Thursday, June 21, 2012

Life Goes On...

Peace and salam satu CUS kepada semua. Sebenarnya sudah lama saya rancang untuk mengarang sebuah post untuk blog ini and since I have some time to spare now, here it is. Saya rasa pada masa ini kamu semua tentu sedang sibuk berkemas mahu pulang kan? Maklumlah kita sudah tiba di penghujung semester and that post by Deejay before this more or less sums up how things have went. Thank you Deejay! The ups and the downs. Essentially, these both are complements to each other and pada pendapat saya, kedua-duanya amat diperlukan untuk membolehkan seseorang itu berkembang.

Some of us may think that we can do without the pains in life but in my opinion (which you are free to challenge), a smooth-sailing life can result in one taking matters for granted. On the other hand, when you experience heartaches, you are well aware of how some things are precious to us and we start to treasure things and people around us more. To those who agree, we may have realised this already but we have to keep reminding ourselves each day. We tend to forget. Well, we’re only humans.

It is important though how we handle our joys and pains. Bak kata pepatah ‘buang yang keruh, ambil yang jernih’, perhaps we should let only positivity reflect in us. Looking at it, we do feel happy when we see happy people, right? I don’t know about you guys but I do feel joy and tranquillity whenever I see happy kids or people showing their love to each other. Can we be like them? We all have the same thirst after all.

 The bad stuffs are inevitable sometimes. What we can do is to share and deal with these together. And we will overcome them together as a family. That’s what we have each other for. I hope you guys find this comforting. I do.

And something I've always believed in is that there’s nobody who wants to be bad in this world. Everybody wants to be good. It’s just that the way they handle things might not be in accord to our expectations or rather the way we want to see things done. And then, judging on relativity, we have good and bad people. See, that’s us being judgmental. If we don’t judge, we’ll see everybody in the same light-as equals. Therefore, I don’t think it’s fair to fix nasty labels on people. Unfair la.

During my last confession, the Fransiscan brother I went to shared something which really opened my eyes to things. He said that we are in no position to judge others. We are all sinners kan? But God the Father constantly gives us second chances. Every single time. And He is happy if that one kambing sesat returns to Him. Now when it comes to our neighbours, who are we to judge and not forgive? Even in the Lord’s prayer we have a line, “Forgive us as we forgive those who sin against us”. It’s normal to be angry and to find it hard to forgive but if we pray about it, I’m sure it’ll be easier to put our past behind us and to move on.

We have come to a point in life where we will have to say goodbye to people whom we have journeyed with for some time. It can be sad but we always have to consider the viewpoint from the other end of the spectrum. They are only moving towards more advanced and rewarding phases of their lives. It was an honour to have known each other. And nothing says that we cannot continue to be close. In this CUS, I believe that real bonds are fostered. Not temporary ones. We will be in touch come what may. And with the entry of fresh undergraduates in September, this family of ours will only grow in number.

Here, I would like to thank all you seniors who have made the CUS what it is today. You may have graduated already or you may be graduating very soon. Whichever it is, do bear in mind that you always have us for support as you go through the other phases of life be it postgraduate studies, working careers and the rest of it. And we hope to have your support and guidance too as we walk along the paths that you may have already crossed. In short, please don’t be strangers.

Another thing I would like to share about is this e-mail I received from Dr. Jacqueline, our advisor. It’s entitled, “Beyond Disrespect”. I hope you guys take time to read it and think about it. If you feel the urge that you should do something, just pray about it.

