Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, readers!

I can’t believe more than 3 months have passed since New Year and I don’t think I’ve done anything remarkable.

I have to admit that this blog is dying every single day. I don’t forget, but it’s really difficult to make time and I’m not sure whether I still have the passion to write. Anyway, I will try to make time, I promise you that.

So, what have I done since my last update?

Well, I still help running my family Japanese Restaurant. In addition, I also take over the Catholic book shop in my Church. So my day usually starts at 6.15 am and ends when I’m done, usually after 9 pm, this runs from Monday to Sunday, except for public holiday (but not when the PH is on Sunday).

Besides that, I am also trying my best to make time for reading, my other hobbies. But most of my day are spent behind the wheel. So awhile back, I tried listening to Audiobook for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. While it was good (I managed to listen to the whole book), but it’s a different sensation with reading because it’s difficult for me to re-listen if I missed something.

In short, I’m trying to do activities that I used to like in the past but doing it better this time because those activities made me who I was and I want to be the person who I was a few years ago, but I want to be better. A whole lot better!

 

In Memoriam : Auntie Pat

Auntie Pat passed away yesterday morning.
I knew her since I was 8 years old. She worked in my supplier’s office in Singapore. She was always very kind and generous. She would always have sweets, toys, etc to give me whenever I went there with my late dad. Meeting her would always make my day.
She had been sick for some time. The last Lunar New Year, she was hospitalised and she insisted her sister to call my mum because she wanted to give my mum something and also red packets for me and my sister. At that time, I believe we knew that this moment was coming.
But no matter how much you prepare, I can never be prepared for this. I don’t know. Maybe because I seldom experience the few deaths in my family that I experienced were sudden that I didn’t have time to grieve or… maybe I don’t want to. My father’s death happened just like that, so was my grandma’s. Uncle Jan’s too. It happened to quick and sudden that I didn’t have time to process anything. After that, life went back to normal. I have never been good at saying goodbye and probably never will.
DearAuntie Pat,
Thank you for the joy and blessing you have brought into my life. I will miss you and you will never be forgotten.
-Vinz-

Mengapa banyak Katolik meninggalkan iman mereka dari usia 10 tahun?

Saya tidak terkejut kalau membaca “Orang Katolik meninggalkan iman Katolik” karena itu sudah sering terjadi dan akan terus terjadi. Di awal bulan ini, saya membaca satu artikel di website Catholic News Agency yang menyatakan bahwa ada Katolik yang meninggalkan iman mereka sejak berusia 10 tahun dan alasannya bukan karena bosan dengan Misa.

Sebagian dari mereka meninggalkan Iman Katoliknya dan menjadi Agnostik ataupun Ateis. Ketika ditanya lebih dalam, mereka mengungkapkan bahwa mereka butuh penjelasan ilmiah (science) dan juga bukti-buktinya.

Menurut Dr. Mark Gray, seorang peneliti senior di Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) Georgetown University, Generasi muda saat ini mempunyai pergumulan iman yang berbeda dan belum pernah ada sebelumnya. Beliau juga mempublikasikan 2 hasil riset CARA; riset yang pertama mengenai orang yang dibesarkan dalam Iman Katolik tetapi meninggalkan iman mereka di usia 15-25 tahun. Riset yang kedua mengenai orang-orang yang mengidentifikasikan dirinya Katolik dari usia 18 tahun.

Ketika mendalami masalah ini, beliau mendapati bahwa banyak orang muda katolik yang meninggalkan iman karena mereka mendapati bahwa iman Katolik tidak sesuai dengan apa yang mereka pelajari di sekolah menengah maupun di universitas. Dalam “peperangan” antara Gereja Katolik dan Ilmu Pengetahuan, Gereja kalah.

Interview dengan orang muda katolik yang telah meninggalkan Gereja mengungkapkan bahwa kebanyakan dari mereka memutuskan untuk meninggalkan gereja di usia 13 tahun. Hampir dua pertiga dari mereka yang disurvei, 63 persen, mengatakan mereka berhenti menjadi Katolik antara usia 10 dan 17 tahun. 23 persen lainnya mengatakan mereka meninggalkan Iman sebelum usia 10 tahun. Dari semua itu, hanya 13 persen yang mengatakan kemungkin untuk kembali mengimani Iman Katolik.

Alasan paling umum diberikan untuk meninggalkan iman Katolik, dengan satu dari lima responden, adalah mereka berhenti percaya pada Tuhan atau agama. Ini adalah bukti dari “keinginan di antara beberapa dari mereka untuk bukti, bukti apa yang mereka belajar tentang agama mereka dan tentang Tuhan,” kata Gray.

Ini adalah tren dalam budaya populer untuk melihat ateisme sebagai “cerdas” dan iman sebagai “sebuah dongeng,” katanya.

Sebenarnya, jika dipelajari, tidak ada pertentangan antara ilmu pengetahuan dan ajaran agama. Bahkan bisa ditelusuri ke Santo Agustinus di abad ke lima, bagaimana Iman Katolik dan ilmu pengetahuan selalu berjalan berdampingan. Dan Gereja selalu terbuka untuk ilmu pengetahuan.

Bagaimana pendapat anda mengenai hal ini? Dan apakah yang bisa dilakukan oleh Gereja agar anak-anak kita bisa tetap mengimani Katolik? Silahkan meninggalkan komen di bawah.

SUMBER

2016!

A quarter into 2016, and this is my first post. Sorry!

I’ve been busy with the Young Adult group across the Vicariate Forane here. We’re preparing for Indonesian Youth Day (IYD), which will be held in Manado, North Sulawesi on October 1-6 2016.

There are so many challenges that we have to face in this project. For example, geography; there are 7 parishes and it’s located in different islands, four in Batam island and the other three are in three different islands. So it’s very difficult and costly to have meeting. I will make another post solely on IYD.

Another good news, I’m back being an active member of Legion of Mary. It was a tough call. It took me almost 7 months to finally decide that I wanted to be an active member. During those 7 months, I had the thought to quit more than I could count. It was definitely not easy for me. But I made my decision. Thus, I said my Legion Promise 2 weeks ago. This is my 3rd Praesidium and my 12th year being Legioner. I think Legion of Mary is the only Church group where I never see any fight/quarrel among the members. The Legion meeting is very organized and packed that we don’t have idle time to do/discuss anything else besides our meeting.

 So yes, that’s about it.

Dengue Fever & Crow

Hey all!

I’ve been super busy this week. A cousin of mine has been hospitalized since Monday for Dengue Fever. He came from another island, about 90 minutes away. He was in terrible shape when he came, his Blood platelet count was only 2,000. Normally, you would have from 150,000 to 450,000 platelet per microlitre of circulating blood. He’s still in the hospital but the doctor said he could be discharged from the hospital tomorrow. So that’s a good news.

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