Archive for January, 2008

Still wondering …

Posted: January 30, 2008 by piusranson in Uncategorized

I realised that these days, i’ve been wondering about protestantism (yes, once again). The founder of protestantism, Martin Luther, honors Mary, Mother of God to a great extend. But why is it that protestants ( the countless denominations ), not honor her ? Why can’t protestants understand why Catholics honor Mary so much so that they mistaken us for worshipping her ? Angel Gabriel did greet her with much honor: “Hail, full of grace, the lord is with thee”.

Now, let us look at the Magnificat in Luke 1:46-55

The Magnificat

46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Just yesterday, i started wondering why do Popes stop wearing the Papal Tiara? I hope one day the coronation of the Popes will come back. I believe Papa Benedict will somehow or another re-introduced it, rather than just “inauguration”.

Pius IX Tiara

Pope Pius IX’s Tiara. Isn’t it beautiful ?

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A joke from fisheaters.com

Posted: January 15, 2008 by piusranson in Uncategorized

Jesus was walking along one day, when He came upon a group of people surrounding a lady of ill repute. It was obvious that the crowd was preparing to stone her, so Jesus made His now-famous statement, “Let the person who has no sin cast the first stone.”

The crowd was shamed and one by one began to turn away. All of a sudden, a lovely little woman made her way through the crowd. Finally getting to the front, she tossed a pebble towards the woman.

Jesus looks over and says, “I really hate it when you do that, Mom.”

Religion

Posted: January 11, 2008 by piusranson in Uncategorized

Finally i am writing my views on Religion. Typical Singaporean teenage Christians will always tell you things like, “Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with God”. Don’t you think it is more than a relationship with God ? Who says Islam is not a relationship with God? Who says Buddhism and Taoism isn’t a relationship with God? Having a relationship with God = Christianity? Bullshit ! This is to all “Christians” who think just by being baptised a Christian = being saved. If you are a Christian, go live a Christian faith. Don’t act like a bunch of monkeys luring people using aggressive proselytism. Quoting the Pope: “The church does not engage in proselytism. Instead, she grows by attraction”.

Talking about Praise and Worship, it is sure acceptable as a form of connection towards God. However, there must be a balance with Tradition. Not accepting Tradition is not accepting the Gospel and is not accepting your own religion.

Islam is a religion that deserves alot of respect. True, they have disputes among themselves but which religion don’t? Every Muslim goes to the Mosque faithfully every single friday. This is what i really look up to them on.

Whenever someone asks me which Religion/Faith i am involved in, i would reply “Christian-Catholic” or something close. It’s like i won’t just say the word Christian. You wanna know why? That’s because the aggressive protestants have already tarnished “Christianity”. Christianity is about any Church available in Singapore? No way. Study more into Christianity and you will know what i am talking about.

After all i think Islam in Singapore have displayed a good faith. It will be of no surprise if a number of people converts to Islam.

I remember got once a woman, commented on “Roman Catholic” in front of me. Aggresively, she replied,” Why must you be so specific? Roman? ”

Grrr…