On Advent: Make Ready the Way of the Lord!

by Marcus Yee Hello all! Have you ever wondered what Advent actually means? Why do the priests wear purple? What are the one pretty pink and three purple candles for? I had these questions too, and as I journeyed deeper into the season of Advent, these questions began to accumulate, and I figured, “Why not […]

My Vocation is to Love: The Gift and Office of Administration (Part 2)

by Teresa Luo The Office of Administration In the previous article, we discussed the characteristics of administration as a personal gift; now we look at administration as an office–an appointment or duty. An office of administration is given to a leader with a clear mandate from God, approved by the church leaders to guide, coordinate, […]

My Vocation is to Love: The Gift and Office of Administration (Part 1)

by Teresa Luo Gifts of the Spirit As varied as the personalities that form the Church, so are there an assortment of gifts or charisms for each person in the one Body of Christ. Wisdom, prophecy, administration, teaching, and tongues are but a few of the many gifts which can be broadly categorised into Traditional […]

Gifts and Charisms in Community

by Genevieve Ruth Especkerman But to Each One is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit for the Common Good (1 Corinthians 12:7) What are these gifts? To gain some context, we look at what St. Paul writes just before this. He talks about the various kinds of gifts that God gives to each of us: […]

sainthood and Sainthood

by Teresa Luo As we commemorate All Saints’ Day this year, we remember and honour the people who have gone ahead of us and assumed their places in heaven. This is the Church Triumphant, who has fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). The Church recognises anyone who […]

Hitting the Streets

by Joanna Chng As I prepared and planned for a time of street evangelisation, a few thoughts ran through my mind. “What exactly do I have to do? Speak to strangers? Do we, as Catholics, even do this?” I tried my best to wiggle my way out of this.  There were so many doubts that […]

New Wine (Part Four): A New Creation, A Thanksgiving

by Johannes Tjendro How would you describe love? Perhaps words like reckless, foolish, impractical, naive, or old-fashioned may come to mind–at least through the eyes of the world. Love belongs in the land of fairytales, while in “real life”, you either eat or be eaten. I came to believe in this brand of “realism” over […]

New Wine (Part Three): When the Pain Is Too Much to Bear

by Brian Jeremy Thian How can suffering and evil exist, if we profess a faith in a God who is all-knowing, all-loving, and all-powerful? Surely, he knows about these things, should want to, and should be capable of intervening? There are some in the fields of Philosophy and Theology who have attempted to answer this […]

New Wine (Part Two): When God Goes “Silent”

by Gabriella Isadora Spykerman We’ve all been there before. The one sided conversation, the frustration of conversing with a wall. Be it in the quiet of the adoration room or in the most random moments of the day, we’ve all  had some rendition of the same thought: Jesus, why have you gone silent on me? […]

New Wine (Part One): Finding Light in Darkness

by Joseph Fernandez Holy darkness, blessed night Heaven’s answer hidden from our sight As we await You, O God of silence We embrace Your holy night – Holy Darkness, Dan Schutte Imagine yourself waking up in the middle of a dark night. You exit your house and begin wandering around a dimly-lit forest. You cannot […]