The earthquake that shook Sabah on June 5 has taken 18 lives, among whom were heroic mountain guides and innocent school children and their teachers. Many buildings fell apart. Landslides, mudslides, fallen trees, broken bridges, dried pipes and so forth have created havoc especially to the people in Ranau and Kota Belud districts. But it is the emotional trauma of the people living at the foothills of Mt Kinabalu that continues to cause nightmares as subsequent aftershocks are still being experienced.
KOTA KINABALU (CS) – In their recently released statement and messages, the Arch/bishops of the Archdiocese/Dioceses of Kota Kinabalu, Keningau and Sandakan expressed their deepest condolence to the families of all the climbers and mountain guides who were killed by falling rocks at Mt Kinabalu during the June 5 earthquake in and around the district of Ranau. The unprecedented calamity has caught many unprepared.
Christmas celebration is here again! But as believers in Christ, who is sent by the Father, Christmas is not just one of the celebrations that we celebrate in Malaysia. Very often I have a sense that when we greet one another “Happy Christmas’, it is just a casual celebration greeting which we do with other celebrations. The question is, how aware and convinced are we that the core of our Christmas greetings and Carols is the Love of God for us expressed in the birth of Jesus (Jn.3:16) who dwells among us (Jn. 1:14). As believers in Christ, it is important therefore that we are convinced in what we do, say, and celebrate at Christmas. Let us not be drowned in or be intoxicated with the worldly Christmas celebration in our midst!
KOTA KINABALU – “Be the light and salt to the world…” This is the crux of His Grace Archbishop John Wong’s message to the Assembly of Catholic Lawyers, comprising of members of the Bench and the Bar, at the 3rd Annual Celebration of the “Red Mass” which took place Feb 15, 2014 at St Simon Church Likas.
While urging the lawyers to continue discovering their own Faith, His grace also reminded them of the Church social teaching concerning justice and fundamental liberties. He challenged the lawyers to be ready to stand in line, when responding to God’s call in defending the Truth and dare them
With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.
KOTA KINABALU (CS) – The Council of the Religious (COR) in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, with the blessing of Archbishop John Wong, celebrated the World Day for Consecrated Life (WDCL) 2014, beginning Feb 5 and ending Feb 10 instead of Feb 2, originally declared by the Universal Church to be observed on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
Time flies and the new Lunar Year is round the corner. Here’s wishing you a joyous and a grace-filled New Year.
The Church has organized various spiritual activities in conjunction with the Year of Faith, which was proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, to re-discover, to re-live and to re-proclaim faith.
As the New Year begins, the traditional Chinese greeting of “Gong Xi Fai Cai”, in the context of faith, reminds us to aspire for eternal wealth – that is to remain steadfast in
KENINGAU(CS).- Advent time which begins on 1st December gives us another opportunity to remember two important comings of Jesus into the world. His first coming took place when He became flesh and blood upon the approval of Mother Mary (Luke1:38; John1:14). His second coming will take place at the end of time where He will come in glory, to judge the living and the dead.
The first coming of Jesus brings us hope “in which the Rising Sun gives light to those who live in darkness and the shadow dark as death” (Luke 1:78-79). “The Word made flesh and lived among us” (John 1:14). But how would his followers be at his second coming? “But when the Son of man comes, will he find any faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). This is a challenge and reminder for us as followers of Jesus.