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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima 3

Lucia Dos Santos unwisely revealed the Fatima visions to her disbelieving mother who forced her to confess that she was lying, causing much conflict in the family. The next month, on June 13 , the Dos Santos siblings received a second vision of Mary. Lucia asked, “What do you want me to do?” Mary replied, “I want you to pray the Rosary daily.” Lucia strongly desired to enter Heaven, so Mary continued, “Yes, I will soon take Jacinta and Francisco to Heaven, but you must stay on Earth a while so that others might know and honour my Immaculate Heart.” Hearing this, Lucia was upset, saying, “I must stay here alone?” Mary consoled her, “You mustn’t be afraid, my Immaculate Heart will lead you to God.” Then Mary opened up her arms and revealed her Immaculate Heart, a scene shown in many depictions of the Fatima apparitions today. In 1919, Francisco passed away, followed by his sister Jacinta in 1920, and Lucia lived until she died on February 13, 2005, aged 97. Only by depending on God’s grace were the children able to carry out their God-given missions.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 16


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Encounter with the Word – Book of Isaiah (3)

Encounter with the Word will talk about the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 16


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‘“Make straight the way of the Lord”’ (Jn 1:23)

Is there a part we can play to make straight the way of the Lord?
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 17


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about Fatima 2

This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, which occurred from May to October 1917. On May 13th, 1917, the three dos Santos siblings were playing outdoors when they saw a beautiful lady appear in a flash of light. She said, “Do not be afraid, I come from heaven. Come back here on the thirteenth day of every month.” All three siblings could see Mary, and Lucia and Jacinta could hear Mary, but only Lucia could speak to her. Lucia asked, “Will we go to heaven?” Mary replied, “Yes, but first you must pray the Rosary frequently.” Thinking of some recently deceased friends, Lucia asked whether they were in heaven. Mary replied, “Mary is, but Amelia will be in purgatory until the Last Day.” Mary then asked Lucia, “Are you willing to offer up all the sufferings which God will give you for the reparation of sins and the conversion of sinners?” Lucia agreed. Mary then said, “Go, you will suffer much, but God’s grace will console you.” The children saw God, and Mary told them to pray the prayer revealed by the Angel before, saying, “Pray the Rosary daily for world peace and cessation of war.” The message of the apparitions was to pray and sacrifice for the reparation of sins and for world peace.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 9


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Ask Fr. Francis – If someone passed away suddenly, will the departed miss the family if he/she is in heaven?

If we know someone passed away suddenly leaving their family on earth, will the departed miss the family if he/she is in heaven? If he knows their family member(s) will go towards spiritual death, are they sad and concern in heaven? If yes, is there any sadness in heaven?
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 9


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“. . . among those born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist”

Is it because of His status? His relation to Jesus? His role?
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 10


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Spiritual Talk – Fatima

In 1916, an angel, the Guardian of Portugal and the Angel of Peace, twice appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal and taught them to offer up their work and sufferings. The angel appeared a third time and, lifting high the Body and Blood of Christ, prostrated himself on the ground thrice and prayed what are now known as the second of the four Fatima Prayers. Then, the angel administered the Body to Lucia, and the Blood to Francisco and Jacinta, and taught them how to receive the Eucharist as an Act of Reparation, saying, “Jesus has been severely offended by ungrateful sinners – you must receive the Eucharist for the reparation of their sins and console your God.” Then, he disappeared, and Mary eventually appeared to the children in 1917. They noticed that, when the angel appeared to them, they felt tired and afraid to confide in him, but when Mary appeared to them, they felt energized and wanted to confide all to her. It was only later, when Lucia was commanded to write memoirs, that the apparitions of the angel were revealed. We too can learn to receive the Eucharist worthily and console God.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 2


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Encounter with the Word – Book of Isaiah (2)

Encounter with the Word will talk about the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 2


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The Jitters of the Last Day

Fear Not! Wherever the Head goes, His Body follows.
Publish date: 2017 - 12 - 3


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Pope Francis: The criterion of Jesus’ judgment is love for the neighbor in distress

(CNA/EWTN News) On Sunday Pope Francis said that when the Final Judgment comes, what will matter most is how much we loved God and others, especially through daily, concrete acts of charity toward those most in need.
Publish date: 2017 - 11 - 29


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Ask Fr. Francis – Am I Jacob or Esau?

Publish date: 2017 - 11 - 25


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How shall we be judged?

On this Sunday Gospel reflection, it is raised with an important topic: How shall we be judged.
Publish date: 2017 - 11 - 26