Category: Faith Formation

Faith Formation

On Suffering & Compassion

I vaguely remembered attending a retreat during my university life that changed my outlook on the word ‘compassion’. The speaker mentioned that compassion was compounded from the Latin word ‘com-pati’ which means ‘to suffer with’. Over the last three months, I was posted to an oncology (cancer) ward to transition into a state registered nurse.

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Faith Formation

On Suffering and Safe Spaces

by Anita Zidar “I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 We have all probably heard these words of Jesus especially in times when comfort is much needed. However, it is

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Faith Formation

The Holy Spirit Series Part 3: Renewed Restored Loved

by Bryan Francisco So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17) When the day of Pentecost came, the apostles encountered something unfamiliar and new, “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other

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Faith Formation

The Holy Spirit Series Part 2: The Names of the Holy Spirit

by Joshua Tan We learn a lot about a person through their nicknames and titles. Harry Potter was called “The Boy Who Lived”, Frodo was called “Ring-bearer of the One Ring”. These titles not only tell us about the achievements of Harry and Frodo, but they also give us clues about who they are as

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Faith Formation

The Holy Spirit Series Part 1: Getting to Know the Holy Spirit

Trinity by Andrei Rublev by Arielle Chua There is a famous icon of the Holy Trinity that can be found in many places. In it, the Trinity is depicted as 3 angels sitting at a table, when they visited Abraham at his tent at Mamre. When I encountered this icon for the first time, I

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OYPLentenProject21

Holy Week: Good Friday

by Caitlyn Teo Today we remember one of the most gruesome murders in human history; that of Jesus, tortured, humiliated, and crucified. What makes us want to commemorate Jesus’ death 2000 years on? Well, the answer lies in the fact that we call today Good Friday. Today is good because this Jesus’ death was given

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Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

by Makoto Gomez Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (Matthew 26:38) In Gethsemane, Jesus invites us, like the disciples, to draw close to Him in his agony. Jesus grappled with the fear of his impending suffering and death

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Holy Week: Wednesday

Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him [Jesus] over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. (Matthew 26:14-16)

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Holy Week : Tuesday

It is often hard coming to terms with expectations in our faith just like the disciples in today’s Gospel. Jesus in his humility was the ultimate glorifier of God, the true embodiment of a living sacrifice. The disciples were keen to glorify God but could not accept that they could be the ones abandoning Jesus

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Holy Week : Monday

At first glance, in today’s Gospel, it seems that Judas’s statement that the costly ointment be sold, and the money be given to the poor sounds like a genuine concern for the needy, instead of wasting it to anoint the feet of Jesus. However, upon reflection, it illustrates the hypocrisy of Judas. For he neither

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#witnessesinworkplaces

Sharing Jesus in Today’s Culture – “Inculturating”

by Ian Cheng “Do I really need to explicitly proclaim the gospel in the workplace? Isn’t it enough to just be a good colleague or worker?” All of us are immersed in today’s secular culture. Evidently so in the workplace – Topics around Netflix, the latest gossip, stocks often become the conversations in our workplaces. Instead of

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Faith Formation

OYPLentenProject21: The Significance of Ashes

“Why does the Church place ashes on our foreheads today? Why does she remind us of death? Death which is the effect of sin! Why?…To prepare us for Christ’s Passover. For the paschal mystery of the Redeemer of the world. Paschal mystery means what we profess in the Creed: “On the third day he rose

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Faith Formation

Ordinary Time Growth Series: Charting A Course for Spiritual Growth

by Joel Tan “How is your walk with Jesus?” – that familiar nebulous question at the start of cell-group sharing. One, that presumes I am currently walking with Jesus. Two, it offers no length of time to which the person is referring. Three, it configures me to think that my relationship with Jesus is a

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Faith Formation

Ordinary Time Growth Series: The Importance of Embracing Our Failings

by Bryan Francisco Do you remember the movie Finding Nemo and a certain cute blue fish named Dory who seemed to be rather forgetful? She famously ssay, “When life gets you down, you know what you got to do? Just keep swimming.”. Funnily enough, this quote applies to my own spiritual journey and in my

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Faith Formation

Ordinary Time Growth Series: Keep Your Eye on the Prize

by Melissa Foo (second from left) The current season of Ordinary Time may seem like a non-event and of lesser significance, but it is far from ordinary. It is a season where we are called to growth and purification, and remains the longest season of the liturgical calendar. Yet, the reality of this season is

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Faith Formation

Ordinary Time Growth Series: Navigating the In-Betweens of Our Journey

by Joelle Tan (front center) What is the in-between? It is a somewhat awkward, uncomfortable, and uncertain place to be. Many things can happen during this time. It’s like the third point between our starting point and our destination. A time of growth, pruning and purifying. Sometimes, we might not be sure where Jesus is

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Ordinary Time Growth Series: On Waiting and Growth

by Joanna Chng  Honestly, waiting for someone is difficult. A myriad of emotions seems to plague me when I have to wait. I worry about whether I am at the right place, at the right time. I get anxious when the other party does not reply to my texts – have they forgotten or overslept?

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Faith Formation

Ordinary Time Growth Series: Tilling the Soil of Our Hearts

by Gracemary Yap Beginning from the month of November up till the month of May, we are brought on an exhilarating journey as we re-discover and remember our Lord’s birth (Advent and Christmas), death (Holy Week Triduum), resurrection (Easter) and ascension into heaven (Ascension Sunday). After the season of Christmas, we are given a “breather”

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