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I Found My Place Of Belonging

Theresa Shares About Her Journey In Singapore And How She Came To Find Her Place Of Belonging.  I first came to Singapore in 1982 for my studies. I came alone, not knowing anyone from here. Coming from a big family, I was the eldest of ten. My family was close-knit and my parents always taught us to look out for one another. Thus, from a close-knit family, it was natural that I sought out a place of belonging in Singapore. Seeking Out Friends and A Place Of Belonging. To make more friends, I joined several singing and choral groups. These…

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Moved To Pray For Others
Ignatius, second from right; spending time with migrant workers at the Bread Basket Programme with parishioners from St Mary of the Angels.

Moved To Pray For Others

Ignatius Shares About The Power of Prayer. I’m always moved by the suffering of others.  I always try to put myself in the other persons shoes and try to understand their pain and sorrow.  I too have gone through some periods of pain in my life. During such periods, others have stopped, listened and loved.  Moved with Compassion. So why was I moved to feel for them?  While the reason for suffering is different, I think the feeling that the other feels is often the same.  That longing for peace, understanding and compassion.  The desire to be understood by the other person and to be loved. …

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Looking at the needs of others

Daniel Yeo recounts how his eyes were open to look beyond himself and his needs. I grew up during a period of Singapore where things were quite comfortable, and I was ignorant of the poverty that existed.  Living in my own vacuum I was more concerned about my own life, career and ambitions.   All this began to change after the sudden passing of my mum. I began to ask questions on the purpose of my life and God.  Come and See... With the support of a friend, I joined the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process to know more about God.   I learnt concepts about unconditional love, being the Good Samaritan and loving my neighbour as myself…

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Recognising My Fears and Being Free

Esther Chia shares about her experience of fear and prejudice towards migrants and her realisation after that.  I used to think that the news was not very helpful. It focused a lot on the bad news and only on the bad things that migrants do. But what about me? I found myself generally prejudiced towards migrant workers and to those who are different from me. I used to avoid them. The migrants were invisible to me and I did not acknowledge their existence. It had been a long while since I have taken the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), and I…

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Promote and Integrate

Day 10/10 - Promote and Integrate “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” - Luke 4: 18 – 19  READ This is the last day of our reflection and sharing! We hope that the last nine days has allowed you to take a journey to the heart and find healing. "It's not just about migrants,…

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Welcome and Protect

Day 9/10 - Welcome and Protect “Come you who are blessed by my father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was a stranger and you welcomed me… Lord, when did we see you a stranger and welcome you?  Amen I say to you. Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25: 34b, 35, 37, 40) READ It all starts from when we were little, excluding a classmate different from us at the playground or not inviting them to a party. This is probably…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: But About All Of Us

Day 8/10 - It Is About Us! “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19) READ It is so much easier to speak to people around us who share the same thoughts and ideas. It is so much easier to ride off someone as just another beggar on the street, foreigner or cleaner. But have we stopped to consider they too are just like you and I? Moving, living and breathing.   Yes, brothers and sisters it is hard, to step…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It Is About Building The City Of God And Man

Day 7/10 - We Built This City! “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19) READ Look all around you, the MRT, the roads, the HDB flats, hospitals and many more. Who helped us achieved such progress in our little red dot. Was it just us? No, the migrants too. They helped us build this city too.   In our time, which can also be called the era of migration, many innocent people fall victim to the “great deception” of limitless…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It Is About The Whole Person About All People

Day 6/10 - What is the full life? “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10) READ In Jesus’ words, we encounter the very heart of his mission: to see that all receive the gift of life in its fullness, according to the will of the Father.   In all that we do, we must always put the person at the center, including the spiritual dimension. Consequently, “development cannot be restricted to economic growth alone. To be authentic, it must be well-rounded; it must foster the development of each man and of the whole man”…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It Is About Putting The Last In First Place

Day 5/10 - The Logic Of The World “Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all” (Mark 10:43-44) READ Jesus Christ asks us not to yield to the logic of the world, which justifies injustice to others for my own gain or that of my group. “Me first, and then the others!” Instead, the true motto of the Christian is, “The last shall be first!” An individualistic spirit is fertile soil for the growth of that kind of indifference towards our neighbours which leads…

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