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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Be Kind!

I have let the weeks slip by without much of an entry from me!

It's the added work and responsibilities involved in dealing with the formation for an added member into the Seminary's community - Justin Yip (Star of the Sea) - our 1st. year student, that had occupied most of my activities, among other things (e.g. Priestly Life)

Still Lent carries on regardless and we are now almost reaching the into the 4th Week of Lent, where this coming Sunday's Lent celebration has been named as Laetare Sunday. Just for that Sunday, the vestments will be rose colored!

In our journey of this 40 days in preparation towards Easter, we also speak and be impressed upon by the following great and traditional works of mercy: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. That is fine and well. However, for most of the time we tend to just stay on the superficial level of doing them and doing them well, without much reflection as to what it really is taking us all into. We can also feel rather elated and proud to have achieve some level of accomplishment when we have completed them or, at least, attempted them to some satisfactory degree. It is all about giving up something - chocolates, TV, movies, etc. With the proliferation of smartphones and the ubiquity of the iPhone, giving up something doesn't seem at all fantastic any more, unless one also will consider these items - in that we let go having these items controlling our lives where we have to go to sleep with them on our beds!

Hence, the video above is the most down-to-earth advice on  how we can truly observe Lent and be able to  take this with us for the rest of our lives, for this is really the real fruit after all our prayer, fasting and almsgiving - be kind, people! Be kind!

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