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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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It is About Our Humanity

Day 3/10 - Hello. Will you help me? “But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight” - Luke 10:33 READ Compassion motivated the Samaritan traveler not to pass by. It motivated him to stop, to open his ears to listen to the injured man and to give him what he wanted. Compassion urges us to “be a neighbour” to all those whom we see in difficulty. Being compassionate means recognising and understanding the suffering of the other and taking immediate action to help.  When we open our hearts to the other, it enables…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It is About Charity

Day 2/10 of the Migrant Sunday reflection, we ask: "What is Charity?" “For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?” (Matthew 5: 43 – 48) Through works of charity, we demonstrate our faith. The highest form of charity is that shown to those unable to reciprocate and thank us in return. At work we help someone but when we ask the person for help, they turn us down or worst still they make things difficult for us. We are disappointed and hurt. The truth is that it…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It is Also About Our Fears.

Day 1/10 of the Migrant Sunday reflection, we spend some time to look at our fears. “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” (Mt 14:27) Sometimes fears are legitimate but they become an obstacle when it conditions our way of thinking - to the point of making us intolerant and closed. Fear keeps us from encountering the Lord in another person. Read Pope Francis's Migrant Sunday Message here PAUSE AND REFLECT What is/are my fear(s)? How do I allow my fear(s) affect my way of relating to others? What would help me overcome my fear(s)? SHARE YOUR REFLECTIONS…

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2019 World Migrant Sunday

It's Not Just About Migrants But About All Of Us. As ACMI and the church in Singapore, we celebrate Migrant Sunday in Singapore on 22 September. On this occasion, we celebrate the lives of Migrants and their presence. “You must love your neighbour as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) This year, Pope Francis invites us to reflect not just on the plight of the migrants and their struggles. But to open our minds, reflect and address our own wounds, hurts and pain first before responding to the needs of our migrant brothers and sisters. Because: “It is not only the cause of…

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Open My Heart

ESTHER CHIA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ACMI SHARES HER JOURNEY IN ACMI I was the ideal Catholic who ticked all the boxes. I attended mass every Sunday, served in a ministry in my parish and contributed weekly to the offertory at masses. I was comfortable and believed that what I was doing in my faith was enough. However, I started feeling this tugging in my heart that I could give more of myself and my time to others. The opportunity arose when I was invited to interview for the role as Executive Director at ACMI. I was offered the role but was…

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