Archive for the ‘Testimonies’ Category

Mary…

Posted: October 10, 2019 by CatholicJules in Testimonies

Brought a tear to my eye, the bit about Jeremiah their son crawling to dad…

https://stpaulcenter.com/how-a-protestant-embraced-mary-as-mother/

Sharing..

Posted: October 10, 2019 by CatholicJules in Testimonies

Sharing by a brother in Christ Augustine Ng *“… ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…”*

Last evening as I was preparing /selecting the hymns for this morning mass, I came to this song. Knock knock (page 343)

It is very much inline with the gospel reading today. But I didn’t know the tune, tried to search on the internet but couldn’t find the hymn/tune either. I prayed to God to lead me to another hymn at His Will, a hymn that is inline with the gospel reading that I know the tune so that I can lead the hymn during morning mass.

By the guidance of Holy Spirit, With only one flip, I came to the following hymn “Glory to God on High” page 69. Take a look at verse 3… I was speechless, I could only only admire, adore and give thanks to His Almighty. Even I knew this hymn, I never expect verse 3 (we seldom sing) of this hymn is similar to the first hymn I chose which is very much inline with the gospel reading. These two hymns are almost 300 pages apart with similar lyric – “… Seek and you shall find..” When I came to this, I felt the the Holy Spirit ran through my body. As I share this, the focus is not on me, it is on the work of Holy Spirit.

Verse 3:
Seek and you will find
Ask and He will give
Trust the Lord with all our might
And then we’ll always live

May we learn to see God in everything we do. If we fail to see God in small things we do, we probably would fail to see Him in bigger things.

Scripture reading from the Lauds. Indeed each of us (you and me included) has received a special grace. We must use this grace with heart for God. We must be good stewards responsible for all these difference graces of God so that we can grow and get closer to Him, in everything we do we give glory to God through Jesus Christ.

Testimony…

Posted: October 8, 2019 by CatholicJules in Testimonies

Sharing from a brother in Christ Ivan (focolare) …

Good morning , wish to share my experience with you.
Yesterday I accompanied a Chinese worker to the National Eye Centre for check up. His right eye was blinded in an assault by his colleagues and left eye has blur vision with hearing deterioration and memory loss. His outstanding medical is over 10K as his employer refused to pay the hospital bill. Before going, we were prepared to be chased for bill settlement and even to be rejected for treatment if we couldn’t pay. Another barrier is the language as doctors may not speak Mandarin. That’s why I was asked to go with him. We prayed before we arriving at the Hospital as the worker was just recently baptised. Amazingly, we were not asked about any payment before and after the treatment and the Indian lady ophthalmologist even spoke Mandarin!.. She was very compassionate and asked the worker about his future plans. We spent 5 hours in the Eye Centre but the long wait was all worthwhile. I gained unexpected knowledge on Ophthalmology and most importantly, I could spend precious time with the worker.

Thank God for giving me a chance to love Him in our brother.✝

Conversion Story

Posted: September 28, 2019 by CatholicJules in Testimonies

If you’ve watched the video above and loved it then you’ll be blown away by Father Don’s own conversion story. One of the most powerful testimonies ever of God’s love and mercy.

Sharing by a Sister in Christ

Posted: September 14, 2019 by CatholicJules in Testimonies

Eileen from our CG LOL Small Christian Community

Bear with me, my lol brothers and sisters. I’d like to share my christ encounter with you.

Svdp had corporal works of mercy today. I didn’t sign up for old folks home but was posted there. I knew God had a reason for putting me in the aged home instead of children’s home.

We had colouring activity. This old catholic man refused to colour any of the pictures (flowers, gumball, ice cream) because he did not like any of them. He insisted on a lighthouse picture but we did not have. He was adamant about a lighthouse picture with boats. I didn’t think I could draw well so asked a 21 year old girl to draw. She couldn’t draw too and i ended up copying the pic from Google.
I drew a lighthouse and boats that he wanted. I didn’t think I did a good job with the drawing and colouring. The old man told me he fell in a lighthouse before.
I also wrote a bible verse at the bottom of the picture.
“Oli, you are the light of the world.” (Matt5:14)
And around the lighthouse, I wrote “Jesus is the eternal light.”
He looked at my picture n the words and repeated the verse. I think he was moved because he took off his specs twice and rubbed his teary eyes. I was moved too. The lighthouse meant a lot to him and to me. There were many people who were lighthouse to me, in my moments of darkness. Others brought light and christ to me, now it was my turn to bring light n christ to him.
The old man took my lighthouse pic (he was so delighted!), went to his bedside and wedged the picture in his bible. 😭

LISS Testimony

Posted: September 8, 2019 by CatholicJules in Testimonies

( My LISS grouping of 2018 which I facilitated)

Life in the Spirit Seminar (LISS) Testimony

“I am with you always, until the end of time”
Matthew 28:20

I recalled last October 2018 when I was going through a very difficult period in my life on my professional and personal front, Sharon from Emmanuel Charismatic encouraged me to sign up for the Life in the Spirit Seminar. Honestly-speaking, I was rather doubtful and skeptical whether it would make any difference. However, I was feeling so down and hopeless that I was willing to try anything if my life could be on track again.

During the 8-week journey, I did not see any dramatic changes, but I soldiered on trusting that God would show me the way eventually. The changes came very gradually but surely, I started noticing that my response to difficulties started to change. In the past, I would face each issue with gloom and doom but after the LISS, I could calmly surrender my problems to Jesus with relatively more ease. Peace would descend upon me each time I let go and let God take over. What was interesting was that my personal situation remained grim, in fact, there was a period after the LISS, my situation worsened but I continued to call out to the Holy Spirit to guide me. Step by step, my life slowly transformed, and things started to be on track again.

