself. Responsorial Psalm PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
R/ (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R/ If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R/ If today you hea…

Fear - 10 August 2014

Sunday 10 August 2014 | 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 KGS 19:9A, 11-13A
At the mountain of God, Horeb,
Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.
Then the LORD said to him,
“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;
the LORD will be passing by.”
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
and crushing rocks before the LORD—
but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake—
but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake there was fire—
but the LORD was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. Responsorial Psalm PS 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
R/ (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD — for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R/ Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Kind…

The Feast Day 2014

*Readings taken from Thanksgiving Day Reading 1 SIR 50:22-24 And now, bless the God of all,
who has done wondrous things on earth;
Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb,
and fashions them according to his will!
May he grant you joy of heart
and may peace abide among you;
May his goodness toward us endure in Israel
to deliver us in our days. Responsorial Psalm PS 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11
R. (see 1) I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Generation after generation praises your works
and proclaims your might.
They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
and tell of your wondrous works.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds
and declare your greatness.
They publish the fame of your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your justice.
R. I …