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Is Fasting still Relevant?

These days, I often hear Christians say things like "better to fast from bad habits" or "more important to be kind" whenever the topic of Fastingcomes up. True, we should not neglect being kind and must always avoid sin but that does not mean fasting is no longer useful for our spiritual growth.

In the days of Jesus, fasting is an important practice and Jesus Himself encourages it (Matthew 6:16-17). In fact, He fasted for 40 days before beginning His ministry. So there must be something very beneficial (besides slimming down!) for our soul when we fast!

On Ash Wednesday this year, I fasted the Catholic way: couple slices of plain bread + plain water. It was not easy, so I ate a little rice with vegetables at dinner time; I was surprised how yummy the simple meal tasted!!


So for me, fasting helps to remind me not to take things for granted and to appreciate the countless blessings that I received daily! The hunger pains also enable me to better empathise with those who…

There Is No Wrath in God

An Unexpected Haven

I am writing this reflection while travelling on a coach from Lourdes to Barcelona.

It was spiritually uplifting to visit Lourdes; to drink from the miracle spring, to celebrate the Eucharist at the spot where Mother Mary appeared to St Bernadette, to take the holy bath & to join in the candlelight procession.

But what struck me most is this little haven that is free from the massive crowds characteristic of this Marian sanctuary:

It was here in the confessional that l encountered God's great mercy and love; it is here where the soul can be healed from its spiritual paralysis!

I wondered where were the multitudes... Many wanted to be healed physically & be given blessings but how many are willing to repent & give themselves back to God?

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16

What name would Jesus give to His Wifi?

I named my Wifi network "GodLovesYou" - what about you? This is one simple yet powerful way to evangelise and touch hearts because sometimes it takes less than 32 characters to brighten one's day!

If Jesus were here today, I believe He would choose the following:
GodCaresForYouPeaceBeWithYouRejoiceAndBeGlad IamWithYouGodMadeYouSpecialDoNotWorryLoveOneAnotherHere's how you can change the name of your Wifi Network aka SSID (Service Set Identifier):
Connect to your Wifi network.Launch your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari etc.).Type in the IP address based on the brand of your wireless router:Linksys, 3Com, Asus, Dell, US Robotics: 192.168.1.1 DLink, Netgear, Trendnet, Senao: 192.168.0.1Belkin, Microsoft, and SMC: 192.168.2.1Apple: 10.0.1.1Login with user-ID "admin" and password "admin".Click on a button or tab named “Wireless”, “Wireless Settings”, “Wireless Setup” or anything similarly named. Type in your desired name in the SSID field.…