29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isa 53:10-11Heb 4:14-16Mk 10:35-45 For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way thatwe are, though he is without sin. When I first read this passage, I found… Continue Reading →
Oct 16 – Memorial for St. Hedwig, Religious; Memorial for St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin St. Hedwig (1174–1243) was the daughter of the Duke of Croatia, and aunt of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. She married Prince Henry I of Silesia and Poland in 1186 at the age of 12, and became the mother of seven. She… Continue Reading →
Oct 15 – Memorial for St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor Also known as Teresa of Avila, Teresa of Jesus (1515–1582) was born to the Spanish nobility, the daughter of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda and Dona Beatriz. She grew up reading the lives of the saints, and playing at ‘hermit’ in the garden. Crippled by… Continue Reading →
Oct 14 – Memorial for St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr St. Callistus (d. 223) was born a slave, owned by Carpophorus, a Christian in the household of Caesar. His master entrusted a large sum to Callistus to open a bank, which took in several deposits, made several loans to people who refused to pay… Continue Reading →
Wednesday of Week 28 in Ordinary Time Rm 2:1-11Lk 11:42-46 ‘Master,’ he said ‘when you speak like this you insult us too.’ There are many reasons why we hesitate to acknowledge our shortcomings or mistakes. Some are afraid of the unfavorable repercussions such as losing friends, losing jobs, losing credentials, or losing face. When I… Continue Reading →
Tuesday of Week 28 in Ordinary Time Rm 1:16-25Lk 11:37-41 The more they called themselves philosophers, the more stupid they grew… I’d like to touch on a very real trait that is well-known in Singapore society — ‘kiasu-ism’. The Hokkien term ‘kiasu’ denotes someone who is afraid to lose and would literally do anything to… Continue Reading →
Monday of Week 28 in Ordinary Time Rm 1:1-7Lk 11:29-32 “This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign…” Don’t you just hate it when someone asks you for some advice on a situation, yet they continue topersist in the same way, until someone else – or two – comes along with the… Continue Reading →
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wis 7:7-11Heb 4:12-13Mk 10:17-30 Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him The young man of the gospel today is often a sharp reminder for me of my state in life, wherever Imay be. As I reflected on the scriptures today, I contemplated the image of Jesus and me,encapsulated in… Continue Reading →
Oct 9 – Memorial for Sts. Denis, Bishop, and Companions, Martyrs; Memorial for St. John Leonardi, Priest St. Denis (d. 258) was a missionary to Paris, and its first bishop. His success roused the ire of local pagans, and he was imprisoned by the Roman governor. He was martyred in the persecutions of Valerius with Sts…. Continue Reading →
Friday of Week 27 in Ordinary Time Joel 1:13-15;2:1-2Lk 11:15-26 “But on arrival, finding it swept and tidied, it then goes off and brings seven other spirits more wicked than itself…and set up house there…” I turned 46 this year. And though 46 is not a milestone birthday by any stretch, the fact that ‘mid-life’… Continue Reading →
Oct 7 – Memorial for Our Lady of the Rosary This day was originally observed as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory. Its date was chosen to commemorate the European victory at the third naval Battle of Lepanto in 1571. This battle marked the high point of Turkish (Muslim) advance on European soil with… Continue Reading →
Oct 6 – Memorial for St. Bruno, Priest St. Bruno (1030–1101) was educated in Paris and Rheims, France. He was ordained in 1055. He taught theology, and one of his students later became Blessed Pope Urban II. He presided over the cathedral school at Rheims from 1057 to 1075. He criticised the worldliness he saw in… Continue Reading →
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