Sharing: 2018 Pilgrimage to Holy Land



              The Holy Family Church arranged a pilgrimage to Holy Land for total 33 persons including Fr. Lu and myself.  Fr. Lu asked me to join the pilgrimage so I asked to leave from Hong Kong after the 11th International Biblical Conference in Chinese Language so we had direct flight Hong Kong-Tel Aviv on Nov 27.

Fr. Lu introduced me to our guide Sr. Jiang, who recognized me as I visited their convent in Baoding, upon arriving at airport.  She studied in Holy Land and had a pass to be a guide.
Here are our pilgrimage destinations:
2.   Mass and renewal of marriage vows of two couples at Cana (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_Church_at_Cana)
4.   Stella Maris Monastery on Mount Carmel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Maris_Monastery)
7.   Capernaum Synagogue (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capernaum)
9.   Boating in the Sea of Galilee (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_of_Galilee)
10.       Mass at Church of the Primacy of St. Peter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Primacy_of_Saint_Peter)
11.       Mass at Church of the Multiplication (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Multiplication)
12.       Church of the Beatitude (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Beatitudes)
13.       Church of the Transfiguration (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Transfiguration)
14.       Church of the Resurrection of the Widow’s Son (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Resurrection_of_the_Widow%27s_Son)
15.       Mount of Temptation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_of_Temptation)
16.       Yardenit Baptismal Site (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yardenit)
17.       Floating on Dead Sea (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea)
19.       Church of Bethpage (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Bethphage)
20.       Mount Olives (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_of_Olives)
21.       Church of the Pater Noster (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Pater_Noster)
22.       Chapel of the Ascension (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_of_the_Ascension,_Jerusalem)
23.       Dominus Flevit Church (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominus_Flevit_Church)
24.       Mass at Church of All Nations (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_All_Nations)
25.       Church of the Visitation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Visitation)
26.       Church of Saint John the Baptist (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Saint_John_the_Baptist,_Jerusalem)
27.       Church of the Nativity and Mass at Church of St. Catherine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Nativity)
28.       Chapel of the Shepherd’s Field (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_of_the_Shepherd%27s_Field)
29.       Chapel of the Milk Grotto (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_of_the_Milk_Grotto)
30.       Prayer at Western Wall (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Wall)
32.       Way of the Cross (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_Dolorosa)
33.       Mass at Church of the Holy Sepulchre (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Holy_Sepulchre)
34.       Abbey of the Dormition (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_of_the_Dormition)
35.       The Upper Room (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenacle)
36.       Church of St. Peter of Gallicantu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Saint_Peter_in_Gallicantu)
37.       Mass at Emmaus – Nicopolis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmaus)
38.       St. Peter’s Church Jaffa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Church,_Jaffa)

I couldn’t hold my tears at the Basilica of the Annunciation when I remembered that I was baptized on the Holy Saturday on March 25, 1989 and “Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1: 38) which was the beginning of my vocation journey.
Fr. Lu decided to do an affusion at Yardenit Baptismal Site but two young parishioners and I asked for submersion.
Each of of us got a letter from God and a piece of blank paper to write prayer to be placed at the Western Wall.   I wrote my gratitude besides petitions for the people I ministered to.
The eight Station of the Cross reminded me not to weep for Jesus, but weep for myself in the times of failing to do good and better (cf. Luke 23:28).
We met a Protestant group (with several Catholics) from Kalimantan so I was thinking to have a chance to meet an Indonesian that I know.  On the seventh day, I met the Indonesia Vice Provincial of Carmelites Fr. Hari at the Church of Visitation.  What a holy coincidence!  Another holy coincidence was this pilgrimage (Nov 27 – Dec 6) was in between the 11th International Bible Conference in Chinese Language and Biblical Lecture (Nov 22-26) and a Biblical Lecture, which was organized by Hong Kong Catholic Biblical Institute http://www.sbofmhk.org/eng/Aboutus/hkcbi.html on Dec 7-8.  Fr. Fedrieic Manns, OFM (Biblicum Studium Franciscanum in Jerusalem) gave presentation on “The Research of the Historical Jesus: the Fourth Quest” and “The Discovery of Magdala: its Importance for the Research of the Historical Jesus.”

