Allocutio Legion of Mary 15 July 2012, for Our Lady of Lourdes praesidium, North Curia, Singapore Senatus
This week reading is about Jesus commissioning his disciples to preach the good news. As part of the Legion of Mary, we are also commissioned to preach good news to our neighbor, since we are in the apostolic ministry. But what is the good news that we are telling to our neighbors ?
Our good news is not about doing charity and good work, following and obeying 10 commandments, going to church, and so on. There’s no good news about it. The good news is about:
That God is real
We have met Him in person, and we are still meeting Him personally every Sunday in our Eucharist. Many people still wonder whether God is real or not. They’re going for meditation, fasting, pilgrimage to sacred places, and do a lot of things, and still finding God is a vague concept. Some even don’t believe He’s exist. Some become disappointed for not finding Him, and reject His existence. But, we are here seeing him everyday in our live and seeing Him in person in our communion. What a great news that your neighbor should hear !!
That God loves us for whoever we are
Jesus didn’t come for the good, holy person. He came for the sinners. Church is not for the holy person, but for everyone, specially us the sinners. I think the thought that we are rewarded based on what we are doing is incorrect when you are talking about our God. Our God is not accountant. He doesn’t take and give based on our performance. He simply gives, and forgives our fault. If we are in trouble, he will be with us, regardless our sins and faults. Even when we are in sin against Him, He would take the first step to approach us. Our God is not the judging God. His mercy is endless. What a great news that you should tell your neighbor !!
That there’s life far more better after this
One of the most devastating state of mind is that there’s no hope. People would go suicide once they cannot find a hope to hang on. For people who’s in trouble, God promises us better life ahead after this one (and we believe it because our Lord has been risen, defeating the death). For people who bored with their life, already have almost anything that they have in their mind, this hope is not about getting better life, but being complete and happy to find their true life purpose, as what St Augustine said “our heart is restless until it rests in God”. Tell this good news as well to your neighbor, for their perseverance, difficulties in life, and happiness would not go unnoticed by God.
So, in conclusion, remember these things about the good news when people ask you: That we have found God, that God loves us, and God is giving us the hope of our life.
What kind of topic for small talk with your colleagues when you work in Singapore ? Well, if you are new in Singapore, here’s some small topic idea to start.
Apartments / House
Start with “where do you live” or “which area do you live”. Then continue with “how big is your house”, “how much room that you have”, “how much does it cost”. Or continue with “I know some of my friend who bought the house in that area spent XXX thousands of money”.
Start with “have you tried XXX food at XXX”. Then wait for the response before continue with “I tried the same food at other XXX area, it’s nice / better / worse / more expensive / cheaper”. Be prepared if people ask you “how much do you spend for XXX food there ?”
Vacation / Travel
Start with “have you been to XXX”. Then wait for the response. Probably he / she will tell you where have he / she been for holiday. Then replied with “have you seen XXX specific of that area also ?”. Be prepared if they ask you “how much do you spend for the air tickets ?” or “how much that you spent there”.
Branded stuffs are always part of Singapore. When I talked to a friend that I played badminton, the first question was “what racket that you use (referring to Yonex or other brand) ?”. When you are regular runner, don’t be surprised if someone ask you, “what shoes that you wear to run (referring to Adidas, Nike, or Reebok or other kind of branded sport shoes)”.
So, if you are new in Singapore, be prepared to be gauged by the money that you have. They won’t ask you how much that you earn, but they definitely will ask you how much that you spent.
Not comfortable ? Well, money talks in this city, including the small talk ones.
Translation is based on http://www.sesawi.net/2012/04/16/hosti-berdarah-di-gereja-santo-fransiskus-xaverius-kidul-loji-yogyakarta/ The miracle is not approved yet by Church authority, but I hope this translation gives testimony to those who are in doubt that the Jesus Christ is truly present in our Eucharistic communion.
It happened in Church of St Franciscus Xaverius, at Jalan Panembahan Senopati 22, Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. The locals known the church with the name of Church of Kidul Loji (Kidul = South, Loji = Building)
The miracle happened at Divine Mercy Sunday, 15 April 2012, during the Eucharist mass, which was led by Fr. V. Suparman Pr (one of resident priest at Church of Kidul Loji). The story was retold to the media through the mailing list of the Indonesian Catholic Journalist Association (PWKI), by Fr Noegroho Agoeng Pr, Chairman of the Public Relation of Semarang Archdiocese
“The mass, up to Eucharist liturgy, was running well”, said Fr Noegroho Agoeng Pr. During the communion, one of the communion minister gave the host to one of the teenager. “When the host was about to be received, suddenly the host fell down”, said Fr Noegroho Agoeng
The communion minister was looking around the host, but couldn’t find it. “The kid was then given another host to be received. Then communion continued as usual”, added Fr. Agoeng.
After the communion done, the communion minister reported to the priest in tremble about the lost host. The priest then went looking for the missing host, along with the communion minister members. Nearby the communion distribution place, they found a lump of blood, which looked like the host. The priest then cleaned up the blood using the purificatorium (cloth to clean the chalice) and the holy water.
The communion minister who distributed the host, the teenager, the mother of the teenager and several parishioners were asked to pray together to ask for forgiveness.
The used purificatorium then soaked in the piscina in the chapel, to remove the blood stain. At 12.00AM, Fr. Suparman Pr., along with Fr. Saryanto Pr. (Vicaris Episcopalis of Yogyakarta region) came to look closer at the purificatorium. The wet part of it was still wet, and the blood stain was faded. The dry part of the cloth has the dried blood stain mark (red-brown), and smells fragrant.
I opened my mail, and I found that someone just sent me this email:
From: riswal hanafi
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2012 6:21 AM
To: Daniel Widyanto
Subject: program mikro arm
Sebelumnya mohon maaf mengganggu bapak.
Saya mohon dibuatkan program menggunakan mikro arm dengan data sbb :
Pulsa keluaran dari function generator dengan frekwensi 15 kHz – 65 kHz berupa pulsa ekor panjang dikuatkan oleh penguat linear LM 318 sehingga pulsa keluarannya .berupa pulsa semi gaussian dengan lebar pulsa 5 – 8 mikrosekon.
Pulsa keluaran tersebut diolah pleh pengolah sinyal dengan pulsa keluaran berupa digital dengan lebar pulsa 0,5 mikrosekon
Pulsa tersebut masukan bagi mikro arm untuk di cacah. hasil cacahannya ditampilkan pd lcd grafik berupa grafik linear.
Untuk lebih lengkapnya akan saya kirim tulisan saya berikutnya
Demikian permohonan saya, saya tunggu jawabannya
Riswal hanafi srg
Or could be translated as:
Sorry for disturbing you.
I would like you to make a program from ARM microcontroller with these specifications:
For the details I will send you my next email.
Hence, my request. I will wait for your reply.
Riswal hanafi srg
So, I replied:
Saya tidak berminat mengerjakan pekerjaan Bapak.
Terima kasih atas perhatiannya
I am not interested doing your work.
Thank you for your attention