Feast of Holy Guardian Angels

Today us the feast day of our Holy Guardian Angels. Was reading the article in Laudate and found this an interesting read. Something we don’t hear often. Let us thank God for caring for each of us, individually and uniquely.

The doctrine that every individual soul has a guardian angel has never been defined by the Church and so is not an article of faith, but it is present in both the Old and New Testaments. As Jesus says, See that you never despise any of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven always gaze on the face of my Father in heaven. Thus even little children have guardian angels, and these angels remain in the presence of God even as they fulfil their mission on earth.
Anciently, all angels were celebrated together on the feast of St Michael. A separate feast of the Guardian Angels began in Valencia in 1411. At the reform of the Breviary in the 16th century it was included among the local feasts, and it was raised to the status of a feast in the General Calendar in 1608, placed on the first free day after the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.
One of the benefits of this feast is that it reminds us that God cares for us each, individually. We all know this in theory, but it is easy – in times of depression or temptation – to convince ourselves that we are too small to matter, for good or ill. Let us use this feast to remind ourselves that each of us has an angel of our very own looking after us; and also to pray to God for our own Guardian Angel. What a bore and a burden to them some of us are. May we one day be a cause of rejoicing for them also.

We can never fall down when God lifts us up

On Friday, we watched a contemporary dance video.

Initially I thought is was a really nice dance video, that’s all. It wasn’t the first time I saw it during session. However, it was only during our time of prayer that I realised that the dance video taught me things about God.

In the video, there was a couple dancing. The guy lifted up the girl so effortlessly above his head and threw her in the air and caught her. He must’ve been so strong! And maybe we did not notice it, but it also required a lot of strength from the girl in order to dance. (the core strength!!!)

That really reminded me — When we trust in God for something, it’s not as if we go completely unprepared for an exam and expect to get an A. But rather, it is when we put in our best (our core strength!) and surrender to God and let him do the rest!

We can never fall down when God lifts us up.

A forgiving God and that’s the role model

Today I had an unfortunate event with a bus driver. It happened just opposite Church. 2 buses came to the bus stop one is bus 10 and the other 12 (my bus). Bus 10 was in front of bus 12. It was red light and both buses just remained that’s cause it’s the red light. I was opposite the road and gave a sprint. Just before reaching the bus, the bus driver of bus 12 decided to be impatient and made a turn to the next Lane trying to overtake bus 10. But he was stuck because it was the red light. 

At this point 2 things have happened. 1) bus 12, which was not fully in the bus stop have decided to turn out without looking if there are more passengers in the bus stop. 
2) he was blocking the road as bus 10 is still stationary and thus not allowing bus 12 to move. 

At this point I decided to ask the uncle to let me into the bus since it was his fault for being impatient. But to my surprise, he just went and shoo me away! Like literally using his body language. And I was extremely infuriated!  So many terrible things came to my head. But thank God for being there and gave me a clear mind in  that short time to prevent me from doing something stupid. So thank God.

However the real message came after much reflection upon the incident. 

I think God gave me an opportunity to be a Christian and an opportunity to understand the pain of being rejected. 

I felt really angry because i was innocent (in the right) yet i was rejected. And that reminded me of Jesus. Being innocent and yet he too was rejected. And in his suffering he forgives and blesses us. 

This incident reminded me about my relationship with Jesus. There are times when I have rejected him for my own selfishness. But he always forgives me and blesses me. And that called me to do what our Lord has done for us. To forgive those who have sinned me as God has forgiven mine. And give them your blessings. 

I guess this is one of my crosses as a disciple of Christ.

xin jia po. NI HAO! :D

hey guys. this is my first time posting from overseas and i just felt like sharing on a different platform for once. try something new out for a change. well…. here goes. i came for this whole 6 week industrial training with no real expectations except that its gonna be long and that there’s a high chance i’ll get homesick. but honestly i did not feel anything during the first 2 and a half weeks. i did my assignments, followed curfew and generally tried to make this the best experience it can be.
but as the days went by i noticed something. some classmates started teasing me since i was always alone (long story there), even to the point they’re referring to me when im right in front of them. so the loneliness started creeping in. i felt as though i didnt belong. i questioned myself if i had made the right decision coming here. that was on the 19th, thurs afternoon to be more exact.
but its amazing how God works his little miracles in each of us. the first night in Taipei on the way back to the hostel i was given the opportunity to talk to a fellow course mate whom i’ve never really talked to before and i must say i learnt alot about ns and through him. not forgetting knowing more things about him too. also, when i reached back there was free wi fi (YAY!) and that my bunk mates were my caretaker and the same bunk mate in the uni in Hsinchu. and they werent that bad. i got along well with both.
but that isnt the best part. today i went out with another bunch of SP students who are on the same trip as me but from a different course. i had introduced myself to them during a previous nights bbq but i still felt a little “extra” around them. until today. they accepted me like one of their own and i started talking to some of them. more than i did since coming here actually. and it has been by far one of the best days of the trip.
this just taught me when u feel lonely and as though everyone has abandoned you God will never leave your side. kinda reminds me of the story about the footprints on the beach.
as the program passes its halfway mark i know that this is a test of faith from God, to see how i will survive in the real world without the community for backup or to share any problems i may encounter. nonetheless im gonna keep praying and reflecting on the daily gospel. not forgetting action; to see God in the little things around me. the people, places and new experiences.