 I led several days of morning prayers and share my experiences besides doing English-Chinese translation during shopping time.  Fr. Lu was taking care the singing session during the trip.  Mr. Zhang was our group leader and the youth volunteer Ms. Liang was the organizer of this pilgrimage.
The tour agency arranged shopping trips to Dead Sea cosmetic shop and a jewelry shop.
Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/
I am grateful for the opportunity to do pilgrimage to Holy Land, to visit the places of life and ministries of historical Jesus as a man for others. Fr. Lu and the parishioners are grateful for my accompaniment.

Hong Kong, December 12, 2018


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s help each other to live less waste living for better world

Sharing: The 11th International Bible Conference in Chinese Language



The 11th International Bible Conference in Chinese Language was held in Jordan Valley St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School Hong Kong on Nov 22-26, 2018 by Hong Kong Catholic Biblical Association.  There were more than 200 participants from Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, USA, Australia, etc.  The theme was “Walking with the Word of God, Living the Faith, Love and Hope.”

The presentations were Cardinal Tagle on “Dei Verbum,” Bishop Ha, OFM on Walking with the Word of God, Living the Faith, Love and Hope, Fr. Tarsisius, SVD on “Rejoice and be Glad,” Fr. Mi on “Walking with the Word of God: Mother Mary’s Faith, Love and Hope,” Fr. Xu on “The World of God guides the Road to Holiness” and Fr. Cheng on “The Word of God Inspires New Evangelization.
Fr. Hilarius, CDD (my former senior high school principal) and three parishioners came from Chinese Community of St. Joseph Chapel Jakarta-Indonesia.  Both the Indonesian SVD Fr. Tarsisius and Fr. Abdon came from Taiwan. 
Fr. Huang Jin Long and Mr. Zhou Song Sen composed a nice theme song of this conference “The Light of Life.”  
There was small group sharing and outing for Sunday Mass during the conference besides the presentation on the ministries on Word of God by each diocese/delegate including by St. Paul Biblical Evangelization Institute in Zhao Xian-China.  Several small groups and I went to St. Joseph the Worker Church to attend the Sunday Mass, go around the Caritas Center and have lunch provided by parishioners.
It was a very good conference.  The Women Congregation in Hong Kong were invited to send two sisters to attend the conference for free.  Thank you very much!

Hong Kong, December 7, 2018



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s help each other to live less waste living for better world





Thanksgiving Letter 2018


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” (Melody Beattie)
Happy Thanksgiving!

First of all, I want to thank you very much for all your support, love, gifts and especially your prayers as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  May God continue to bless you with good health, peace and joy!
 
  How is your Thanksgiving celebration? Maryknoll China Region had Memorial Mass for Srs. Barbara Ann Walenty, Joan Toomey and Fr. John E. Geitner and Thankgiving Dinner at Maryknoll Society House Hong Kong on Nov 22, 2018.  It's a very nice celebration.  
There are several guests lately: Ms. Elaine and Ms. Juchun from New York, Ms. Sandra and Mrs. Karta from Singapore, Mrs. Clare from Australia, Fr. Lu of Holy Family Church and Fr. Xu of St. Anthony’s Church besides youth group of Christ the King Church. 


I attended “Catholic Sisters in the Chinese Community” course at Hong Kong Baptist University by Prof. Cindy Chu.  There was field trip to Maryknoll Convent School including to the Boundary Street convent for students and several friends.
I am still visiting the inmates at Tai Lam Centre for Women besides attending a moving and attractive certificate presentation at Shek Pik Prison and Annual General Assembly of Prisoners’ Friends’ Association.
Several volunteers and I organized youth gathering at Holy Family Church on November 20, 2018.  The theme for this gathering is “Young and Restless in China” based on a documentary by Sue Williams (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/youngchina/).  There were 17 participants including the volunteers.
I organize a marriage preparation class, which was expanded for couples who wants to learn about marriage and family, this year.  It is a 10 hours class in two sessions.  There were 1- 3 couples for each session.  The participants appreciate it very much.  
Ok...that's it for now.  Once again, Thank you very much!  Terima kasih banyak!  多谢你!

