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Finding Christ in the Eucharist

A group of youth witnesses their passion in prayer and Eucharistic adoration, their strong feelings towards the Eucharist, and their experience in building an intimate relationship with Christ and in discerning their vocation.
Publish date: 2016 - 9 - 24


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Pope Francis: Baptism establishes a sacramental bond of unity

(CNA/EWTN News) In his general audience during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis focused on the common baptism Christians share, saying the strength of this bond is stronger than existing divisions. “We are truly the Holy People of God, even if, due to our sins, we are not yet a people fully united,” the Pope said in his January 20 general audience, adding that “the mercy of God, which works in baptism, is stronger than our divisions.”
Publish date: 2016 - 1 - 21


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Nothing can separate us from the love of God

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Can you imagine how Jesus felt when He heard that His cousin John was persecuted and beheaded? He must have felt distressed and lonely. And naturally, He would relate that to His own final path to Calvary. So,“He withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by Himself.” (Matthew 14:13) […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 3


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Body and Blood of Christ – the cost of the ultimate love

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Jesus offers His life to redeem us, and His immense love for us gives rise to His ardent desire to be in perfect communion with us. He desires to be with us not only spiritually, but physically; not only in heaven, but also on earth. […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 22


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Flesh for the Life of the World

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of “the bread which I shall give”: this shows His power; for it shows that He was not crucified as a servant, subject to the Father, but of his own accord; for though He is said to have been given up by the Father, yet He delivered Himself up willingly. […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 8


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Judas’ Betrayal

Our Lord then said to Judas, “That which you do, do quickly,” and the traitor this once obeyed his Master. For having received the sop, he started immediately on his work: “He then having received the sop, went immediately out.” And indeed he did go out, not only from the house in which he was, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 15


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Pope Francis: Married couples are an icon of God’s love

(CNA/EWTN News) – In his weekly general audience on April 2, Pope Francis closed his catechesis on the sacraments by reflecting on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, noting that the marital couple is a unique example of divine love in the world. “Married couples carry out this vocation in a full and definitive communion of […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 3


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Pope Francis: Holy Orders is a vocation of service

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly general audience on March 26, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting his discourse to those who receive Holy Orders, referring to it as a vocation of “service.” Emphasizing again the priest’s role as servant, the Pope expressed that their lives should be full “of passionate love for […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 26


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Pope Francis: Through Anointing of the Sick, Jesus gives strength to the patient

(CNA) During his Wednesday audience on February 26, Pope Francis gave a brief catechesis on the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, noting that its purpose is to bring Christ close to the recipient. “Every time we celebrate this sacrament, the Lord Jesus, in the person of the priest, comes close to those who […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 26


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Pope Francis: Every time we go to confession, God embraces us

(CNA) During his Wednesday audience on February 19, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter’s Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. The Pope said that: “Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit who showers us with mercy and grace that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 19


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Jesus’ Compassion for the Hungry

在這天的福音中,我們再次讀到耶穌增餅的奇蹟。這是馬爾谷福音記載的第二個增餅奇蹟。上次是門徒先請求耶穌遣散群眾,讓他們去買東西吃。而這一次,福音記載耶穌主動跟門徒表示祂對群眾的憐憫。 耶穌憐憫群眾,不單關心他們肉體上的飢餓,也關心他們靈性上的飢餓。祂怕他們會在回家路上暈倒。耶穌是「道路」(若 14:6)。要走祂的道路,我們需要靈性上的食糧在路上滋養著我們。增餅奇蹟是耶穌建立聖體聖事和彌撒的預像。耶穌對門徒說的話,再一次引證祂賜給我們聖體聖血的心意。我們又會否珍惜參與彌撒和領聖體的機會呢? 耶穌透過門徒把食物分發給群眾,因此基督徒有責任令飢餓的人吃飽,不論是肉體上或是靈性上的飢餓。祈求天主轉化我們,使我們成為祂的工具,令眾人都得到飽飫。 這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Saturday of week 5 of Ordinary Time – Gospel In this Gospel reading, we come across the multiplication of the loaves and fishes again. This is the second of the two such miracles recorded in Mark. Last time, it was the disciples who first asked Jesus to dismiss the crowd, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 15


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The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

耶穌稱外邦人為小狗,並說拿兒女的餅扔給小狗是不對的,是指耶穌的救恩是天主早應許給亞巴郎的後裔,即猶太人;所以先給外邦人,是不對的。耶穌對婦人這樣說,其實並非真的拒絕她,而是藉她堅定的信德,鼓勵其他人在祈禱時也要懷有堅定、不容易氣餒的精神。 婦人接受小狗的稱呼,還表示她願留在桌子底下,為吃到孩子們掉下的碎屑;這顯出她對主的信賴,亦因她充滿智慧的回答,耶穌應允了她所祈求的,即魔鬼從她女兒身上出去了。 我們這些罪人,其實也如耶穌口中的小狗,不值得領受天主的麵餅,或參與祂頒下的聖事;可是如果我們能懷著痛悔和謙卑的心,來到主前懇求祂的憐憫,仁慈的天主必定會醫好我們的靈魂,幫助我們脫離邪惡的生活,如祂也為婦人的女兒驅走魔鬼一樣。 (本文以英文為準) Jesus calls the Gentiles dogs, as they were thought wicked by the Jews; and He means by bread the benefit which the Lord promised to the children, that is, to the Jews. The sense therefore is, that it is not right for the Gentiles first to be partakers of the benefit, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 13