Is Faith truly opposed to Reason as some say?
For as the leaves of this plant are aligned against each other with little overlap in order to capture the most of the available sunlight,
Faith and Reason come together from seemingly opposed ends to enlighten our minds and hearts.
While Reason is the foundation upon which Faith is built,
Faith yields the context within which Reason evolves beyond mere logic and finally acquires real meaning.
“I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.”
~ St Augustine of Hippo
Ever adept, man has learnt to manipulate the physical world, even the nuts and bolts that hold the double helix of his own DNA together.
But what are the nuts and bolts needed to restore his soul, and indeed to make it one in harmony with his body?
What are these essentials in the spiritual toolbox?
• Prayer and Almsgiving •
“Pray without ceasing.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“… give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”
~ Luke 11:41
“But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”
~ Matthew 6:3-4
The (DNA) Helix Bridge, Marina Bay, Singapore
Heavy is the pressure to conform for the sake of self preservation.
Greater however is the conviction to remain true to oneself.
For while the former action allows one to get by,
the latter is surely one to live by.
“Do not mistake cowardice for prudence.”
A sighting of just a few red leaves in the midst of green
Living is far from having all provisions stocked and ready in order to stay afloat in both calm and choppy waters.
Real life can only be experienced by accepting the changes in sea and weather conditions, improvising, and having a patient trust in His merciful providence.
Photo: A makeshift buoy confidently afloat
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”
~ Matthew 6:25
Was God so callous as not to provide even the most basic creature comforts for His only Son when it came time for His birth?
No warm room at the inn.
No midwife attending.
Just a bare and rough manger in which animals found shelter as night fell.
But yet, what manner of crib was chosen in which Our Lord could snuggle and bury his face as he slumbered?
Simply, it was Mary’s elbow, whose inviting hollow beheld God, and kept Him safe and warm on that most humble of nights.
“While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
~ Luke 2:6-7
Feast of St Luke
18 October 2013
It seems a peculiar but yet, simple matter, choosing between two trees.
To eat the fruit from the Tree of Life or that from
the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Wouldn’t everyone have readily chosen Life over Knowledge?
Sadly, our daily experiences inform us otherwise as we regularly trade life giving opportunities in exchange for chances to draw flawed and often uncharitable judgements about God and our neighbour.
Suddenly, the dreadful choice made by Adam and Eve which we have often bemoaned for our fall, becomes ours too.
Our original sin.
“Out of the ground the LORD God made grow every tree that was delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
~ Genesis 2:9
With mighty arm,
the heavens were fixed,
the raging seas rolled back.
Chisel and hammer,
the mountains found form
and the valleys deepened into hollow.
A flick of his wrist,
carpets of grass flowed, bounding over fields and meadows.
And with loving strokes,
nature received her soul
with the painting of each flower.
Only through Faith can the spiritual child within us be raised back to life and thus enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
To Jairus’ daughter who had died:
Jesus took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).
Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
~ Mark 5:41-42
Just as a storm will run its course, only to give way to sunshine, so too
“His anger lasts but a moment; His favour a lifetime.” ~ Psalm 30:6
How miserable it must surely be to bear scars from life’s battles without being able to rejoice in their tales of triumph.
“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
~ Our Lady of Fatima, Apparition on 13 July 1917