Papa Can You Hear Me?

Listening-to-God1With an ageing father who’s hard of hearing and has been suffering short term memory loss of late, our phone conversations are suffused with repetitions, reminders, and raised volume of my voice as we progress.

I recall once, years ago, he asked me why I was shouting at him. I told him that I wasn’t shouting, but that I’ve repeated myself already three times and simply wanted to be heard. He laughed heartedly and apologised for not hearing me the first three times. Despite my father’s hearing loss, he listens to me – superficial, emotional, political, theological, and philosophical matters alike. He has always made me feel special, that whatever I had to say was important. Continue reading

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The Wonder Woman

wonderwoman_polaroidAll throughout our salvation history, women have played vital roles; from the prophetesses Miriam and Deborah’s protagonism, to Judith and Esther’s victory for the Israelites, to Abigail’s intervention. All decisive actions of women to save God’s chosen people.

It is, however, in the New Testament that the story of the greatest woman who ever lived is told. It was, after all, the Blessed Virgin Mary’s “Yes” that paved the way for our Saviour to be born. Although she was predestined to be the Mother of God, she had the free will to agree to God’s proposal. Such a powerful “Yes” that was. Continue reading

All You Need is Love

Image by Steve Browne

Image by Steve Browne

Back in 1967, The Beatles were supposedly asked to come up with a song with a message easily understood by everyone.  According to Brian Epstein, the band’s manager then, “It was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message. The nice thing about it is that it cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.”

Almost 50 years have passed since the song “All You Need is Love” was first performed and released as a single, but its universal theme transcends time.

It was, after all, Christ, himself, who started it all. When asked what was the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-40), Jesus replied: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbour as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”

Thus, I find it quite fitting that Valentine’s Day (almost) always comes before Lent. Continue reading

Of Childhood Heroes, the Holy Child, and Childlike Faith

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“Look, up in the sky – It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” Save for not having a good fashion sense,  Superman is the greatest comic book superhero of all time and has always been my favourite even as a child.  He’s selfless, just, compassionate, righteous, and a natural leader. Practically invulnerable, too.

Watching recently at home the “Man of Steel” movie with my husband and kids, I couldn’t help noting the parallelism director Zack Snyder made between Superman and Jesus Christ. I guess it was there from the very beginning the superhero was conceptualised, but it was made more evident in the film: only son sent to save the world; the image of Jesus in the Agony in the Garden behind Clark Kent when he seeks the counsel of a priest; revealing himself in public and sacrificing himself for the sake of mankind at the age of 33; diving down to save Lois Lane, spreading his arms out like a crucifix. Continue reading

Celebrating Marriage as It is Rightly Defined

entourageFifteen years ago, my husband and I exchanged “I do’s” and  promised forever. That was on the 15th of August 1998.

We are among those blessed to get married on the Feast of Our Lady of Assumption. We didn’t actually plan to, but Our Lady must surely have had a hand on the date.  We wanted to get married in August, and when we went to the parish registrar to reserve a Saturday afternoon, the 8th was already fully booked; the 22nd would have been my mother’s birthday and I didn’t want my wedding to overshadow her special day. It was not until a few days later that we realised we were going to get married on the Assumption. Continue reading

Battling for Life Behind Abortion Clinic’s Closed Doors

behind-closed-doors-1The following, written by Christina Martin was posted on Live Action News.  It is an incredible story of the power of prayer, of using our own stories to reach abortion vulnerable women and of courage.  Christina’s mother walked away from abortion, even after paying the doctor for it.  Her mother’s confession when Christina was a young adult convinced her she must fight for others who might not be so lucky.

“I will set him in the safety for which he longs”. The verse from Psalm 12:5 floated through my mind as hot tears rushed down my cheeks. “Set him in the safety?” I assumed it was God telling me the baby my friends and I we’re earnestly praying for was aborted and now safe in heaven. I had every reason to believe that must be the case. Continue reading

Courageous mum offered apology from hospital

Toni and her daughter Ava.

Toni and her daughter Ava.

The courageous mum, Toni, who refused an abortion after medical “experts” told her that her unborn baby would not survive, has been given an apology by Waikato Hospital.

Representatives from Waikato Hospital, who initially saw Toni, visited her at home and apologised that the service she received was “not up to scratch”.  They are still working through the families concerns.

Toni had been diagnosed with preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) during her pregnancy with daughter Ava.  Doctors at Waikato Hospital told Toni after scans that her baby would not survive and had no facial bones and organs were missing.  She was advised to “terminate”.

Toni and her family did not give up hope. Continue reading

My Daughter’s Poem

This year, I celebrated Mothers Day three times. The first, on the actual day, 12 May, with breakfast prepared by my husband, Mass at our parish, lunch out and a movie with my family (We watched The Croods on 3D — a wholesome movie about family and changes — a rare treat as it has been ages since we all went to the theatre.), and takeaway dinner. No chores and a fun-filled, relaxing day for me.

The second was on the 18 May, for the Mothers Day High Tea at the Fernhall Study Centre that’s under the spiritual formation of the Opus Dei, wherein Club 56, the club for girls ages 8-12 that my daughter belongs to, organised. For about a minute when my 9-year-old daughter told me about the event, I considered skipping it altogether as I already know what the study centre is all about and the benefits of encouraging my daughter to join their activities. Plus, the fact that I was the co-organiser of the Mothers Day event of the Santo Niño Devotees that was scheduled on the same afternoon (the third celebration). Continue reading

To Be Like You

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Image from TheGodGuy.wordpress.com

To follow without question,
I’ve always had a problem with that.
I answer a query with another;
all the why’s, hows, and whats.

To live simply and not want more.
I continuously struggle with.
I keep dreaming, wishing, acquiring things;
never seem to have enough.

To be the wind so someone greater can fly,
I’m not sure I know how.
I tend to be at the centre of it all
and bask under the light. Continue reading

MP Maurice Williamson Dances to Nihilist Beat

Image from Nihilists.net

Image from Nihilists.net

From the cheering headlines to the clamour on the social media, one could easily have suspected that a new Martin Luther King had arrived,and that the “I have a Dream” oration had been eclipsed.

Maurice Williamson’s speech to the New Zealand Parliament during the third reading of the bill to redefine marriage prompted a cacophony of ululating, and the unlikely hero was instantly elevated to a celebrity status normally reserved for intellectual heavyweights like Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber.

Yahoo News Canada praised Maurice’s “intelligence and wit”, the New York Times called the speech “rip-roaring and impassioned”, and Ellen DeGeneres asked the National Party’s Demosthenes to appear on her show. Gay Rights bloggers gloated that the dashing knight errant had skewered the otherwise inconsequential arguments of their opponents on his lance.

To be sure, Williamson was by turns impassioned, indignant, and ingratiating, but the lasting impression he left on any rational listener would have been one of unmitigated inanity. The speech was fallacious nonsense from beginning to end.
Let’s take it point by point. Continue reading

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