Even the young can be God’s instruments

Young people make a difference to spreading God’s message of hope to others.

Dec 02, 2017

IPOH: Young people make a difference to spreading God’s message of hope to others.

Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang said this during his homily at Mass where 25 youths received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Michael’s Church on Nov 12.

They comprised 14 from the Chinese speaking and 11 from the English speaking group at SMC. The Mass was concelebrated with SMC parish priest Fr Stephen Liew and priest-in-residence Fr Robin Andrews.

Bishop Sebastian spoke of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearance to three children — Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta at Cova da Aria, in Portugal, one hundred years ago on Mar 13, 1917.

“This shows that even young children can become God’s instruments to give the message of hope to the world. They faced opposition and suffering from the authorities, family and Church but they chose to remain faithful to Mother Mary and her message through all obstacles and opposition,” he said.

“Mother Mary and Jesus continue to intercede for our salvation and sanctification.” He said the choice of using children was clearly because children never sway from speaking out what they had experienced. The three children were messengers of God, calling for repentance, conversion, a change of heart and reform, as was the same message given in the other apparitions of Mary.

“With the Holy Spirit as your companion in life, enjoy your relationship with God and the real challenges begin once you leave your comfort zone and start going out in the world,” he said.

Gregory Lawrence Paul Philip Sheng-Rong, 16, said he had felt the Holy Spirit’s guidance in his life and felt happy and courageous after two dreams. One was that he heard God was calling him very clearly. The other was that he was lost and confused in a certain place and couldn’t find his way out until Pope Francis appeared to him and signed on his forehead with his thumb. “After that, I could see things very clearly,” he said. Gregory is an altar server and conductor of the children’s Infant Jesus choir at SMC.

Isabelle Christine Teh Cher Lynn who is the class representative of the Sunday school class, said she intends to teach pre-schoolers at Sunday School next year. She is already involved in helping in Children’s Liturgy of the Word and is an altar server. “I started my Catholic faith journey when young, but the bond of friendship with my other classmates was really strengthened during the Confirmation camp in September.

Vincent Chin, who is from Klebang used to attend Mass at St Anthony’s chapel in Chemor where he is the organist for the choir there. “The teachers at Sunday school helped me greatly in my faith. When I first came here, my faith wasn’t strong at all, and I did not trust God. But now I feel happy to know God is there for me,” he said.

Samuel Lim Kah Hoe is from Kampar but attended Sunday school here since he is now studying at Sam Tet. He now joins in the Chinese choir at SMC. “I am very happy to know more about Jesus, and want to join another team to help the church,” he said.

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