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Cynthia, her mother from Indonesia, and I have celebrated All Saints’ Day Sunset Mass at Christ the King last Wednesday evening. During the sermon and to my surprise, the priest quoted Lady Gaga’s Born this Way. Cynthia and I, together with the younger crowd, laughed as we saw him all energized at the altar. As though he was going to dance.
We are born as good people. Being good is the most natural thing we do. There is nothing extraordinary being a good person. Being good is not something that we shall expect reward. Because it is what all of us should do. It is not a matter if we can be good. Do we want to be good?
How to be good? First, start with our families. Be good to our spouses. Be good to our parents. Be good to our children. Live our life as a good person. And I would like to encourage you to look into the mirror from time to time and remind yourself, “I am a good person”.
The priest did not drill too deep into Lady Gaga’s song. But I think he has successfully once again, made his sermon memorable. When the Mass has ended, before the priest left the altar area, he paused, looked at the ground, and spoke softly, as though he was speaking to himself. He said, “I am a good person”.
More on this Catholic tradition can be found in here.
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Open canals like this in the city is slowly being covered up making way for more roads here in Singapore.
At a not too far distance in this photograph taken by a phone is a Catholic Church. A wake awaited. A dear friend of my Godmother has passed away on Oct 3. She has devoted all her life in serving the community. I remember her child like smile and powerful prayers. She even prayed with and for the doctors and nurses whenever she was hospitalized. At 80+, the Lord has called her home. While sad I am, I am delighted for her completing her mission on Earth and into Heaven she would be. Her inspiration lives on.
Her last word to the doctor was: My work here is done.
Today, Catholics around the world celebrated All Souls’ Day. It is a day to commemorate all the faithful departed. And I am saying a little prayer for one of the most devoted Catholic I have met in my life.
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These two entries have been shared in my Google+ social networking site last month. I wish to add them onto my personal website too.
It is strange, come to think on it. Earlier on this year, one high profile Google+ user has made a bold statement saying that very soon, bloggers would prefer to write in Google+ instead of in their individual sites. Back then, I disagreed. Because Google+ is a social networking site, not a blog site.
But is it not?
Now, I think Google+ is more than a social network. The environment encourages writing quality entries. It is so much easier to engage with readers over there, rather than here. I am now writing in Google+ more than I write here.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not dropping my personal website. It is still good to ‘own’ a piece of virtual real estate and have direct control over my content. But I can smell the wind of change, feel the shift.