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Two Heroes of Macau – Frs. Caetano Nicosia and Luis Ruiz

In the mid-20th century, two European missionaries went to Macau to serve the poorest of the poor. They were Fr. Luis Ruiz, who was regarded as the Father of the Poor in Macau; and Fr. Caetano Nicosia, who was termed the Angel of the Lepers. How did they dedicate their whole lives to rewrite the stories of the lives of the marginalized in Macau and in Mainland China?
Publish date: 2018 - 4 - 14


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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Faustina (8)

St. Faustina spread the news of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and told others that God’s mercy was especially offered for humanity on Divine Mercy Sunday. She would also physically experience the pains of Jesus in her hands, feet, and side whenever God wanted her to pray for sinners, especially when she encountered anyone mired in sin. Once, an angel brought her to Hell, and she learned that those souls there had not believed in Hell. Jesus taught her three ways to show God’s mercy to her neighbours: by word, action, and prayer. Like St. Faustina, let us work for the conversion of sinners, so they might avoid Hell and ascend to Heaven.
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In 1936, St. Faustina was transferred to live in two rural convents. Before departing Vilnius, she was asked by an elderly nun to ask Jesus whether He had truly forgiven her sins after Confession all these years. That night at Mass, during the Consecration, she heard Jesus saying, “Her lack of faith injures my Heart far more than her sins.” On April 3, Jesus showed her how many souls she had converted over Lent by revealing a ciborium holding the many Eucharists they had received. On May 11, St. Faustina transferred to Krakow and served as the gardener and porter. Jesus revealed that all who prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet would receive special graces from the inexhaustible Mercy of God. He also instituted Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday after Easter, which would be a refuge of sinners, when a fountain of mercy would be opened as an ocean of grace for sinners. On this Divine Mercy Sunday, let us ask for God’s mercy by praying the Chaplet.
Publish date: 2018 - 4 - 7


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On September 13, 1935, St. Faustina received a vision of an angel destroying a city. But she begged God to have mercy on the city, praying with some divinely-inspired words. After praying those words, the angel was made powerless to destroy the city. Later, God revealed to St. Faustina that she had prayed the first Divine Mercy Chaplet and was to spread it to others. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed on the same beads as the Rosary, but begins with the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, the Apostles’ Creed; followed by five decades of one “Eternal Father” prayer and ten “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion” prayers; and concluded by three “Holy God” prayers. Jesus lamented that many of the elect, instead of entering into intimate conversation with Him in the interior life, were looking for distractions in the external world. When we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, let us meditate on the interior presence of God.
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 31


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From 1933 to 1936, St. Faustina lived in Vilnius, present-day Lithuania. She found a spiritual director in Fr. Michael Sopocko, who asked her to ask Jesus about the meaning of the red and white rays in the Divine Mercy Image. Jesus responded that they represented the blood and water that flowed from his Sacred Heart after it was pierced, and that those souls who took refuge in it were blessed. In 1934, St. Faustina was told by Mary that she would suffer much for her mission to the Divine Mercy devotion and was told to pray for the souls of the dying. At 3pm one day, she heard a sister’s voice from Warsaw, “Please pray for me until I tell you to stop. I am nearing death.” St. Faustina prayed without ceasing until, at 5pm, she heard the voice again: “Thank you.” The next day, she received news that Sister Philomena had passed away in Warsaw the previous day at 4:45pm. In 1935, a marshal was on his death bed, and he was admired for his achievements but was far from the Church, and his sins caused him to suffer a hell on earth. Nonetheless, he had a strong devotion to the Virgin Mary, and through the intercessory prayers of St. Faustina, he entered Purgatory instead of Hell. St. Faustina also had a gift of prophecy and she told Fr. Sopocko that a beautiful Polish city would be destroyed because of the sin of abortion. After World War II, he realized that she had prophesized the destruction of Warsaw by the Nazis after the Warsaw Uprising.
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 24


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Following His Way

What does it mean to have a vocation? How can we respond to God's call? While at a vocation fair, Fountain of Grace met an organization which fosters vocations as well as a Franciscan vocations promoter, in an attempt to better understand the mystery of vocation.
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 17