The content of the e-mail is as follows, 
Sharing and for your action. God Bless. Beyond Disrespect!  Abraham asked the Lord to spare 50 righteous people. God responded to Abraham's plea "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all ....Genesis 18:16-33 The movie " Corpus Christi " is due to be released this June to August. A disgusting film set to appear in America later this year depicts Jesus and his disciples as homosexuals! As a play, this has already been in theaters for a while. It's called " Corpus Christi " which means "The Body of Christ". It's revolting mockery of our Lord. But we can make a difference. That's why I am sending this e-mail to you. If you do send this around, we just might be able to prevent this film from showing around the world . Let's stand for what we believe in and stop the mockery of Jesus Christ our Savior. Where do we stand as Christians? At the risk of a bit of inconvenience, I'm forwarding this to all I think would appreciate it, too. Please help us prevent such offenses against our Lord. There is no petition to sign, no time limit, or minimum number of people to send this to.. It will take you less than 2 minutes! If you are not interested and do not have the 2 minutes it will take to do this, please don't complain when God does not have time for you because He is far busier than we are. Hey it's worth a shot! Apparently, some regions in Europe have already banned the film. All we need is a lot of prayer and a lot of e-mails. JUST GET THE WORD OUT! ....Will God be able to find at least 50 righteous people who are willing to express their concern and voice their opinion against this.

With that, I end this post. Again I stress here that these are only what I think. I’m not imposing and you don’t have to agree. Do feel free to discuss what you think or feel in comments below. Remember that we can also grow in faith through dialogues. Let us continue praying for each other and God bless you all..

Eh, sorry ar if my Bahasa very bida. I’m still working on it.. XD 

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"We love because He first loved us." 
1 John 4:19

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Way Back Into Love

Shalom! As time goes by, minutes by minutes, as we blink, the academic session of 2011/2012 is coming to the end. 

The 2011/2012 session starts off at the beginning of September, and ends at the end of June. Everyone of us have our own story of how our lives have gone and done for this past few months. We have our own journey, ups and downs, stresses, experiences, and lessons of life. 

Some of us might not understand what one have gone through. In fact, I knew a best friend of mine who once said that,
"People always said that they understand what he or she had been through. But, the reality is, nobody will understand what I have been through, even if they experienced the same situation. This is because how I dealt with the situation as well as the people involved in that situation will always be different than others."
I don't know if she still remember saying this, but what she said really means a lot. Every single one of us will walk on different paths, and even if we crossed the same path, it will be in a completely different time, place and people in it. 

So, what we can always actually do is to try to understand one's situation, by using this feeling called empathy. Try to put yourself in his or her shoes. Try to understand deeply what he or she have been through. And if we can't, ask them. After all, sharing is caring.


You might think that the title is a little bit off. "Way Back Into Love". Eeeewwwwww - that's what you think, isn't it? Haha. "Way Back Into Love" is actually the title of one of the soundtrack song of the movie Music and Lyrics, which starred Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. 

Try to understand deeply what the title meant... Actually, I chose this title because I'm gonna reflect back all of the official events of CUSUSM 2011/2012. We have had a great bittersweet year, as well as in CUS as well. So, I have gathered up photos of some of the events, and let us look back to what we have done in CUS for the past few months - the love that we have nourished, developed and shared throughout the year. 
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Let's go way back into love. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Feast of Corpus Christi, 10th June 2012


Corpus Christi: The Body and Blood of Christ

Dedicated by the Marian Catechists to Father John A. Hardon, S.J.
Compiled and Written by Michael and Carole Breslin

Credits to Claire Marie for sharing the article in the CUS FB Group.

"The feast of Corpus Christi is one time when our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed not just to faithful Catholics but to all the world. This is a time when Catholics can show their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful way in which we can show our love for our neighbors by bringing Our Lord and Savior closer to them. So many conversions are a result of Eucharistic Adoration experienced from inside the Church. How many more there would be if we could reach those who only drive by the church in worldly pursuits. For an example of outdoor exhibits see the following Corpus Christi procession picture and the other pictures included in this article."

On the 10th of June 2012, the celebration of Corpus Christi was held at the Assumption Church, Penang. It was my first time attending such event, to be honest. Hence, attending the event was a wonderful experience for me.

About the Feast

The full name of this feast is Corpus et Sanguis Christi or The Body and Blood of Christ. The suggestion of such feast was made by St. Juliana of Mont Carvillon. She suggested the idea of the feast based on her desire to honor the Blessed Sacrament. The idea was then established by Bishop Robert de Thorte of Liege in 1246.

