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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Catherine Labouré (3)

Ten years after St. Catherine Labouré received her visions of Mary, another sister of the same order, Sr. Justine, received her own vision. In 1840, she saw Mary clutching her enflamed Immaculate Heart with her right hand, and her left hand grabbing a green scapular, with an image of the Immaculate Heart pierced by swords on the reverse, encircled by the prayer “Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.” A voice told her that through this image, many lost souls would be brought to Mary and saved. Sr. Justine knew that she had to distribute this sacred image as fast as she could. In 1841, Sr. Justine told Fr. Jean-Marie about the visions, but as he was already promoting the Miraculous Medal devotion of St. Catherine Labouré, the promotion of the Green Scapular devotion was delayed and lacking in faith. Mary appeared in 1842 and 1846 to protest. People asked whether the devotion required any specific blessings, and Mary told Sr. Justine in a vision that, as the scapular belonged to no particular order, no specific blessing was needed. The devotee need only pray the prayer on the back of the scapular daily. The Pope approved the Green Scapular devotion and it spread widely, bringing many souls to conversion.
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Edwin’s blog – May 26, 2018

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Music of the Heart – Walk with you

This episode of Music of the Heart will share a song recently re-edited. The hosts will share about their thoughts on marriage, and what we should do to maintain a good marital relationship.
Publish date: 2018 - 5 - 26


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Living Spring of Evangelization

Although he was baptized from a young age, publisher Peter Ko knows nothing about his faith. However, from working as an apprentice to becoming a successful businessman and a driving force of evangelization, his life seems to have been propelled by an invisible hand every step of the way. In this week's episode of "Fountain of Grace", Peter will share with us the story of how God led him back into the arms of the Church to embark on an evangelization journey.
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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Catherine Labouré (2)

On the night of July 18, 1830, the Virgin Mary first appeared to St. Catherine Labouré, the “sweetest moment” of her life. On November 27, 1830, the Virgin Mary appeared again as she was meditating in the chapel – she saw Mary standing on a hemisphere before the altar, offering up a gold orb to God. On her hands were many jewelled rings: she told St. Catherine that they were graces delivered to those who requested them. The dull ones, she said, were the graces that no one requested. Then, Mary extended her two arms on the hemisphere, light shone forth, and she was encircled by the words “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”. Then, the frame began to rotate, and on the reverse, she saw a large letter M surmounted by the cross and encircled by twelve stars above the Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns and the Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced by a sword. Mary told Catherine to make sacred medals of this image, and that those who wore it on the neck would receive special graces. She only told her confessor about the visions, and after two years of investigation, he finally brought the matter to the Archbishop of Paris, who approved the distribution of the medals. The devotion spread widely and became known as the Miraculous Medal of Our Lady of Graces. There was a wealthy Jew called Alphonse Ratisbonne who hated the Catholic Church. One day, his friend dared him to wear the Miraculous Medal and pray the associated Memorare prayer. While waiting for his friend in church one day, Alphonse saw the Virgin Mary appear as in the Miraculous Medal image. He instantly understood Catholic teaching, converted, was baptized, became a priest to the Jews, and his entire family of 28 was converted, including two brothers who became priests. St. Catherine never revealed her identity as the Miraculous Medal visionary, and only just before death did she reveal her identity to her superiors, so that they could make a statue of Mary offering a gold orb to God as in the vision. In 1876, she died, and 57 years later, her body was found to be incorrupt. Today, she enjoys the company of Mary forever in Heaven.
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Edwin’s blog – May 19, 2018

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Marriage Enrichment – Love in adversity

Marriage Enrichment - Help couples to establish a happy, fruitful, and healthy family, so that marriage life can be more meaningful and purposeful. This episode, we have invited Jimmy and Margaret to share their experience from one of their vacation trip, and how it gives them new meanings for their marriage
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Sing praises to God — in Cantonese Opera style

As an instructor for the Cantonese opera singing class for the Fountain of Love and Life, Cantonese opera singer Ms Ines Cheang channels her passion for the art of Cantonese opera singing into the classroom. With great patience, persistence and love, she teaches tirelessly, utilizing her gift of singing from God to serve him. Together, Ms Cheang and her students proclaim their faith and spread the good news by singing songs about God in Cantonese opera style.
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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Catherine Labouré

May 13th is Mother’s Day, also the 101st anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. The period of 1830-1954, known as the Marian Age, was a period of numerous Marian apparitions, starting with Catherine Labouré in 1830. Born on May 2, 1806, Catherine Labouré dreamt an old priest telling her to come over, but she refused. He said, “My child, it is good to care for the sick; you have left me now, but you will later come willingly. God has a plan for you, do not forget that.” Many years later, she saw a portrait of that priest on the wall in a Daughters of Charity-run hospital – it was their founder, St. Vincent de Paul. In 1830, she entered the order in Paris, and was granted many visions. On the eve of the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, the mother superior explained the virtues of their founder to the novices, and gifted them some of his relics. She prayed fervently to the Saint, asking that he grant her a vision of the Virgin Mary. At night, an angel woke her up, told her to meet the Virgin Mary in the chapel. On entering, she saw Mary seated on the mother superior’s seat, and the angel told her to kneel beside Mary. Mary told her, “God will give you a mission. You will be opposed, but do not be afraid. Tell your superiors all that you see. France and the world are very evil. I will give graces to those who pray for them. There will be persecution, and the Cross will be insulted.” Over the next 125 years, the Church went through many revolutions and two World Wars, but Mary sustained her with messages of prayer and reparation.
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Edwin’s blog – May 12, 2018

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Globe Tour – Fatima

Vivien to share her experience from a pilgrimage trip to Fatima, Portugal, and how she feels at home at this foreign land.
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Explorers of Beauty: Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey

Children are naturally more perceptive to faith due to their innocence and humility. As parents accompany their children on their spiritual journey, not only do they draw closer to their children, they are also drawn closer to God. Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE) not only helps kids encounter Jesus, it also provides opportunities for parents to walk alongside their kids on their faith journey.
Publish date: 2018 - 5 - 5