Hong Kong, November 23, 2018
with love and prayer,



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s help each other to live less waste living for a better world

Information: Links about Near Death Experiences


(updated on Sep 20, 2018)

1.       Research on Near Death Experiences: The Findings and a Case from an Intensive Care Prospective Study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5nTFj0i9EM

2.      Dr. Jeffrey Long - God and the Afterlife - Science & Spirituality Collide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyhZV-LGtJ8&t=39s

3.      Is There Life after Death? Fifty Years of Research at UVA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AtTM9hgCDw

4.     Eben Alexander: A Neurosurgeon's Journey through the Afterlife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbkgj5J91hE&feature=youtu.be

5.      Near-Death Experiencer Anita Moorjani in Sedona: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvmABrII35c&t=2411s

6.      Reinarcation:

7.      Reinarcation II:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWIzPnDaR6Q

8.      Barbara Hebert - Reincarnation: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Implications

Sharing: Aug 2018 Youth Gathering Holy Family Church


Several volunteers of Holy Family Church and I organized a pilgrimage to Wei Zhou Island on Aug 16-19, 2018.   
Forty three participants from Shenzhen including Fr. Joseph Lu, seminarian Joseph Lin, several volunteers and I left Holy Family Church on Aug 16 morning.  Fr. Joseph Lu led the prayer followed by singing together.  Ms. Chen was the MC, Ms. Huang led the ice breaking games and Ms. Luo led the prayers during the trip. Mr. Liu and Mr. Cai were the photographer and videographer while Ms. Liang and Mr. Wu took care the meal and accommodation.  Several volunteers wore my design T-shirt “Love.”
     

After around 10 hours bus ride, we arrived at Zhanjiang-Guangdong Province.  After supper, we attended the evening Mass at Zhanjiang Cathedral.  One of the parishioners gave short introduction about the Cathedral,  (http://directory.ucanews.com/dioceses/china-zhanjiang/197).  Bishop Paul Su and Fr. Joseph Lu concelebrate the Mass, while several youth to be the reader and cantor of the responsorial Psalm.   Bishop Paul Su praise the reader and cantor.
Due to the typhoon, our ferry was delay for six hours so we stayed longer in Zhanjiang. We went to Beihai-Guangxi Province around 3 hours by bus after lunch.  Fr. Joseph Lu celebrated Mass at Beihai Cathedral.  Fr. Wang gave short introduction about the Diocese (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Diocese_of_Beihai).   
After seventy minutes of ferry ride, we arrived at Wei Zhou Island (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weizhou_Island).  Several passengers got sea sickness. 
We attended morning Mass celebrated by Fr. Mo and Fr. Lu.  Our youth was the reader and cantor at Mass.  After breakfast, I led the session on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”  I asked Ms. Chen to read the Chinese version of “Seven Key Words of Working Document of 2018 Synod of Bishops” and asked seminarian Joseph Lin, Fr. Mo and Fr. Lu to share their vocation journey. I closed the vocation journey sharing by sharing my vocation journey besides sending the scan of my sharing on the book “My Teens, My Angels” to this pilgrimage group chatting.  I prepared several questions for small group sharing and asked them to write a letter to Pope Francis. Please don’t be surprise to see they looked at their cell phones during sharing because I posted the working document and the questions for the small group sharing on this pilgrimage group chatting too. We left for St. Mary’s Church after the session.  Both Churches were tourist destinations.  Fr. Lu left for Shenzhen before lunch.
After lunch, we split to 4 groups to see around.  Our group went to Crocodile Hill and Shiluokou.  Fr. Mo invited Seminarian Lin and me to have supper with two sisters and the parish council.    Fr. Mo was assigned to Wei Zhou Island (not always stay in the island) two years ago.  There was a priest, first after twenty years, prior to him for two years.  All the villagers and several villagers in surrounding village are Catholics but many of them are not practicing Catholics.  Several of us ride the electric motorcycle went around the island.
Fr. Mo asked us to be the reader, cantor and choir for the Sunday Mass.  He and the parishioners praised the reader, cantor and choir.  The sister, parish leader and several parishioners sent us off by singing several songs.  
We have smooth ferry ride on the way back to Beihai.  After 12 hours bus ride, we arrived in Shenzhen.  
I stayed in Shenzhen several days prior and after the pilgrimage to have pilgrimage preparation meeting, attend the Feast Day Mass of Assumption besides visiting parishioners.  I also visited my relatives in Quanzhou on Aug 10-14, 2018.  I have two great grandnieces from my paternal auntie, who was left in Quanzhou when my paternal grandparents moved to Indonesia.   


