Praying for and with the universal church

The Pentecost Rally today was, as always, good witnessing. A large crowd came and as we prayed together in the spirit, I could not help but think of how we can always be one body of Christ, united in the Lord. The Spiritual Director of SACCRE, Fr. Tom, invited us to imagine that we were back in the Upper Room. Yes, I could well imagine our Blessed Mother leading the followers of Christ in prayer. They made a novena, in fact, and the Spirit poured his love, joy and peace into their hearts.

Today I do believe that we too were similarly blessed. Tongues of fire, unseen by our eyes, would have come down on us, anointing us with the desire to read and pray with Holy Scriptures, to walk the talk and to bring the Good News to the ends of the earth.

An important part of the intercession was for the universal church. And of course, I remembered China and Mongolia, and many other countries where our fellow Christians are facing difficulties in living good lives of faith. Please pause to pray for this intention.

Remember that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI initiated us into praying specially for our brothers and sisters in China. That was in 2007 when he declared May 24, feast of Our Lady of Sheshan, as the yearly World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.
Remember too that I was on a pilgrimage to China and Mongolia last year and all of us had such a swell time. The Scheut Missions was founded for China, so it is only right that I desire to share with you all such “publicity”. We have so many foreign workers in Singapore and if our church is vibrant and attractive to them, we give thanks to God!
This year, on Friday May 24, Archbishop emeritus (as of 6pm Saturday 18 May) will celebrate Mass in Mandarin at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul at 8pm. Faith sharing and testimonies will precede at 7:30pm