Testimony & Thanksgiving: Onwards to Christ!

by Isabella Liu Hi guys!! My name is Isabella and I am a second-year medical student. Back in my first year, I was very eager and excited to try everything. I desperately wanted to be the cool kid and I wanted to be liked by everyone, and so I said yes to everything. I relied […]

The Making of the Holy Family

by Genevieve Especkerman  My dear brothers and sisters, the season of Advent is here! And what an exciting and joyful time it is. Unlike Lent, this season of Advent is not a season of penance, but of wholehearted and joyful preparation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas! In John 3:16-17, it says for God […]

Where is God in the Waiting?

by Cheong Jiarong At every day, hour and second, we are waiting for God to reveal His plans for us. When we call out to Him in our prayers and frustrations, we are waiting for a direction from Him. In our struggles, we await His response. Perhaps we may think we are not necessarily waiting […]

The Struggle is Real

by Micaela Arriola  No one can escape the experience of suffering. When we first learn composition writing, our teachers introduce a story arc – Introduction, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution -, and in every story, the struggle (Rising Action) is essential. We learn that it is absolutely necessary for making a story good, so […]

Putting the Discipline in Discipleship

by Jonathan Justin Chng Whenever you watch your favourite athlete, let’s say Messi or Ronaldo, what do you notice? Are you impressed by their skills in soccer? Are you in awe of how they are able to curve that ball into the goal post? No doubt, these athletes have the skill and talent to pull off […]

Finding True Riches in Poverty

by Revelation 22 In the Rosary, “poverty of spirit” is described as the spiritual fruit from reflecting on the Third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity of our Lord. What is poverty of spirit? We may imagine that it refers to sacrifice or carrying of our crosses, resulting in us feeling down in spirits. Yet, in the Gospel of […]

Living a Life of Discipleship

by Sandra Elizabeth Yim We’re all probably familiar with the story of the five loaves and two fishes (John 6): how Jesus took the bread and fish offered by a little boy, gave thanks to God and distributed it to thousands of people with 12 baskets of leftovers to spare. Everyone knows about the miracle […]

Constant Conversion: An Everyday Guide

by Sarah Rachel Teo I attended the Awaken conversion retreat in 2013 because the new Catholic friends I had met in polytechnic were also going for it and I wanted to be with them. This spurred my desire to serve in my parish youth community, polytechnic community, and in catechetical ministry as a facilitator.  But […]

Testimony & Thanksgiving: The Joy of Discipleship

by Joshua Tan Following Jesus is hard work, but it is work that is full of joy. Before the School of Christian Leadership (SOCL), I had forgotten about the joy; I only looked at how hard being a disciple was. I started my second semester last year optimistic about growing in faith. I committed to […]

Be Not Afraid: Walking the Steps of the Great Apostles

by Elaine Tan With his hands outstretched, the priest greeted the congregation: “La paz del Señor esté siempre con vosotros.” (The peace of the Lord be with you always.) In the same loving manner, he echoed the words that Christ said to His Apostles: “La paz os dejo, mi paz os doy.” (Peace I leave […]