Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Up Close and Personal

On 10 January, 3 young women gathered at our convent to spend an afternoon desiring to know more about our congregation. From the experience and feedback of the first Up Close and Personal, this time we plan to give more time for presentation, sharing plus activities and interaction, somehow it still didn't work out quite as what we wanted. With all the waiting, we began after 3 pm instead of 2 pm as planned (though we actually took this into consideration in our planning) and like before we were trying to finish by 5 pm as 2 of the participants need to go for Mass. So, I was trying to rush through everything, which doesn't seem to be helpful. Anyway, we are all glad to be able to share with them our spirituality, mission, our founders, community life and so forth. No matter what, I feel that the Holy Spirit is the one working through the whole session, and whatever it turn out, I believe God has a reason for it.
We are not giving up. Next Up Close and Personal Session will be sometime in June, so those who missed it for the past 2 time, do take not and hope to see you..... Till the next Up Close and Personal.....

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

New Year

2009 began with a Thanksgiving Celebration with the Canossian sisters here in Singapore where 4 of their sisters renewed their 25th and 50th anniversary of religious profession on 1 Jan. It is always touching to witness religious celebrating their jubilees. Very inspiring, encouraging.... Sometimes I do wonder will I ever get to that stage... 25 years..... 50 years.... Really, it is the faithfulness of God that sustain us. Thanks to the sisters, choosing this day to celebrate their 25 and 50 years of God's Faithful love, a great way to begin a new year not just for them, but for me.... Gratefulness and blessings.

In the evening, we had another celebration... one of our junior professed sisters celebrated her birthday. Wow! New Year Baby! Another thanksgiving for the gift of life and also Pauline vocation.

The day end with a car ride to downtown Orchard to enjoy the lightings. Talking about economic crisis, people comparing that this year's decoration was not that great, but personally I enjoyed and like it. Not matter how, I am proud that Singaporeans still continue to express their creativities. Bravo! (Would like to show pictures, but I was the driver, can't risk the lives of my sisters to capture those beauties, right?)

Monday, 5 January 2009

Vulnerable, Like a Bird

Life is precious. Not because it is unchangeable, like a diamond, but because it is vulnerable, like a little bird. To love life means to love its vulnerability, asking for care, attention, guidance, and support. Life and death are connected by vulnerability. The newborn child and the dying elder both remind us of the preciousness of our lives. Let's not forget the preciousness and vulnerability of life during the times we are powerful, successful, and popular.
(Henri Nouwen)