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Touch of an Embrace

Touch of an Embrace

Friday Growth Series - Organised by the Catholic Spirituality Centre As part of the Friday Growth Series (A Call to Holiness) organised by the Catholic Spirituality Centre, Friar Derrick Yap was invited to share on Franciscan Spirituality. 'Touch of an Embrace' talk...

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Saint Mary of the Angels

Saint Mary of the Angels

Have you ever wondered why the Franciscan Friars in Singapore look after the Church of St Mary of the Angels rather than the Church of St Francis of Assisi? 🤔 The chapel of St Mary of the Angels in Assisi was significant in the life of St Francis. He not only found...

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Mary’s Maternal Mediation

Mary’s Maternal Mediation

St Anthony even exclaimed: “Through you, Paradise has entered our world!” St Anthony found great delight and strength in invoking the “sweet name of Mary”, the “New Eve” and “Star of the Sea”, and his devoted imitation of the poor, humble Virgin in her poverty,...

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To Be the Eucharist for Others

To Be the Eucharist for Others

I remember the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Franciscan presence in Singapore and Malaysia in 2008, working with people as passionate about the Franciscan Order as I am. I remember too how I felt after the celebrations were over. I felt an...

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Life as a Pilgrimage To Eternity

Life as a Pilgrimage To Eternity

The road to eternity can be hazardous and long. Our lives are fraught with challenges and anxieties, and we live in a world today that is in crisis. A pandemic has swept over the world with the death toll rising each day. Scientists warn that climate change will have...

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The Legend of St Anthony’s Bread

The Legend of St Anthony’s Bread

St Anthony’s Bread traditionally refers to loaves of bread blessed and shared in honour of St Anthony, and to alms given to the poor in thanksgiving for blessings received through the prayers of St Anthony. One legend dates back to the year 1263, when a child drowned...

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“Non Parlare, Guarda! – Speak Not, Behold!”

“Non Parlare, Guarda! – Speak Not, Behold!”

Many years ago now, during my first visit to Assisi, I found by chance a book written by Italian poet and artist Umberto Verdirosi entitled “Behind the Canvas”. On one page, entitled “Il povero cristo” in Italian and “The encounter” in English, is a painting of a...

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