Archive for February 24, 2019

A little testimony on the importance of being part of a Christian community….

CG = Catholic Group

Bro Julian, I was reflecting on Nick and my journey together. And I could not help but be amazed by God’s hand thru our LOL CG. Thru CG, we came to know one another and there was support plus comaradie as we encountered one another to attend spiritual formations together. I can’t believe how Nick has grown from totally out of church and out of Christian values to being open to attending spiritual formations with me. I acknowledge this would not have been possible without God’s intervention thru LOL CG and her members. The little invitations in the group chat helped us become aware of the spiritual formations going on. And we draw one another to attend. God amazes me!

What is the Purpose of my life?

Posted: February 24, 2019 by CatholicJules in Testimonies

Shared by my dear sister in Christ – Ma Cheriza Bondoc

*What is my purpose in life?*

This is the question that was on my mind when I was growing up and at the same time thinking on where will my path lead me so that my chosen career will be successful.

In the year 2011, I was given an opportunity to work in Singapore as a Preschool Teacher and being a migrant worker for almost 8 years now, it encompasses a lot of hard work and sacrifices being away from my family and at the same time it makes me endeavour my goal and to apply what I have learnt from my good school but most specially to teach and mould the future leaders of this beautiful world.

Each time I look back through all these years, I am in awe realizing how much God has blessed me throughout my 30 years of existence. Every blessing that we received from Him should always be shared to our needy brothers and sisters. He gave us in abundance of wonderful blessings so that we will be able to touch other peoples’ lives and by doing that, they can feel God’s love through us.

I have made my life-long pledge to share the love that He gave me with all the people around. Every year for my birthday, I will always plan to do something meaningful and make sure that I will be able to spend time to the children with cancer in the Philippines and the homeless people in the city area. I do organize a celebration with magic show for kids and feeding programme with them. I am helping the Singapore Catholic Foundation, Caritas Singapore and Singapore Cancer Society with my monthly donation to give back and reach out to the needy as well.

Happiness cannot be found in how much money you have in the bank or how many luxury things you have collected and we do not need to be in a position to be called successful neither there will be no signs of what you will become in this life that God has lend us; we just have to take a look deep within ourselves and we will discover how blessed we are and how great is our God for giving us always what we need.

In this life, what will matter the most is when we made a difference, when we are able touch the lives of the people around us and we have managed well the use of the blessings that we received for the benefit of others. And through all these ways, our life will be more meaningful and truly be successful and by the time when God called us, we can proudly say that we have done our part and the life that we live for others is always worth living.

May God bless us all and may His name be truly praised in everything that we do! ❤

Night of Blessings

Posted: February 24, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Yesterday I attended the Eucharistic Celebration at St Mike’s because I had an appointment with Fr T. As I was rather early for the EC, I decided to read the bible while I waited.

Then a growing desire welled up in me to go for the Sacrament of reconciliation. I looked to the direction of the confessional and saw one guy already seated and waiting. I made my way there quickly, sat down beside him and continued reading while I waited. Five minutes had passed when all of a sudden the guy next to me turns and says, “You don’t recognise me do you? I am one of twin brothers which attended the same kindergarten at Hoe Ping Centre and we lived in the same neighbourhood. He introduced himself as Joseph and shared that we even attended the same Church of the Risen Christ back in the day.” I vaguely remembered him because he mentioned he was a twin. The mind blowing thing about it is that I am quite sure we were not very close otherwise I would have a clearer memory of him but he knew my name and that I had a sister with light coloured hair. Later in the short conversation (which was a little uncomfortable for me only because we were waiting for the Sacrament and should have been praying instead of catching up) we had, I found out that he was actually one year my junior.

Still it was a blessing to be reunited with some one who shared moments in time, forty plus years in the neighbourhood I grew up in Toa Payoh! I quickly shared with him the picture I had taken with Sister Rosa only 11 days ago.

Then Father AJ showed up and Joseph went in first for the Sacrament. What a blessing to see the hand of God in that little meeting ‘again’ of brothers in Christ. During the Eucharistic Celebration I received consolations reminding me of His great love.

Later that evening, after my meeting with Fr T. I stayed on in St Mike’s as they were having a movie night and I had missed watching the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. It was more of a movie appreciation night because Fr T would stop the movie at certain sections, encouraged us to talk about it with one another; then he would share some spiritual and psychological inputs into the psyche of the characters in the movie.

Praise the Lord for a blessed night in the company of friends. 🙏🏼♥️