Archbishop of Singapore calls for independence celebrations, but mercy makes a nation great

August 9, 2016 by  
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Singapore, August 9, 2016: Despite economic, political, technological and social progress in Singapore’s first 51 years of life, the people of city-state will not be able to call themselves a “successful, wise and great nation if we are not also known as a people of compassion and mercy,” said Mgr William Goh, archbishop of Singapore, in a message to his fellow Singaporeans on the occasion of their national holiday, which marks country’s independence from Malaysia on 9 August 1965.

In the past 50 years, “we, together with our leaders, have been focusing on building a progressive society with proper infrastructure and transparent governance. As a consequence, Singapore has grown economically, technologically and politically as a nation. There is equality, justice and harmony in our country. Indeed, we can be proud of our achievements.”

After thanking God for giving the nation “Good, competent, talented leaders with integrity and strong moral values,” Mgr Goh stressed that “In our success, we must never forget the poorer and disadvantaged peoples of our country and the world, especially those countries in Asia. In this year of mercy, we, as a Nation, are challenged to move out of ourselves to focus on others who need our help and assistance.”

“There are firstly the poor and needy in our backyard. We must never think that poverty and suffering have been eliminated from our society. Many still suffer from the lack of basic needs and the affordability of medical care.

“There are many elderly who have been abandoned by their children or are all alone with no one to assist them. Often they suffer in silence, in loneliness and misery. They are often forgotten by society. Some elderly do not even have a place to call home. There are still many who cannot afford proper meals every day.”

In addition to those who have material needs, the archbishop noted that “we must remember those who are disadvantaged in society because of disability due to stroke, accident or birth defects; those intellectually challenged, those suffering from mental illness and loss of memory.

“But we also need to extend mercy and charity beyond our peoples to those poorer nations around us”, in places where “Many cannot afford education and often are without even basic medical care.

“Indeed, when we look at the young people in these countries, they seem to have no future unless rich nations are willing to help them move out of their poverty cycle through education.”

The archbishop also calls for help to families, especially those in difficulties, “those divorced or going through difficult times in married life. They need our prayers, compassion and understanding”.

Mercy in itself is not enough. For Mgr Goh, “Charity without truth cannot save a person entirely. The truth of the Good News of God’s love must be proclaimed without compromise.”

“The failure to proclaim Christ as the mercy of God through the sharing of the Word of God, the Eucharist and the Sacraments, especially of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick, would be to shortchange our people.”

If Singaporeans carry Christs to others, “then our nation can truly be called great and wise”.

– asianews

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2 Responses to “Archbishop of Singapore calls for independence celebrations, but mercy makes a nation great”
  1. SHASHI MINZ says:

    I CLEARLY RECOGNIZE THAT ALL GOOD IS IN GOD ALONE , AND THAT IN ME , WITHOUT DIVINE GRACE ,THERE IS NOTHING BUT DEFICIENCY . THE ONE SOLE THING IN MYSELF IN WHICH I GLORY IS THAT I SEE IN MYSELF NOTHING IN WHICH I CAN GLORY . CATHERINE OF GENOA …THE PLAN OF GOD FOR OUR LIFE IS THAT WE SHOULD BE HELD CAPTIVE BY HIS POWER , DOING THAT WHICH WE IN THE NATURAL WORLD NEVER DO, BUT THAT WHICH WE ARE FORCED TO DO BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVING THROUGH US . WE PRAISE YOU, FATHER ,THAT THERE IS THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION FOR ANY ONE OF US , WHO IS IN CHRIST JESUS , FOR WE THEN DO NOT WALK ACCORDING TO THE FLESH ,BUT ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT . JESUS WHEN HE WALKED ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH ALWAYS WAS IN TUNE WITH THE WILL OF THE FATHER GOD . THIS TRUTH ALONE NEEDS TO BE SHARED IN EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD ESPECIALLY TO ALL CREATION ON EARTH . THE MORE WE DIE TO OURSELVES AND YIELD OURSELVES TO THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SPIRIT , THE MORE GOD’S GOOD PLEASURE AND HIS NEARNESS TO THE BROKEN IN HEART WILL BECOME OUR VERY OWN ..IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY , FEED HIM;IF HE IS THIRSTY ,GIVE HIM A DRINK ;FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP COALS OF FIRE ON HIS HEAD .DO NOT BE OVERCOME BY EVIL , BUT OVERCO ME EVIL WITH GOOD .MAY WE PEOPLE OF THIS GENERATION ,OWE NO ONE ANYTHING ,EXCEPT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER ;LORD,FOR THE ONE WHO LOVE S ANOTHER HAS FULFILLED THE LAW .HAS FULFILLED THE LAW ROMANS 13;8 . LORD ,FOR THE ONE WHO LOVES ANOTHER HAS FULFILLED THE LAW ….ROMANS 13;8

  2. SHASHI MINZ says:

    IF ALL THE VISION OF THE ARCHBISHOP OF MALYASIA FOR THE REST OF ASIA CAN BE ENVISAGED AS A REALITY HE INDEED IS A TRUE SHEPHERD TO HIS PEOPLE WHO HAS DEVELOPED THE INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE ALL CAN BE UTILISED TO DELIVER SERVICE TO ONE ANOTHER NOT ONLY WITH LOVE AND COMPASSION BUT BE GIVEN THE APPROPRIATE TO BE OF HELP ALL THOSE IN NEED HE RIGHT WAGES AND RENUMERATION .THE HOLY BIBLE IMPLEMENTED TO ITS CORE SHALL ONLY USHER IN an era of peace and love and sacrifice much needed. it was indeed heartening to see the rio olympics games opening ceremony and everything emanating from the risen lord who alone has to be worshiped .we dear lord worship you .jesus my savoiur holy spirit my consoler i love you i praise you and i worship you .may we have a god channel dedicated to the cause of the truth ,justice and equallty in gender as well as at home . …LET US NOW DEAR FRIENDS BE AWARE OF GODS PRESENCE, WITHOUT INTERUPTION , THROUGHOUT , OUR ENTIRE DAY . AS SOON AS OUR EYES CLOSE IN PRAYER,WE SHOULD BE BLESSED BY THE JOY OF COMMUNION WITH HIM IN WHICH EXTERNAL EVENTS CANNOT INTERRUPT . GENESIS 1 2; —37 AND REVELATION 12;8′ GOD USED A BIOLOGICAL IMAGE . WE BECOME THE ENEGY SOURCE OF GOD THE FATHER . LIGHT MANIFESTED WHAT HE SAID . WHATEVER GOD CREATED IS GOOD /- LET US MAKE THE HUMAN IN OUR IMAGE AND LIKENESS . NOT GOOD FOR HUMAN TO BE ALONE . IN THE BEGINING IN ONE GOD THE FATHER THE ALMIGHTY THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH . GOD IS WORD . AND THE WORD WAS GOD .

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