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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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DISappointment

DISappointment

What caught your eye when you first saw the title of this article? Did you spot the word “appointment” first or did you see the word “disappointment” in its entirety? Disappointment may be an apt way to describe 2020 – a year that has been unpredictable, tumultuous...

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Anthony – Theologian After the Heart of Francis

Anthony – Theologian After the Heart of Francis

St Anthony’s humility accompanied his popularity through the ages. Many of us pray to him when we lose things and we may even call him “Doctor of the Church” and not know why. What many do not know is that Anthony had a licence to teach licentia docendi. St Francis,...

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A New Way of Looking at the World

A New Way of Looking at the World

St Francis of Assisi is well known for his love of poverty, but he was not born into poverty. In fact, he was born into wealth and privilege, and once dreamt of glory on the battlefield. He thought these were the things that would bring him happiness.  It was not...

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