Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM)
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, House of Prayer and Formation
49, Holland Road Singapore 258849
On that night, we went to the camp to listen to Father Terence talked about the Eucharist. After that, we walked along the pavement, to Gleneagles Hospital and then to Orchard Road…
Richard spotted a snake on the floor. He was scared. I was walking behind him, with Ricsson. I saw him standing still and asked, and he pointed on the floor, a brown snake — the night was dark and the street lamps were not bright either. It was ‘orange’ light, and the snake appeared brown…
I wanted to take a picture of it, but after I stared at it, and it seemed to have ‘looked at me’, it U-turned and went back into the shrubs. No time to take picture. To ‘recall’ the location of the snake, I took a picture of the ‘landmark’ and this is the picture above… forget the name of the building.
The statue of Mary is sometimes seen with her leg stepping on a snake.
Another time I had seen another snake was at Woodlands, that was again another snake seen by Richard, but it was a green snake. Again, when I looked at it, and it looked at me, it U-turned and went back to the tree. This green snake just dropped down suddenly, IN FRONT of Richard!
On 7th September 2008, this four-legged snake, which I did not see, but later, Richard told me about it. By the time I had seen it, it had already crawled up. Where it came from I also did not know.
The chinese man who said he frequent this place, to feed the monkey, told me about the snake, he told me the name of the snake in chinese, something ‘xi’ but I forgot the name of it already. At that day, when I saw the snake, I thought of the days in Boon Lay….. My father often saw ‘Four-legged snake’, sometimes he need to stop his car to let the snake crossed the road. There were a few times he brought the snake home…. We ate them….
The Bronze Serpent (Numbers 21: 4-9)
They left Mount Hor by the road to the Sea of Suph, to skirt the land of Edom. On the way the people lost patience. They spoke against God and against Moses,”Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in this wilderness? For there is neither bread nor water here; we are sick of this unsatisfying food.’
At this God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to Moses,”We have sinned by speaking against Yahweh and against you. Interceded for us with Yahweh to save us from these serpents.’ Moses interceded for the people, and Yahweh answered him,”Make a fiery serpent and put it on a standard. If anyone is bitten and looks at it, he shall live.” So Moses fashioned a bronze serpent which he put on a standard, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.
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