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In 1931, St. Faustina received a vision of the Divine Mercy Image: Jesus with His right hand raised in blessing and his left hand over His Heart, out of which shone two rays of light – one red and one white. Jesus commanded St. Faustina to depict the vision on an image with “Jesus, I trust in You” at the bottom, to promote its veneration, and promised special protection to the souls who venerated it, especially at the hour of death. He also promised the special grace of conversion to those who prayed the Conversion Prayer. He said, “The faithlessness of sinners rends My Heart, and the lack of trust in the elect increases my anguish.” In the five months that St. Faustina spent in Warsaw in preparation for taking her perpetual vows, she struggled to find a confessor who could tell her whether her visions came from God. Eventually, she found a priest who understood her at a retreat, and she understood that her mission was from God. After taking her perpetual vows in 1933, she commissioned an artist in Warsaw to paint the vision, but on first seeing it, she was so distraught at its inferiority to the vision of Jesus that she tearfully ran back to the convent chapel to pray. Jesus told her, “The importance of the image lies not in the beauty of the paint, but in the grace of God.”
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 16


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In the five years between her first and perpetual vows, St. Faustina was transferred constantly, because she took her vow of obedience very seriously, and her superiors knew she would never complain. Once, she experienced standing before God, who revealed that even the smallest sin required repentance. Jesus said, “Would you like to suffer for a day in Purgatory or on earth?” “I want both,” said St. Faustina. Jesus replied, “One is enough. You will suffer greatly on earth.” Another time, God revealed to St. Faustina that he was angry at a city in Poland, and wanted her to offer up Jesus’ Precious Blood and Sacred Wounds to the Father in reparation for its sins for seven days each year. When she renewed her vows, God tied a golden cincture around her waist, promising her that she would never be tempted to be unchaste.
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From 1926 to 1928, Sr. Faustina was a novice sister. Her novitiate teacher taught her to be humble and trust in God like a child, and she did not hold grudges against others, only praying to God about them. At the end of her first year of the novitiate, she experienced her 18-month Dark Night of the Soul. She felt abandoned and despaired, prayer and meditation were difficult, and temptations great. She was supported by her teacher, who told her that God had favoured her. Once, she received a vision of St. Thérèse de Lisieux after praying a Novena to her, and was told, “I suffered like you, but if you trust in Jesus, you will be a saint too.” In 1928, she took her first vows and left the novitiate. After the ceremony, she told her parents, “The one I took my vows to, is the son-in-law you have betrothed me to, Jesus Christ.”
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 3


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Wake Up to the Word of God

Joseph Shu is an accomplished electrical engineer. Since 1997, he has been travelling around the world to preach the gospel. Fountain of Grace invited him to share how his habit of reading the scriptures early in the morning has transformed his life.
Publish date: 2018 - 2 - 24


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Born in Poland on August 25, 1905 and named Helena, St. Faustina was the third of ten children and first heard God’s voice calling her to join the religious life at age seven. But her parents refused, so she suppressed the calling and worked to earn money. One day, while at a dance, she saw a sorrowful Jesus asking, “How much longer must I wait?” Helena went to the cathedral and prayed, and Jesus told her to enter the convent at Warsaw. In 1925, a priest led her to enter the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw. After a few weeks, Helena considered leaving for a stricter convent but Jesus appeared to her looking sorrowful and she asked Him, “Who has hurt You?” Jesus said, “You – I have prepared many graces for You in this order.” Helena decided to stay. Once, she asked Jesus, “For whom shall I pray?” The next night, her guardian angel showed her Purgatory, filled with souls suffering from desire of God in futile prayer. She understood that only the prayers of others could help. Jesus said, “My mercy does not desire it, but justice demands it.” In 1926, Helena was sent to Krakow, took the habit and the name Sr. Maria Faustina.
Publish date: 2018 - 2 - 24


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A Miraculous Cure

Norry Kwan is an ordinary housewife in good health. It is hard to imagine she was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago and was once on the brink of death. She woke up from a coma miraculously and recovered completely. In Fountain of Grace, she shares with us her amazing journey of healing.
Publish date: 2018 - 2 - 17