It all began with growing up in a faith-filled family. Saturday mornings – a time when most kids would be with their parents at the beach or park. Yet, I was in the middle pews at the Novena Church with my parents, attending the Novena Services - having to memorise and say the novena prayers.
My COVID-19 ordeal started four days after I arrived home from the UK at the end of March. I was not tested on arrival, so the moment I got home, I disinfected my luggage and self-isolated in my room as not to put the other six members of my household at risk.
In the last days of March, my son Jonathan tested positive for COVID-19 four days after he returned from London where he was doing postgraduate studies, and one day into the 14-day Stay Home Notice period my husband and I were serving because of our overseas trip.
Amanda shares about her attraction to the religious life, despite an initial reluctance to it. She invites youths to ask, 'What do you want of me, God? And be sincere about it.' Then, she was inquiring with the Carmelites, yet she wanted to stick to her own plan.
Most of us are familiar with the parable about the rich young man who probably lived a righteous life and sought for more. However, when Jesus asked him to sell all he had and follow him, the rich young man went away sad and downcast because he was a man of much treasures (riches). Two words feature prominently: “treasures” and “choices”.
Three things asked of us during Lent are praying, fasting, and almsgiving. Almsgiving is actually the most difficult task of the three because we are called to give without being calculative, and to give more than just money.
When I was growing up, I had what many would consider a privileged lifestyle. I had tons of toys and branded clothes, attended enrichment programmes, and travelled the world with my parents. Yet, I always felt sad and empty as if there was something missing in my life.
Growing up, Roland was often left alone to his own devices as his parents were busy at work, he was distracted from studies with activities such as drinking and hanging out with his friends. At Boys' Town, he found his purpose in life – to help and serve others.