Annually, 50 days after Easter is the celebration of Pentecost, the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then, on the first Sunday after Pentecost marks the celebration of Trinity Sunday, which is the day we remember and honor the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The celebration of Corpus Christi is then held on the next first Sunday after Trinity Sunday, usually in the month of June.

This year, Corpus Christi was held on the 10th of June.

After the last Mass on this feast day, Our Lord is placed in the monstrance. The priest then carries Him to four different altars representing the four corners of the earth. While processing, the congregation follows and sings. At each altar there are readings, prayers, and benediction.

To find out more about Corpus Christi, you can Google it out. The best site to know about this feast would be the site that Claire had shared out. To be honest, I also don't know much about this, so the site helps a lot. Thanks, Claire!

Not many of us had attended the event since many of us have exam papers to sit on the following day. But here are some pictures to share out the surroundings along our walk of Corpus Christi.

The walk starts at Assumption Church.

Look at the crowds. Fuh!

With me are Star, Kevin, Cath and Flora.

Senyuman menawan... :)

Walking with candles on...

We own the street! :D

Till dark we walk!

...and arrive at the destination.

The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.

After the long walk, time to queue up for buffet. XD

...but look at the long line!

Well, at least the food is quite nice... Made us full! ;)


...writing this post made me learn more about Church events. I admit I know quite less about em all.... and I'm quite glad that I'd finally knew, at least something. Will continue to learn more. 


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Share it out!

Greetings, and shalom to all readers, my brothers and sisters. 

I have made out a badge of this blog so that we could all share this blog using our own respective websites. The badge kinda looks like this: 

I made it small and simple, because I don't want to ruin your website with a heavily photoshoped image or something. Haha. But then, if you happen to have a blog, a website etc, it would be much appreciated if you include this badge in your site. 

By clicking the badge photo, you will be directed to this blog website, fuuuuhhhhh! Amazing isn't it?! ...okay probably not that amazing. But by sharing this out in your respective websites, it will help a lot in publicizing the blog. Hehe. 

Just copy the HTML code first: 
<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href=""><img border="0" height="200" src="" width="200" /></a></div><br />
...and paste em on your site!

For users, you can copy and paste the HTML code to the HTML/JavaScript Gadget available on the Layout page. For other blog users, I don't know much about other blogs, so I can't help much. Sorry!

Let us show the world how great CUSUSM is! YEAH!

Thanks all! :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The New Generation

SHALOM! Greetings, readers, brothers and sisters. It has been awhile since the last post.

Notice the difference of the blog? Well, its a sign... of a new man behind the blog. Yup, this blog had been passed on to the new board of executive committee of the Catholic Undergraduate Society, CUSUSM of 2012/2013.

If you haven't heard it yet, yes, the Annual Grand Meeting of CUSUSM had been held on the May 4th 2012. The new board is already chosen. So, I'm proud to present the organization chart of the new board of EXCOs of CUSUSM!

Designed by the Head of Publicity himself. hehe.

And if the organization chart is too messy for you, then you can view the list on the right side of the blog. :)

By the oath that was pronounced by the new board, which is in Luke 4:18-19, we had been given a responsibility.
"The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
For He has annointed me,
He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And to the blind new sight,
To set the downtrodden free,
To proclaim the Lord's year of favour."

We shall lead all members of CUSUSM from now on. We had been given a mandate. Trust. But, we can't do this alone. We need helps. Supports. Encouragements.

Plus, we did our first meeting already! All of the activities planned for next semester had already been planned, some are traditionally passed on, and some we came up with it ourselves. So stay tuned!

The latest project that we had been working on is to make the official shirts of CUSUSM 12/13. The designs are currently designed and compiled. What will be done is all the design shirts will be posted on the Official Facebook Group of CUSUSM. The shirt with most likes will be chosen as the official shirt, and will be sent to done by the suppliers during the sem break. All this will be posted soon, so stay tuned! And oh, for all the graduated seniors, or will be, you guys can still vote as well as buy the shirts later on! We will send em via post, so just bear in mind about the delivery costs. Hehe.

We will strive to do the best in sharing the love of God. YEAH!