O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee my prayers, works and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Thy Sacred Heart, in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for all the intentions of our associates, and in particular for the general intention recommended this month. Amen.
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St John Chrysostom on the temptations of the devil
The five paths of repentance
Shall I list the paths of repentance? There are certainly many of them, many and various, and all of them lead to heaven.
The first path is the path of condemnation of sins. As Isaiah says, Tell your sins, and you will be acquitted. And the Psalmist adds: I said “I will bear witness against myself before the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. So you, too must condemn the sins you have committed. Condemn them, and that condemnation will excuse you in front of the Lord, since whoever condemns the sins he has committed will be slower to commit them next time. Stir up your own conscience to be your accuser – so that when you come before the judgement-seat of the Lord no-one will be rise up to accuse you.
This is the first path of repentance but the second is in no way inferior to it in excellence. It is to forget the harm done to us by our enemies, to master our anger, to forgive the sins of those who are slaves together with us. As much as we do this, so much will our own sins against the Lord be forgiven. So this is the second path to the expiation of our sins. As the Lord says, Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours.
Would you like to know the third path of repentance? It is prayer: fervent prayer, sincere and focused prayer, prayer coming from the depths of the heart.
If you want to know the fourth path, I will tell you it is the giving of alms. It has great power.
And finally, if someone acts with modesty and humility, that path is no less effective as a way to deprive sin of its substance. Look at the publican, who had no good deeds to speak of. In place of good deeds he offered humility, and the huge burden of his sins fell away.
So now I have shown you the five paths of repentance. First, condemnation of sins. Second, forgiving the sins of those near us. Third, prayer. Fourth, almsgiving. Fifth, humility.
So do not be idle, but every day advance along all these paths at once. They are not hard paths to follow. Poverty is no excuse for not setting out on the journey. Even if you are destitute you can do all these things: put aside anger, carry humility in front of you, pray hard, condemn your sins. Poverty is no obstacle – not even to that path of penitence that demands money: that is, almsgiving. Remember the story of the widow’s mite.
Now we have learnt the right way to heal our wounds, let us apply these remedies. Let us regain true health and confidently receive the blessings of Holy Communion. Thus we may come, filled with glory, to the glory of Christ’s kingdom, and receive its eternal joys through the grace, mercy and kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ.
25 January 2009, 初二, Memorial of St Angela Merici
It has been a challenging 2008. But by the grace of God I have made it through the chaos and toil.
I have survived mind flaying BSLC. I have endured the scorn of those who are stronger than I am. I am grateful for those who have stretched out their hand to me in my time of need. I am convinced that there is hope for sinners. I know the priest often preaches in vain, but there is hope still.
I have endured the trial of needles draining my blood everyday in SPEC II course at SMTI. I have found good friends. I have witnessed injustice and seen the true colours of many.Yet I felt some pride on Passing-Out-Parade day.
I have lasted six months in a unit with useless and absent superiors, complemented with unhelpful colleagues and subordinates. I know how it feels when your upperstudy leaves you to your own devices (leaving his share of duty for you to take as well). I know how it feels when you are dumped with menial tasks from idiot regulars. I have cleaned up the mess of others. I have received punishment for being at the wrong place, at the wrong time.
I have numbed my mind and dulled my senses through the greatest crisis, and emerged with success. I have kept my fingers (and myself) crossed when matters are beyond my control. I forced myself to work even though I could run away with good and acceptable reasons.
I have been berated by people I met for the first time, or never even met before. I have multi-tasked the movement of massive machines. I have borrowed them in one piece and returned them with some scratches.
I have survived the terror of both audit and ATEC. I have left rubbish behind, and when I returned it was still there waiting for me. I have been overseas. I have wandered around in a foreign city alone.
I have restarted the Mandarin youth legion at Nativity. I have rediscovered simplicity, and detested high jinks. I am thankful for those who worked harder than me.
I have seen the goodness in evil men, and the evil in good men. I have met good friends. I have kept good friends.