Fast forward to today, problems remains in my life, however, my walk with Jesus has changed dramatically. Whenever I pray, I can see clearer what to ask, what God’s plan is for me, all within the framework of a submissive heart, free from worldly objectives. There is now a place in my heart where God’s love is untouched and unaffected by the events of this earth. I have become increasingly sensitive to wrong – both in all that surrounds me and in myself. I will feel deeply that “wrong” where once I merely “observed” it.

So, my dear Sisters and Brothers, I urge you to take that first step to come and join the LISS,

● Come because God is calling you – It is not coincidental that you are reading this;

● Come even you are unsure whether you can commit to the 8-week journey – Do your part, God will do the rest;

● Come even though you are afraid, and no one is accompanying you – God will find companions to walk with you during this journey;

May God bless you all the days of your life!

With Love
Catherine Lim

Sharing of a dear brother in Christ…❤️

Posted: August 4, 2019 by CatholicJules in Testimonies

I was baptised on Mar 31 at Easter Vigil in 2018. My name is Meng and I’m now Jude-Maria too.

RCIA was an express train for me …

I had sought acceptance to the Catholic Church with a RCIA waiver.

My main justifications for this request ?

I had attended the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches in Singapore previously and was nearly baptised in the Russian Church if not for work which took me to be based in Vietnam. My wife belongs to the Russian Orthodox denomination.

From 2016 to 2017, I had also started attending Holy Hours, Fatima processions, masses.

Even before I understood the Blessed Sacrament of the Most Holy Sacred Host, I must have holed up in adoration rooms in at least quite a few Catholic Churches countless times since 2010.

My (eventual) god-mother then arranged for me to meet some priests to justify my case of getting the RCIA waiver in October 2017.

I met Fr Michael ARRO first and he rightly insisted on the need for a “basic education” and introduction so that I can better understand the church, and especially since i was not illiterate.

I then met Fr Edward LIM the following week from meeting Fr Arro, and strangely in a session that didn’t take too long, I ended up asking Fr Ed if he was willing to admit me into his RCIA program even though it was nearly at half-way point …

RCIA : was my first taste of COMMUNITY
Of course, now in retrospect I can see how we Inquirers or Catechumens were bubbled wrapped and babied by brothers and sisters in the RCIA ministry and oftentimes also the active members of other ministries of Sts Peter & Paul (SPP). My catchup coach for RCIA was himself by then pursuing his Neocatechumenal Way with his wife. What rich diversity even at the beginning. And the workers for God’s work at RCIA speak volumes about how important such ministries and communities are.

After baptism, we were encouraged to join ministries. I am aware and still know these are wise and practical suggestions. To quote St Josemaria Escriva, “Conversion is the task of a moment; sanctification is the work of a lifetime.”

But journeying without companions must be the “Road to Emmaus when Jesus did not show up” (an episode that doesn’t exist) – for a neophyte, a returning Catholic, a born-again Catholic, a Catholic who graduated from CER, etc …

Some circumstances took me out of the post-baptism RCIA sessions at SPP and also ministering options which will work for me seem few …

God know better – I had been attending Catholic Prayer Society lunchtime masses since 2018 before baptism – the reflection session in the announcement after mass on 2018 May 2 finally activated me and called me to action. I contacted brother Julian whose face and name I recognised – he was an ex-colleague whom I didn’t know personally then and he invited me ‘to come and see’.

What happens at these Ephraim reflection sessions ?
It is primarily a get-together of people who work in the Changi Business Park area. Catholics, Christians, or folks open-minded to a session of up to 60-minute, where we read then reflected on sacred scripture and shared our thoughts (therefore reflections). ‘Where two or three gather in my name, I will be there among them.’

Usually we reflected on scriptures for the upcoming Sunday during Ordinary Time. At Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas, we do use the materials provided by the Office of New Evangelism (ONE).

I attended my first reflection, then a second and a third and it went on throughout 2018 to the first 4 months of 2019. Those who attended who were just another Catholic to me initially, became members of a community who were supportive, humble, sincere – we all came together to share, our love of God, and sometimes our personal struggles, at work or at home or at church – the spirit of the community is communicated outside of our meetings in our WhatsApp group where we shared, requests for prayers, materials useful for formation and activities and events of the greater Catholic community in Singapore …

I soon attended my first reflection session for SCC (Small Christian Community) for Lecterns, Choir, etc led by Fr Terence PEREIRA. I began to sing at choir for CPS Changi and the “greeter party” to welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Ephraim became a place of solace, a joyful 60-minute, away from the hectic demands at work or home – a piece of heaven here in my earthly pilgrimage – to meet members of the body of Christ – my first community of fellow-sinners and prayfully fellow-Saints-to-be.

With the experience of Ephraim – our community, this must have been one of the activation-moment for me, I proceeded to have less reservations with regards to Catholic programs – I will respond to calls to come and see, solicited or those I chance on…

Also, to be engaged with other “communities” in addition to Ephraim – journeying with brothers and sisters in our continued Catechism and formation. I was even able to volunteer to carry Our Lady of Carmel in the annual procession of 2018, attended my first silent retreat with Opus Dei, etc.

There are some personal constraints on what I can offer to God in ministries consistently at parish churches at the moment, I continue to pray and I thank God for the communities He was able to arrange bespoked for me.

For the love of God, we pray for you who are unable to participate in communities outside of your own household, social and work networks. We invite you to ‘come and see’, as a community that continues to grow by help from the Holy Spirit, the Word and examples Jesus left us in the Gospels, and God the loving Father who longs for the prodigal child’s return.

Come and see, or pray to God for you to find a community suitable for you today.