Saturday, 13 September 2008

Better late than never !

Fruits galore !

Seems this year there is a bumper crop of many of the fruit trees in the seminary. The durian trees fruited and I heard they were fantastic.... the priests had a taste of them during their retreat in July this year.

Another fruit we had was the Buah Duku. Just look at the picture below and you can see what I mean.

Some are ripe for the picking and some are ust beginning to ripen.

In addition (sadly I do not have any photos to show) are the mangosteens and the duku langsat we had.... it is a tropical fruit festival..... the only funny thing is that they fruited and ripen late this year.

Brings to mind today's reading from the gospel. Rotten trees begets rotten fruits and good trees give good fruits.... and even though they come late, they are still good and are enjoyed.

We are all good trees and bearing good fruits. How do I know? We are all marcotted from the tree of the Lord. We are all created in God's image and likeness and so how can we bear rotten fruit? But like all trees, we have to be on our guard against the bacteria of sin. Though it may not seem much in the beginning, it can cause a slow rot and soon, the very core will be attacked and rotting away...

We will all bear good fruits... though some will ripen later.... Have faith that the Lord will use us in the way pleasing to him and at the end of it all, we will definately see the rainbow from the rain that nourishes us..... but don't go looking for the pot of gold.

You! Pool! BBQ!

We just had another Vocation Discernment Recollection on 5-6 Sep 2008. This time, there was a twist to it..... There was a new speaker in the house. He is none other than Fr Alex Chua, the new Vocation Director in the diocese.

Though this was his first time conducting the recollection, I think it was a breath of fresh air in his approach and dynamism. Think the aspirants felt it too. The most significant part of his sessions is that the aspirants can now 'separate' and chart their discernment journey in different stages.

Don't worry.... for those who missed it, there is more to come. The next one will be in October 2008. You can sign up now..... early bird prize is to be the first in the queue for lunch :-P

Here is he giving the session on friday evening.

There is another twist.... look at the next picture... seems all of us are busy reading by the pool isn't it.

As per previous years, we had our aspirants BBQ and this year it is a poolside BBQ. not only that, we had vespers by the pool. Now, isn't that a breath of fresh air.... an informal and relaxed setting to praise the Lord and begin the gathering.

And here are some of our in-house chefs "serving up the barbie!!"
Boy! I can still taste the mee goreng in my mouth... Slurp!!