A Valentine’s Gift from God

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On Valentine’s Day, I made a blunder which turned out well in my favor. I was forced to take two hours off early from work due to my misunderstanding of time-in-lieu from the Chinese New Year holidays.

Leaving work at 4pm, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to attend Mass with my beloved before the start of our simple Valentine’s date.

Lo and behold, just after evening Mass, Father Benedict announced grimly that Masses in Singapore were suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. Our hearts broke and we became so upset. (Looking back, I could see how God’s hand was at work, allowing me an opportunity to attend Mass for the last time until the suspension lifts, for which I’m deeply grateful.)

Suspension of Mass is a huge deal for Catholics, because we are not able to receive Jesus into our lives physically through the Eucharist.

Nonetheless, I think this will be a period of spiritual union among all Christians in Singapore, as we unite in prayer to battle the invisible evils of the coronavirus that has been plaguing the world.

Lord, have Mercy on us!

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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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