Roslyn Rajasingam

Roslyn Rajasingam

Monday, 19 December 2016 17:21

New Year: Another Fresh Start

IMAGE New Year Fresh StartAs the year comes to an end, we tend to reflect on how fast the year went, of what we did and what we didn’t do. We reflect on how we moved forward, our achievements as far as new learnings, better health, better mental grasp of our environment, better appreciation of our work, and better expression of our devotion and care for family and relatives. We also look back if we had a better clarity of our purpose on earth. 

 

 

 

IMAGE SilenceAs I dig deep to find the meaning of silence, I am drawn to how our modern day Christian models used silence in their lives: 

During his visit to the typhoon-ravaged city in the Philippines’ south, Pope Francis said: “So many of you have lost everything, I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you. Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silence and walk with you all with my silent heart.”1 Pope Francis used silence as a compassionate and loving spiritual response.

Friday, 07 October 2016 08:25

Social Media for Ministry

IMAGE Social Media for MinistryThere are many different ways that we welcome and encourage parishioners to feel part of our faith community. And social media is a tool to share our witnessing of faith. This witness of faith is ministry.

Social Media for parish ministry is real work. It is not fad or play. It takes time, commitment, planning and execution, creativity and basic writing skills, graphic design skills and photography skills.

There is also a need for everyone in the parish: clergy, Parish Pastoral Councils and ministry leaders to realise, respect and appreciate this social media ministry within the community. Although the main audience will be parishioners who come to regular Sunday Masses, there is also an expectation that the posts are shared with those who are Catholics yet do not come to Mass anymore and those who are wondering what Catholics do and believe. We need to consider this when planning our content.

IMAGE Saint Teresa of Calcutta Holy and Saint of Darkness

Mother Teresa has long been known as the Living Saint. At her canonisation, Pope Francis described her as a “generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defence of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded.” He added: “Her mission to the urban and existential peripheries remains for us today an eloquent witness to God’s closeness to the poorest of the poor. Today, I pass on this emblematic figure of womanhood and of consecrated life to the whole world of volunteers: may she be your model of holiness!”1

 

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 10:48

Elder Abuse: The Silent Phenomenon

IMAGE Elder abuse Woman facing wíndowOn a few occasions, I have watched on Facebook a short YouTube video by the Greek film Director and Producer, Constantin Pilavios. It is a conversation between an adult son and his elderly father called “What is that?”1 The gist of the story was that when his father asked what the bird was, the son said it was a sparrow. After the father asked the third time, the son was so agitated and shouted to the father. The father then took his old diary and asked the son to read it aloud. The son read the part where he, as a 3–year old boy, asked his father twenty-one times about the name of the bird, a sparrow. His father wrote that he answered each time he asked and gave him a hug. This story almost always touches people’s hearts.

I immediately recalled this video when we had “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” a few weeks ago. It aimed to highlight abuse of elders. Does it actually exist? Nobody seems to be talking about it. We always hear about child abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse. Elder abuse thrives because people are silent.

 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:59

Civilised Slavery or Workers Exploitation

IMAGE Civilised slavery or Workers ExploitationIn his homily at Casa Santa Marta last month Pope Francis criticised entrepreneurs who get rich by exploiting workers and enslave the poor. He declared “When riches are created by exploiting the people, by those rich people who exploit [others], they take advantage of the work of the people, and those poor people become slaves. We think of the here and now, the same thing happens all over the world. ‘I want to work.’ ‘Good, they’ll make you a contract, from September to June.’ Without a pension, without health care... Then they suspend it, and in July and August they have to eat air. And in September, they laugh at you about it. Those who do that are true bloodsuckers, and they live by spilling the blood of the people who they make slaves of labour.”1

 

Thursday, 09 June 2016 18:33

When Friends Divorce

IMAGE Woman looking at Man leavingIn Australia, like in most Western countries, one in every three marriages ends up in divorce.1 This is a sad reality in our present world. During the past ten years, my husband and I have witnessed six couples go their separate ways. They were all part of our social and church network. Almost all of the couples were too far from getting reconciled when we knew about their deep marital problems. We thought they were having simple couple misunderstandings. Two couples were part of our small social group, another two couples were part of our covenanted community and the other two couples attended the Adult Altar Servers training with us.

Monday, 30 May 2016 13:21

Conversion for Convenience?

IMAGE Convenience Simplified and bigger arrowIn the early 70s, we heard a lot of stories about marriage for convenience. Many women from developing countries married men in developed countries hoping to improve their circumstances in life. They hoped for better jobs, better environment, better privileges and better homes. It was also a motivation to be able to bring their siblings and parents to their new home country.

This year, countries in Europe have experienced a similar phenomenon but more of changing not their spouses but their religion. Hundreds of Muslim refugees are converting to Christianity. According to online media The Daily Beast1, hundreds are queuing up in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands to be baptised as Christians. However, Europeans are not very convinced that this is an inner change of heart. The skeptics are worried that this is just a way of improving their chance of getting asylum.

Monday, 16 May 2016 16:54

Spiritual Mummies

IMAGE Spiritual MummiesEach day, we go about our schedules and routines without really much thought about following the right path. We get busy with family activities, work, business, holidays and parties.

In our lives as Catholic Christians, we want to embark on a journey towards an eternal life of peace and love with Jesus.

However, many of us, even though we go to church weekly, can sometimes operate on auto-pilot, on human nature. We take on the nature of a sinner who indulges in gossip, in discrimination, in putting down those not as educated as we are or those who come from a different cultural background.

We, at times, hide the truth or part of the truth and do something against the Ten Commandments and the New Commandment of Jesus. We can be selfish and uncharitable towards others.

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