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Blessing in Disguise?

Blessing in Disguise?
"The man of knowledge must find a way to turn defeat into victory"
By Irene

THE RECENT disasters make it seem that what has happened is a defeat. just think, the number of deaths here far exceeds the number in the september 11 disaster. but the results of this disaster can't be more different from then. i think it's an eucatastrophe. the mighty hand of god at work.to explain: looking beyond the obvious physical devestation.

The result of september 11 disaster is a world becoming fragmented and war torn. suspicions, distrust, hatred, discrimination...

But the result of this tsunami disaster is a world bonding together, helping the victims and survivors. no one stopped to think "hey, indonesia is a muslim country. what if the aid money is going right into osama's hands?!"

No. no one thought about that. they all just thought "here's fellow human beings in trouble and we've gotta help them." it forced people to think about their own existance and their relationships with those they love and cherish. i guess this is the blessing of such a disaster.

How we can turn the defeat into victory.the eucatastrophe. it has brought the world closer and forced them to think about their fellow people as people and not as potential enemies. and this is a good thing for our world.could it be a hidden sign from god that 2005 will be a better year for intercountry relationships? is it a really a blessing or a disaster? Think about it.

Irene is currently waiting to enter into tertiary education. She has just finished with her 'A'levels from Meridien JC. She is also the Cantor head and Organist assistant from the Church of St. Stephen's Youth Choir, 'Little Chorales'

5 comments:

Nick Teo said...

Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
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3 Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them.
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The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
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The baby shall play by the cobra's den, and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair.
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There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea.

This is taken from Isaiah 11.

My dad was sharing with his Marriage Encounter Community, saying how the 'tools of destruction' such as Aircraft Carrier and soldiers are now being used for humanitarian efforts and how adversaries are coming together to help the poor and destitudes.

Interesting observation from the bible.

Nick Teo

ChrisYeo said...

I believe that this is an important question that is underestimated by most Catholics: can the disaster really be an act of God?

For example, Fr. Bill Heng in his homily last Sunday proclaimed clearly that God will never kill the people he loves, but that it was the "mega-tons of bombs" and our abuse of the environment that destabilsed the Earth and caused the earthquake. Personally, I think the tectonic argument is flawed, but still the important point remains: Can it really be our all-loving God that caused the earthquake? Fr. Heng's answer is an emphatic no.

On the other hand, it is obvious to others that human beings can have no influence on the mighty processes of the earth's crust, leading to the conclusion that God did it.

I leave you to ponder for a moment this question of whether the recent tragedy was indeed an act of God. I warn you though that an answer may not be easy.

Nick Teo said...

My personal take on that is whatever humans cannot control or affect, then lies in the hands of God. But to me, it doesn't matter. Like what the chief rabbi said, what matters is what are we doing about it now that such a tragedy happen. (refer to living stone's website under tsunami heading)

we can't be waiting for God to resolve the damage can we?

But I suppose we dont know whats the big picture. Perhaps, the plates moved for a reason? we might not know...

ChrisYeo said...

The excellent selection of articles that Immanuel speaks of can be found here .

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