Hong  Kong, Aug 25, 2018


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible

Sharing: The 18th Spirituality Forum



I left for Manila on Jul 29 to attend the 18th Spirituality Forum, which was organized by Institute of Spirituality in Asia (http://isa.org.ph/), and stayed with our sisters in Quezon city.  Fr. Fred of Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary (http://www.maryknollecosanctuary.org/) celebrated Sunday Mass in our convent and invited for Indian meal the next day.  I attended daily masses at St. Clare Monastery (https://www.mass-schedules.com/catholic-church/985/st-claire-monastery.html), Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish (https://www.facebook.com/Our-Lady-of-Miraculous-Medal-Parish-Proj-4-at-40-Years-768583546577778/) and Sisters of Charity of St. Charles Borromeo convent.
The Spirituality Forum was held at Mother Marie Anne de Tilly Hall St. Paul University on Aug 1-3, 2018 with theme: Listening to the Youth, Discerning the Spirit: Spiritual Processes of the Youth in an Unknown World. 
The topic for the morning session of first day was “Listening to the Youth, Discerning the Spirit” with the speakers:  Mark Conrad Ravanzo (co-founder/CEO I am MAD (Making a Difference https://www.facebook.com/IamMakingADifference/), Dingdong Dantes III, Fr. Art Borja SJ (Clinical Psychologist, Spiritual Director and Chaplain Xavier School), while the topic for the afternoon session of first day was “Spiritual Encounters in Youth Sport” with the speakers: Maria Caterina Cristina Lopa (Managing Director Girls Got Games Philippines http://girlsgotgame.ph/), Sabrina Ongkiko (Educator), and Noli Ayo (Founder Mindanao Peace Games https://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/10/26/1752688/mindanao-peace-games-promoting-peace-women-empowerment).
The topic for the morning session of the second day was “Media Education as Spiritual Formation” with the speakers: Christian Esguerra (Journalist and News Anchor ABS-CBN Corporation) and Ma. Angela B. Ureta, aOCarm (Former Executive Producer ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs) while the topic for afternoon session of the second day was “Dialogue within a Dialogue: Youth in a Pluralistic Society” with the speakers: Maria Regina Tijumena (National Deputy Coordinator Indonesian Youth Catholic Charismatic Renewal) and Fr. Yohanis Masneno, SVD (Executive Secretary Jacob’s Well Spiritual Center).


The topic for the morning session of the third day was “The Sacred in the Secular Space of the Youth” with the speakers: Bonnie Williams (Junior Student of Religious and Philosophy Furman University, Intern Freeman Foundation) and Sr. Anne-Marie Bos, O.Carm. (Academic Staff Titus Brandsma Instituut, Nijmegen) while the afternoon session was reflection of the International Academic Advisory Board Members: Fr. Eliseo R. Mercado, OMI, Ph.D., Prof. Alfredo P. Co, Ph.D., Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, CM, Ph.D., Sr. Maria Anicia B. Co, RVM, Ph.D., Sr. Anne-Marie Bos, O.Carm. Ph.D.
There was book launching “Spiritual of Companion (from the 17th Spirituality Forum)” and Living Flame 3 besides performance by the Indonesians.
The participants can interact with each other through the Edmodo platform: https://www.edmodo.com/
It’s very good that the youth, who do volunteer works amidst their full time work, shared their experiences and the guides gave a response during each session.  It was a very insightful forum.  Thank you very much!
Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157699842936785

Hong Kong, Aug 5, 2018


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible