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Integration – Going Beyond Understanding Differences

We continue to reflect on the 4 verbs presented by Pope Francis in his message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Calls for integration, goes beyond understanding the differences of another culture and practice. It takes effort and time to walk and journey with others. Integration requires sharing, giving and receiving what we have with another. Join us in the reflection below: Mike Arents from The Netherlands shares his experiences going beyond recoginising differences to becoming vulnerable and sharing his life with Singaporeans in the community: "Our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be…

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Is Money The Only Way To Help A Person?

We continue to reflect on the 4 verbs presented by Pope Francis in his message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Giving money to someone to help them through their difficulties is simple and is quick. But how many have gone ahead encourage another person to grow in their gifts and talents? Or even to face up to their fears and try something new? Join us in the reflection below: Thidar, from Myanmar shares about her experience of growth working in Singapore. She strives to help her fellow foreign workers, foster communication and understanding with their employers…

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What Does It Mean To Protect A Person?

We continue to reflect on the 4 verbs presented by Pope Francis in his message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. When you think of the word protect, what often comes to mind? Is it someone of strength protecting the weak? It is often intimidating to put to practice when we think of it in such terms. But often, we practice the virtue of protect in our daily living - Be it looking out for our loved ones or doing our best at a task at hand. Join us in the reflection below: Hear a sharing of…

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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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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It Is Seeing That No One Is Excluded

Day 4/10 - That All May Be One. “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones...  it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.” - Matthew 18:10-14 READ Today’s world is increasingly becoming more elitist towards those who are excluded. Developing countries continue to be drained of their best natural and human resources for the benefit of a few privileged markets. In Singapore, we see an incoming of migrants from developing countries. All those that come often wish to make a better life for themselves,…

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