Thought for January 2015

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Pope-Francis-meets-MediaWhat did you do for your brother?

Pope Francis said that God will ask each of us: What did you do for your brother? (cf. Gen 4:9-10).

In his World Day of Peace Message 2015, Pope Francis called for a global mobilization to combat human trafficking and slavery, appealing to consumers to shun goods that may have been produced by exploited workers.

In his message, the pope denounced the “general indifference” that allows such practices to flourish.

“We are facing a global phenomenon which exceeds the competence of any one community or country. In order to eliminate it, we need a mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself,” he said in the message sent to heads of state and government, international institutions and religious leaders.

While he has told governments and institutions to do more to stop human trafficking and modern slavery, this time he emphasized individual social responsibility.

“Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral and not simply an economic act,” he said in his six-page message, titled “No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters”. (page 6)

He called on individuals and communities to “feel challenged … when we are tempted to select items which may well have been produced by exploiting others.  Some of us, out of indifference, or financial reasons, or because we are caught up in our daily concerns, close our eyes to this.”

Francis also denounced “the growing scourge of man’s exploitation by man” and said governments must do more to combat organized crime groups responsible for human trafficking. – www.huffingtonpost.com

Jan 09

Diocesan Education Commission meets

IMG_9669LAHAD DATU – Members of the Diocesan Education Commission convened at St Dominic’s Church for their second meeting and formation session for 2014 on 29th and 30th November.

The meeting touched on five main items: Proposed Constitution, Roles and Functions, Instrument of Governance, Constitution for Alumni in Mission Schools, and Government Grants (Federal and State). Continue reading

Jan 09

More rooms for SHC Catechetical

IMG_5478KOTA KINABALU – In conjunction with the 3-in-1 special events of the parish on Nov 23, the newly constructed rooms at the basement of the Sacred Heart parish center were officially blessed and declared open by Archbishop John Wong.

The parish has traditionally been celebrating the 3-in-1, namely, the Feast of Christ the King, the Anniversary Dedication of the Cathedral, and the pastoral visit of the Archbishop to the parish annually. Continue reading

Jan 09

‘The Greatest Violence against Women’

Anne and Pope Francis (1)VATICAN CITY – Sixty young people from various faiths around the world, including Sweden, Kenya, Albania, Cambodia and Mexico came together for the Youth Symposium on Prostitution and Human Trafficking on Nov 14-16 at Casina Pio IV, Vatican. The event was organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Interfaith Global Freedom Network and Vinculos en Red, an anti-trafficking NGO based in Argentina. From Malaysia, Good Shepherd was represented by Joseph Loh, a volunteer of the Good Shepherd Foundation in Taiwan and myself. Continue reading

Jan 09

Feast of Immaculate Mary on Marian Mount

unnamedSANDAKAN – Around 120 parishioners including Bishop Julius, Fr Phillip Muji, the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Franciscan Sisters commemorated the Feast of Immaculate Conception beginning with the recitation of the Holy Rosary along the Rosary Corridor at Marian mount, and concluding with the Eucharistic Mass at the top of Marian Mount (pic). Continue reading

Jan 09

Revival altar servers camp

altar server pictureLABUAN - Altar Servers of Blessed Sacrament Church gathered for a 3-day camp in the parish after a long break of 5 years Nov 21-23. Theme for the camp ‘Unity is Love/Love comes from God/Love you, Love me and Love God’, has brought about a revival in the ministry as the altar servers were renewed in their call to service in the spirit of unity and love. The camp was attended by altar servers from both the BM and English speaking Masses, as well as the coming back of the senior altar servers, which was an altogether encouraging sign. – John Chong