It can be hard to remain optimistic in the waves of violence, hatred, exploitation and oppression that we glean from the global news at an increasing intensity. There is so much injustice and unfairness that makes one weep. Fear squeezes the life out of people and scars are cut repeatedly till the body becomes numb. What then can we do? How then shall we respond? There are no clear and easy answers. I am praying for mercy and compassion to turn the tides around, where faith, hope and justice can reign again. I am praying for seeds of peace and love to germinate and sprout like it is springtime. May selfishness and pettiness be plucked up like useless weeds and cast away. #reflections #prayer #faith #hope #love #mercy #justice #compasion #freedom

It can be hard to remain optimistic in the waves of violence, hatred, exploitation and oppression that we glean from the global news at an increasing intensity. There is so much injustice and unfairness that makes one weep. 
Fear squeezes the life out of people and scars are cut repeatedly till the body becomes numb. 
What then can we do? How then shall we respond? There are no clear and easy answers. 
I am praying for mercy and compassion to turn the tides around, where faith, hope and justice can reign again. I am praying for seeds of peace and love to germinate and sprout like it is springtime. May selfishness and pettiness be plucked up like useless weeds and cast away. 
#reflections #prayer #faith #hope #love #mercy #justice #compasion #freedom

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We are so happy that #spotlight won the Best Picture at the #oscars. Because it is a story that needs to be told, and told again 14 years after the news first broke in 2002. Why? Because we grow numb with old news, where our hearts should have remained tender. Because nothing much seemed to have changed from the #Vatican if we look up current news. Because the abuse survivors are still locked up in shame, guilt and in desperate need for justice. How often do we turn the spotlight on things that don’t really matter? How often do we quickly turn the spotlight away, where light needs to linger, in order to cast out evil who lurks in the darkness? How often do we turn the spotlight on ourselves, to search the innermost depths of our beings, and to purge what we wish to lay hidden? In this season of #lent, may #justice and #mercy meet at the center of each and everyone’s heart, just as it did at the #cross so many years ago. May this lead to a #transformation of this world. May #God’s name not continue to be dragged through the mud, by the terrible deeds of man.

We are so happy that #spotlight won the Best Picture at the #oscars. Because it is a story that needs to be told, and told again 14 years after the news first broke in 2002. Why? 
Because we grow numb with old news, where our hearts should have remained tender. Because nothing much seemed to have changed from the #Vatican if we look up current news. Because the abuse survivors are still locked up in shame, guilt and in desperate need for justice. 
How often do we turn the spotlight on things that don't really matter? How often do we quickly turn the spotlight away, where light needs to linger, in order to cast out evil who lurks in the darkness? How often do we turn the spotlight on ourselves, to search the innermost depths of our beings, and to purge what we wish to lay hidden? 
In this season of #lent, may #justice and #mercy meet at the center of each and everyone's heart, just as it did at the #cross so many years ago. May this lead to a #transformation of this world. May #God's name not continue to be dragged through the mud, by the terrible deeds of man.

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Mercy

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Right about now, some staff and volunteers of Mercy Centre would be gathering to head to 3 locations where they know they would find the homeless uncles and aunties who have become familiar faces and friends to them. They would bring along biscuits, flasks of hot milo, some medicated strips and ointments, as they go through their weekly routes to visit each of them.

Some of these homeless uncles and aunties would be tired out from a day of work while others would bear a weariness from their multiple health issues. The cold bench is their home for months or even years now.

The first time when we joined the visit runs, we were shocked at the number of uncles and aunties who have to live this way on the streets. Problems have a way of multiplying and there are often no easy solutions.

Along with the staff and volunteers, we can only do our little part to serve them some drinks and biscuits, chat with them and help out with things where we can. On special occasions like Christmas or Chinese New Year, the uncles and aunties are invited to a party where they are the guests to a feast of food and fellowship.

We were very touched by how Mercy Centre reaches out to the poor and forgotten in society with sincerity and friendship, and so we decided to contribute financially to them when we were looking at which local cause to support as part of our giving philosophy.

Donating 20% of proceeds on an ongoing basis is a huge sum to us. Honestly, it was a big struggle during the decision stage as we were not even sure if we would be financially sustainable ourselves.

However, we decided to give because of the grace we have received in our own lives. Through no merit of ours, we have been given a lot and it is our way of thanksgiving to God, whom we know also has a heart for these uncles and aunties.

Just want to thank all of you as your purchases and encouragement have helped to contribute towards this wonderful work. It is a very nice feeling to know we are doing this together! So, on behalf of Mercy Centre and ourselves, thank you! :)