Archive for May, 2015

#LittlePilgrimage 33. Church of The Risen Christ

#LittlePilgrimage 33. Church of The Risen Christ, 91 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 319193

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i think it’s been too long since i started this #LittlePilgrimage on August 2013. and i think it’s better to finish it as soon as i can.

this church located quite far from my place. but it’s only 1 direct bus from my office #157. the bus stops just in front of the church. this is the official web of this church : http://www.risenchrist.org.sg/

How humble was Jesus?

Jesus is God and therefore we must humble ourselves before him – and yet he humbles himself before us!

The Gospel reading tells us that Jesus came down from heaven. That’s humility! Would you or I leave the comforts of heavenly perfection to enter into the bad, mean world to mingle with bad, mean people?

We have a natural longing for heaven. It’s our true home, and instinctively we know it. That’s why we complain when we experience something unheavenly here on earth. We cry, “God, I’m tired of this trial! When are You going to make it end?” (That’s what the Israelites said in the desert.) “God, You obviously don’t understand how bad this problem is for me.”

Oops, that’s the sin that got the Israelites into trouble (see Num. 21:4-9). Complaining is an indication that we’ve let our heavenly expectations push aside our earthly need to trust God. “Do not forget the works of the Lord,” the responsorial Psalm reminds us. Complaints mean that we have forgotten.

Did Jesus complain? He got upset sometimes, but he never complained, not even when they beat him and nailed him to the cross. Instead, he prayed for his persecutors. Because of this absolute love, we know without a doubt that “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world.”

Lord, help me to humbly stop complaining and condemning. Amen!

Questions for Personal Reflection:
What’s your list of complaints? How often do you complain? About what? What words can you speak instead that will redirect your thoughts to God’s blessings so that you remember why you can trust that he cares?

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Saint Thomas Aquinas

st-thomas-aquinasThe son of Landulph, count of Aquino, St. Thomas Aquinas was born circa 1225 in Roccasecca, Italy, near Aquino, Terra di Lavoro, in the castle of his father, Landulf of Aquino. Thomas had eight siblings, and was the youngest child. His mother, Theodora, was countess of Teano. Though Thomas’s family members were descendants of Emperors Frederick I and Henry VI, they were considered to be of lower nobility.

Before St. Thomas Aquinas was born, a holy hermit shared a prediction with his mother, foretelling that her son would enter the Order of Friars Preachers, become a great learner and achieve unequaled sanctity.

Following the tradition of the period, St. Thomas Aquinas was sent to the Abbey of Monte Cassino to train among Benedictine monks when he was just 5 years old. In Wisdom 8:19, St. Thomas Aquinas is described as “a witty child” who “had received a good soul.” At Monte Cassino, the quizzical young boy repeatedly posed the question, “What is God?” to his benefactors.

St. Thomas Aquinas remained at the monastery until he was 13 years old, when the political climate forced him to return to Naples.

After completing his education, St. Thomas Aquinas devoted himself to a life of traveling, writing, teaching, public speaking and preaching. Religious institutions and universities alike yearned to benefit from the wisdom of “The Christian Apostle.”

St. Thomas Aquinas believed that the existence of God could be proven in five ways, mainly by: 1) observing movement in the world as proof of God, the “Immovable Motor”; 2) observing cause and effect and identifying God as the cause of everything; 3) concluding that the impermanent nature of beings proves the existence of a necessary being, God, who originates only from within himself; 4) noticing varying levels of human perfection and determining that a supreme, perfect being must therefore exist; and 5) knowing that natural beings could not have intelligence without it being granted to them it by God.

In January 1274, St. Thomas Aquinas embarked on a trip to Lyon, France, on foot to serve on the Second Council, but never made it there. Along the way, he fell ill at the Cistercian monastery of Fossanova, Italy. The monks wanted St. Thomas Aquinas to stay at the castle, but, sensing that his death was near, Thomas preferred to remain at the monastery, saying, “If the Lord wishes to take me away, it is better that I be found in a religious house than in the dwelling of a layperson.”

On his deathbed, St. Thomas Aquinas uttered his last words to the Cistercian monks who had so graciously attended him: “This is my rest forever and ever: Here will I dwell for I have chosen it.” (Psalm 131:14) Often called “The Universal Teacher,” St. Thomas Aquinas died at the monastery of Fossanova on March 7, 1274. He was canonized by Pope John XXII in 1323.

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“Good people are like street lights along the roads they don’t make the distance short but they light up the path and make the walk easy & safe”

“Good people are like street lights along the roads they don’t make the distance short but they light up the path  & make the walk easy & safe.” ~ Unknown

#MoralStory : Unless You Let It In

All the water in the world
However hard it tried,
Could never, never sink a ship
Unless it got inside.

All the evil in the world,
the wickedness and sin,
can never sink your soul’s fair craft
unless you let it in.

All the hardships of this world,
Might wear you pretty thin,
But they won’t hurt you, one least bit…
Unless you let them in.

~Barbara Johnson~

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Jesus Take The Wheel

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She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati
On a snow white Christmas Eve
Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy
With the baby in the backseat

Fifty miles to go and she was running low
On faith and gasoline
It’d been a long hard year

She had a lot on her mind and she didn’t pay attention
She was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning
On a thin black sheet of glass

She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn’t even have time to cry
She was so scared
She threw her hands up in the air

Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own

I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I’m on
Jesus, take the wheel

It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder
And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat
Sleeping like a rock

And for the first time in a long time
She bowed her head to pray
She said I’m sorry for the way
I’ve been living my life

I know I’ve got to change
So from now on tonight

Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own

I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I’m on

Oh Jesus, take the wheel
Oh, I’m letting go

So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on (2x)
From this road I’m on
Jesus, take the wheel
Oh, take it, take it from me
oh, oh, oh wooh

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#ShortNews : Anti-Christian bias growing in Europe, Vatican delegate tells OSCE

“Christians are the religious group most persecuted and discriminated against on the global level,” Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, the Vatican’s representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), observed in his remarks to an OSCE meeting on May 18.

Msgr. Urbanczyk told the meeting—which was devoted to intolerance against Christians—that although the most grievous persecution of Christians has been taking place in the Middle East, there have been troubling signs of anti-Christian in Europe as well. He said that “legal trends in Europe reveal an ever-spreading distrust towards religion, religious institutions and their public role.” The Vatican envoy continued:

Particularly worrisome is the fact that across the OSCE region a sharp dividing line has been drawn between religious belief and religious practice, so that Christians are frequently reminded in public discourse or even in the courts, that they can believe whatever they like in private, and worship as they wish in their own churches, but they simply cannot act on those beliefs in public.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=24990