John said, 'I am, as Isaiah prophesied: A voice of one that cries in the desert: Prepare a way for the Lord. Make his paths straight!' - Gospel, John 1:23
Many people today search for pleasures in life to make them happy, but find that it does not bring them joy. Some do not even know why they are unhappy or disconnected. When God is not at the centre, we lose our purpose in life. We lose this Joy!
For St John the baptist, his conviction to prepare the way derives from God: "The Joy of the Lord is my strength"
Joy is a commitment. In our family/marriage/relationship/ministry, to have joy in each other requires effort on our part to communicate with each other.
If our houses are like war-zones breeding with strive and conflict, how can we have joy. Then we come to church, and it is difficult to maintain this joyful facade even if we try.
We need to forgive one another at home, to be committed and persistent in communicating and talking to one another. We need to put our differences aside, come before God together and pray as a family. - Excerpts from Fr Gregory's Homily - 16/12/17
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
It is our vocation to set people’s hearts ablaze, to do what the Son of God did, who came to light a fire on earth in order to set it ablaze with His love. - Frédéric Ozanam
|Rachel from C99 really got the kids going with some super fun games|
On November 26 we set out together once again to share the mad love of Jesus Christ. This M.A.D project was initiated by the batch of C99 in collaboration with the Bethel Community Centre in PJ. Together we had the opportunity to spend some quality time with the kids at Rumah Ozanam and also contribute some daily essentials.
|Assembly point at the wonderful Bethel Community Centre|
Funds and supplies were already collected beforehand and were promptly loaded up into the van to be delivered.
|Joseph from C99 putting Fr. Edwin through a vigorous weight lifting routine.|
|The initial group photo taken proved to be the most awkward group photo ever produced in recent Choice history.|
|A quick emergency tutorial by Joseph on the basics of safe and effective group photo taking methodologies.|
|The result was certainly a much better overall pic. Well, if you excuse the ice-cream bike of course.|
|Finally ! We get to see the beautiful kids at the Rumah.|
We started things out with a simple prayer by one of the leaders from Bethel followed by a short inspirational talk by Fr.Edwin. Pizza was served for lunch followed by some fun time, playing games and interacting with the children.
|Our lovely brothers and sisters from the Bethel Community Centre. We love you guys!|
|Kishya's valiant attempt to |
|Fr.Edwin was an instant hit among the kids|
|Kids were all smiles that day. So were we !!|
We would like to thank everyone who came together to support our cause both by your humble presence and financial contributions. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone from the Bethel Community Centre who assisted us very much with this project. We look forward to maintain our close ties and possibly collaborate together once again in the near future.
Also a very big thank you to the management of Rumah Ozanam and the wonderful children that make up this blessed home. We look forward to continue to visit and support you and your family for many more occasions to come. May God bless you all.
We also offer up praise and thanks to our Lord for allowing us to carry out our activities both safely and smoothly and we look forward for his guidance and blessings for more M.A.D projects to come.
Peace of heart – without it, no good can make us happy. With it, every trial, even the approach of death, can be borne. - Frédéric Ozanam
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
We are companions on a journey. Breaking bread and sharing life....
CHOICE is proud to host our centenary weekend thanksgiving dinner for all CHOICEes from the inaugural weekend till its 100th instalment. If you have any known affiliation to CHOICE through its 36th years of formation, please do join us in celebration of this momentous event.
We are companions on a journey. Breaking bread and sharing life...
Indeed, the above lines from a song described the group of friends I have made since I started meeting them a few at a time beginning from 1998. We met in CHOICE, a singles adult programme.
As we served together, we grew from singles to married couples (a few of us found our spouses from Choice, though not all) and now families. Yet, we still made a point to at least meet once a year as a big group with all our children or as small groups among just the wives or the husbands.
We were so excited to find out about this dinner of thanksgiving celebrating Choice in Malaysia. Suddenly, we started recalling who was from which batch of Choice and all those nostalgic sweet memories. We hope to come as a group to be part of this special part of our life journey and growth in the Faith.
If you are part of this great Choice family, hope to see you there too.
We are companions on a journey. Breaking bread and sharing wine
This song still ringing in my head after graduated in November 2003 during Choice weekend 74 in IJ convent, Cheras. I don't remember having choice t'shirt at that time, even if I found one it wont be fitting me at all. There was the year I met this wonderful and awesome friends Patrick, Hazel, my Fatima good old friend Dominic, and then later my BEC Taman Desa good old friend Lincoln. Over the years I was praying & hoping we could catch up and I'm thankful and excited to find out about the dinner and that it finally happen dreams comes true. Looking forward to meet up other choicees at the thanksgiving celebrations. If you are part of this great Choice family, hope to see you there too. #ChoiceEmglishKualaLumpur #ChoiceMalaysia36thAnniversary #XhouceEnglish74KualaLumpur2003
Doesn't it feel lovely to read messages like this. I am sure many of us are trying to recall memories from our Choice Weekends OR the moments we served in CHOICE.
It would be beautiful if you can share this Thanksgiving Dinner to your own personal FB and hopefully we can reach many more CHOICEes.
C99 Getaway + Shyan Surprise Birthday Party
|The C99 bunch|
On November 18 these gorgeous,outrageous and contagious group of souls gathered in a weekend get together plus birthday surprise. The location was at the luxury Setia Sky Residences KLCC, which provided breathtaking views of the KL city skyline.
|Good to have Kevin back after a long term hiatus|
|An artist impression of what transpired during Shyan's birthday surprise. Everyone was pretty much way too surprised to take any pictures at that moment.|
|Gorgeous cake baked with love by Ivy from C99|
After gobbling up slices of pizzas, the bunch return downstairs to the pool for a little karaoke practice which turned into a vocal extravaganza. Few did surprise us all with their
|Rumour has it that they will be performing a group vocal performance at the C100 Thanksgiving Dinner|
|One time suspected mobster, Miss Grace Selvi subjected her poor C99 batch mates to some rather cruel and unusual punishment|
|Some delightful buttermilk pancakes courtesy of yours truly.|
|Can't get any better than with these gorgeous bunch of people|
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Listening is a lost art these days. We don’t listen well and we aren’t used to being listened to. When Job was in great pain, his friends were “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2), for he complained: “Oh, that I had someone to hear me!” (Job 31:35). Job was not alone in his longing. We all want to be heard and listening is an effective way of helping others.
Listening says, “You matter to me.” When you fidget, glance at your watch and appear to be rushed - you’re not listening. When you fail to maintain eye contact - you’re not listening. When you don’t ask follow-up questions - you’re not listening. Yes. Listening is hard work and most of us are unwilling to set aside our own timetable and tendency to hurry on to our next destination. May you and I, by God’s grace acquire a listening ear.
Shared by Sir Ron
Thursday, October 26, 2017
When we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. - Romans 8:15-17
St Paul is making clear to us that we are children of God, just as Christ was God's son. Because of Christ with can call God "Abba", which is like saying "papa". Christ, through his death and resurrection, made it possible for each of us to have an intimate relationship with God and to inherit all that Jesus inherited.
How is your faith enriched by knowing that you can call God Abba or Papa? What does it say to you about Christ's love and his desire to be your brother?
Let us pray
Abba, papa, Jesus taught us that we are your children and that you desire a close and intimate relationship with us. Help us to remember this when we approach you. Amen
Taken from: 10 minute bible reflections by Maureen Gallagher, Jean Marie Hiesberger