Gift of Mercy

By Ryan Paul   “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” – Luke 7:36   We are all called to be merciful just as God is merciful to us. The Greek word for mercy is Eleeo; it means to have compassion and patience for those who are suffering. The concern for the physical, emotional, and spiritual […]

The Gift of Encouragement

By Justyn Goh   Recently, I watched one of C.S Lewis’ cinematic creations of the Chronicles of Narnia. After watching the movie, it left me with a deep and penetrating ‘good’ feeling. I was intrigued by the stirring within me and felt greatly encouraged. Witnessing the countless number of trials the Narnians faced against the […]

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) [su_quote]“Strive for the greater gifts, and I will show you a still more excellent way”–1 Corinthians 12:31 [/su_quote] What are these gifts? To gain some context, we look at what St. Paul writes […]

sainthood and Sainthood

by Teresa Luo [su_quote]The saints live not after the fashion of the world…The dignity of the saints is so great because they are not of this world, but ‘of the household of God.– St. Thomas Aquinas[/su_quote] As we commemorate All Saints’ Day this year, we remember and honour the people who have gone ahead of […]

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 [su_quote]So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! – 2 Cor 5:17[/su_quote] 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 […]

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

by Brian Jeremy Thian [su_quote]“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” ― Epicurus[/su_quote] How can suffering and […]