nice prayer session

February 28, 2010

I had a nice prayer session last saturday during my prayer meeting. It was the second week of Lent, and the gospel reading was about the transfiguration. Amazingly the topic for our prayer meeting that night was also about the transfiguration.

I really felt the praise and worship was really nice. I could easily open my self to the Lord and pray and spend time with the Lord. One song really spoke to me that night: draw me close to you, never let me go, I lay it all down again, to hear you say that I am Your friend.

Somehow, the Lord remind me back to the years when I started giving my life to the Lord. And the word of the song, “I lay it all down again…” really hit me. I felt the Lord invites me to lay it all down again. To surrender again. To give my life back again. It has been 10 years since then. And how I felt he asked me to lay down my life again.

I really felt the desire to draw close to the Lord again. It is never enough. There is always more. And how I thank the Lord for inviting me to draw close to Him again.

Draw me close to You
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear You say that I’m Your friend

You are my desire
No one else will do
‘Cause nothing else could take Your place
To feel the warmth of Your embrace
Help me find the way
Bring me back to You

You’re all I want
You’re all I’ve ever needed
You’re all I want
Help me know You are near

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Motherhood, works, and contribution to society

February 27, 2010

Since the start of our pregnancy journey (yup, my wife is expecting :)), we have been using this book called “Prayerfully Expecting” to pray together, it’s a nine month novena. Do you think nine month pregnancy is a coincident with the word novena which means “nine”? hehe

Anyway, I found the following quote from the Bishops of Kenya (page 68 of the book) as very interesting. It’s about motherhood, working, and how she contributes to society :), enjoy it:

It is often regarded as the norm in our present-day society that both father and mother be employed outside the home. Such an attitude needs to be carefully reconsidered. It should be understood that the most important work a woman has to do is to provide the proper rearing and upbringing of her children. A woman who is devoted to her home and her family is, in fact, working in a very real sense and making a very real contribution to the development of the country. Let it not be thought that the process of nation building takes place only outside the home. The woman who gives her time and talents to her home and family is not depriving her family by not earning a salary. On the contrary, she is making a very significant contribution to her children in a way no money can supply.

When both parents are working away from the home, the children are often left in the care of other children. This is a twofold injustice: it is unfair to those in charge and to those who have to be tended. Even when competent persons are entrusted with the care of children, they are not adequate substitutes for the parents. The thinking should be towards providing the fathers of families with wages sufficient to support the family, so that it is not necessary for the mother to be a wage earner too.

— Bishops of Kenya, Joint Pastoral Letters, 1979

I like the last sentence, do you? hehe :p


A millionare chose to be set free from luxury

February 10, 2010

this is an interesting news I read just now. A millionare sold everything, donate them for charity, and chose to live a simple life because he felt his money enslave him. He is now living in a small hut.

“For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness,” he said. “I come from a very poor family where the rules were to work more to achieve more material things, and I applied this for many years,” said Mr Rabeder.

But over time, he had another, conflicting feeling.

“More and more I heard the words: ‘Stop what you are doing now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life’,” he said. “I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need.

Read on:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/austria/7190750/Millionaire-gives-away-fortune-which-made-him-miserable.html

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_488889.html


Vatican economist suggest austerity

February 10, 2010

It is interesting to read the following article:
http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=100340

the economist analyze and said that the real problem in todays economic crisis is not the bankers, they only aggravate what already there. The real problem is 0% birth rate. Why is that so? you may want to read the article to find out.

And economist also mentioned an interesting statement. “the only way to rebuild economic-financial balance is austerity”.


Fr. Cantalamessa personal testimony

February 9, 2010

I found an interesting article on Fr. Cantalamessa testimony of how he got to know about the Charismatic Renewal. The article seems to be written for Word Among Us somehow.

http://www.christlife.org/resources/articles/JesusisLord.html


abstinance, not condom, is the solution

February 3, 2010

New study shows the effeciency of abstinence-only education. Let’s promote abstinance,

article: Abstinence-Only Education Linked to Decreased Promiscuity in High-Risk Teens: Study

Study: Efficacy of a Theory-Based Abstinence-Only Intervention Over 24 Months


Nature Journal regrets its offensive Futures section article

February 1, 2010

I got a reply from Nature correspondence stating their regrets of publishing an article in their Futures section that insults God and the Catholic faith.

Correspondence
From: Corres <correspondence@nature.com>
To: Oka Kurniawan <kurniawano@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg>
Date: Friday 22:39:33

Dear Dr Kurniawan
Thank you for your submission to Correspondence. We regret the
widespread offence caused by the Futures article you mention.
We have received several letters making similar objections to yours, and
we have therefore selected just one representative example for
publication (see this week’s Nature, p425).
Thank you again for writing to us
Yours sincerely
Rosalind Cotter
Correspondence Editor

—–Original Message—–
From: Oka Kurniawan [mailto:kurniawano@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg]
Sent: 28 January 2010 01:42
To: Corres
Subject: Response to “Divine Diseases” on (Nature 462, 1088; 2009)

Response to “Divine Diseases” on (Nature 462, 1088; 2009)
doi:10.1038/4621088a

Science Fiction can be written without offending other religions

I was surprised to see that an article titled “Divine Diseases” in
(Nature 462, 1088; 2009) can be accepted in the Futures section of
Nature. I believe such science fiction can be written without offending
other religions. Such an insulting article only degrades Nature as one
of  the top publishing journals in science. The contents of the articles
involve nothing of science but  jokes on some people’s religious
believe. It is my strong hope that such incidents would not happen again
in the future.

Regards,
Oka Kurniawan, Ph.D