Malacca Johore Diocese News Update #99

The Court of Appeal does not recognise the Malaysian wives married to foreigners, and refused citizenship to their children.

Aug 12, 2022


Greetings and Peace, dear People of God.
First, it was Bon Odori. Then, Oktoberfest became the topic. Will they pick on Deepavali next? Christmas is not too far. The Court of Appeal does not recognise the Malaysian wives married to foreigners, and refused citizenship to their children. The Season of Creation, the month for ecological conversion is around the corner.

“NOT OUR CULTURE” Times!” So what? Then, stick to your culture. Be happy with it. Love it. Let others see its beauty, its goodness and its grace-filled-ness. Less talk, more good example. Yet one must appreciate and give value to other cultures. All of us are biased to an extent. Let not our bias make us navel-gazers, “katak di bawah tempurung” or “despise, ridicule and demonise” others and their cultures.

The National Catholic Reporter wrote that the Holy Father voiced his concerns with “cancel culture,” a kind of dangerous ‘one-track thinking’ that is taking shape, to deny history or, worse yet, to rewrite it in terms of present-day categories, whereas any historical situation must be interpreted in the light of a hermeneutics of that particular time, not that of today.

Of course, it is not my culture, but it is our culture — Malaysian, Asian or Catholic. It is about dialogue not domination.

A Thought for the Week: Stupid People ‘We have no doors in our monastery,’ Shanti said to the visitor, who had come in search of knowledge.

‘And what about troublesome people who come to disturb your peace?’

‘We ignore them, and they go away,’ said Shanti.

‘I am a learned man who has come in search of knowledge,’ insisted the foreigner. ‘But what do you do about stupid people? Do you just ignore them as well until they go away? Does that work?’

Shanti did not reply.

The visitor repeated his question a few times, but seeing that he got no response, he decided to go and find a teacher who was more focused on what he was doing.

‘You see how well it works?’ said Shanti to herself, smiling.

Looking for Peace? Ignore them. Ignore the irritants. Waste not your words. But it is hard to be centred. Listen to the voice of the spirit within not the ego. Announcements for this Week

1. Formation for Pre-Marriage presenters, will be conducted by Anna Ling from PRH, on August 13 and 14 at Majodi.

2. Clergy Monthly Recollection is set for August 16 and 17 at Majodi.

3. On Aug 23-34, 2022 at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, KL, 24 clergy, pastoral workers and ministry heads will be participating at the annual Peninsular Malaysia Pastoral Team (PMPT) ASSEMBLY. The three Peninsular Dioceses will gather to discern and decide on the pastoral orientation for 2023, and prepare for the 2026 Pan Malaysian Pastoral Convention in Majodi.

4. The Seen-Sacraments Pilgrim Walk is a spiritual preparation to rediscover and renew our call and mission as the baptised. Journey together in your parishes or at Majodi, with your priests. Connect with your history, your story and your faith. Watch out for a healing November.

This week’s Question and Query
The Q asks: People talk of first-half and second-half of life. What does it mean? (From Strength To Strength, Arthur C Brooks)

1. It is about finding purpose and fulfilment in the second half of life. For the first half of life, working tirelessly seems to be a tried and true formula for success.

2. But eventually, working hard stops working. As we age, our abilities change. But contrary to popular belief, that isn’t a bad thing. In fact, the second half of life can be even more promising than the first. With the right strategies and mindset, you can find success and lasting fulfilment as you age – happily going from strength to strength.

3. According to Raymond Cattell, there are two types of human intelligence: fluid intelligence and crystallised intelligence. Fluid intelligence is “the ability to reason, think flexibly, and solve novel problems, is highest in early adulthood and declines dramatically starting in one’s 30s and 40s. Eventually, it will fail you. Fortunately, that’s where crystallised intelligence comes into play. Cattell defined crystallised intelligence as “a person’s knowledge gained during life by acculturation and learning”; which relies on accumulated knowledge, and increases through one’s 40s, 50s, and 60s, and doesn’t decline until much later in life.

4. In other words, young people have the ability to think on their feet and recall facts. But older people are uniquely better able to understand and apply their accumulated knowledge.

5. Cicero had a few fundamental beliefs about older age. First, be dedicated to service. Second, use wisdom, the greatest gift at this stage. Third, mentor, advise, and teach others, which are your natural strengths. And finally, your focus shouldn’t be on amassing worldly rewards, but on giving back. 6. So rather than regretting the decline of your fluid intelligence, relish in your rising crystallised intelligence – and put this unique gift to good use by shaping younger generations, and using your wisdom to serve others well.

“Religion creates cloisters in our memory. Spirituality liberates our consciousness.” Have a lovely weekend. A blessed week awaits you. God bless you all.

Bishop Bernard Paul
August 12, 2022

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