I have seen absolute anger and definite despair. I have dreamnt of gaining eternal joy and avoiding everlasting regret. I forgot how to pray, then I remembered once more.
It has been a good year, let us bless the Lord!
We praise you O God,
we acknowledge you to be the Lord;
all the earth now worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels cry aloud,
the heavens and all the powers therein;
to you cherubim and seraphim
continually do cry:
Holy, holy, holy
Holy Lord, God of Sabaoth,
heaven and earth are full of the
majesty of your glory.
The glorious company
of the apostles praise you,
the goodly fellowship
of the prophets praise you,
the noble army of martyrs praise you,
the holy Church throughout all the world
does acknowledge you:
the Father of an infinite majesty,
your adorable, true,
and only Son,
also the Holy Spirit, the counselor.
You are the King of glory, O Christ.
You are the everlasting Son of the Father.
When you took upon yourself
to deliver man,
you humbled yourself to be born of a virgin.
When you had overcome the sharpness of death,
you opened the kingdom
of heaven to all believers.
You sit at the right hand of God
in the glory of the Father.
We believe that you will come to be our judge.
We therefore pray you help your servants,
whom you have redeemed with your
Make them to be numbered
with your saints in glory everlasting.
O Lord save your people
and bless your heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify you,
and we worship your name,
world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord,
to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let your mercy be upon us,
as our trust is in you.
O Lord, in you have I trusted,
let me never be confounded.
I’ve been bugged by a bloody gum ulcer all week. At first I thought it was a wisdom tooth, but then using my tongue to feel it, it had the texture of an ulcer.
On Monday I decided to have some strong drink with my dinner, so I poured myself some Absolut Kurrant diluted with cold water. I don’t know why, but I like drinking vodka with tap water.
The next day I didn’t feel that much pain in my mouth. The ulcer seemed to be healing. Wow! Then a gain, maybe it was the increased Vitamin C I’ve been taking. I did have fruit this week.
But it’s kind of weird. Normally alcohol depletes your body’s supply of Vitamin C. But alcohol does have some disinfecting properties.
Either way, I’m happy. I didn’t even need to employ the use of kitchen salt. Have you ever put kitchen salt on your ulcers? It hurts like hell. This new method I discovered my accident is a better alternative.
Oh, the quantity I used was 1 part absolut kurrant and 4 parts water. Those of legal age, feel free to tweak the ratio. Do let me know your results.
Kids, don’t try this at home. Wait till you are 18. I don’t want to have my head tied to a giant stone and then thrown into the sea. ^_^
After 4 weeks, I have finally managed to crawl out of Gehenna for some ranting on this blog.
Tests are coming in hard and fast. SFG and MBID was all right. I haven’t studied for Proteomics yet. Shit.
On the other hand I’m trying to finish my technical essay for Biomedical Devices. Argh, I should have started long ago.
Ian Finian, it’s last semester and you’re still playing games instead of studying? Time to wake up, my friend.
In happier news, I actually won a prize in that essay contest I took part a few months back. The prize was $250 of Kino vouchers. Well I was expecting cash… but I figured that I should count my blessings. Laudate Dominum!
Unfortunately, I have been informed that the IMF group will only pay us in April 2007. What a atrocity! I have to wait till next year?! What am I supposed to live on now? Grass and water?
Tsk, I have no no end of worries. I’m trying to juggle school work, Legion, Geo Council and D&D Committee, and now I have to worry about money. I continue to worry about my brother, who never fails to frustrate my parents.
So much to say, but I rather not say it here.
Ok, time to dive back into the burning heaps of waste. Projects to do.
The remainder of my holidays were spent on the usual activities, being ccas and legion.
And I finally recieved the NYAA Gold award on 5 October. At last. At bloody last!
The last major legion event to occur was on 14 October. We had a picnic in the afternoon at Fort Canning, and Rosary Crusade at night at St Peter and St Paul. I was one of those carrying the statue of Mary. It was a good experience.
Pictures to come soon.
My holidays began in the forests of Punggol and ended in a church in Queen Street. And this semester’s weight will be heavier than Our Lady’s pedestral.