Posts Tagged ‘humility’
 
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Pope Francis: Begin our prayer with humility

(CNA/EWTN News) Learning to pray well is a continual process, but should always start from a place of humility, as Jesus demonstrated in the Gospels, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “Even if we have been praying for so many years, we must always learn!” the pope said December 5. “The prayer of man, this yearning that […]
Publish date: 2018 - 12 - 5


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On that special day . . .

Be faithful, be humble and God will bless us
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 1


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Are we willing to become the anawim?

The joy and peace that Jesus gives will surely far outweigh the weight of the yoke.
Publish date: 2017 - 7 - 9


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Pope Francis: The desire for power is a human temptation, to give oneself to others is divine

(CNA/EWTN News) Those who embrace their own littleness become the “spokespersons” of God, Pope Francis said during Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, celebrating the 1050 anniversary of Poland becoming a Christian nation. It was the first major event of the Pope's trip to the country for the 31st World Youth Day. “To be attracted by power, by grandeur, by appearances, is tragically human,” the pontiff said in his homily. “But to give oneself to others, eliminating distances, dwelling in littleness and living the reality of one’s everyday life: this is exquisitely divine.”
Publish date: 2016 - 7 - 29


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Pope Francis: Pride empties prayer and keeps God at a distance

(CNA/EWTN News) One who prays with humility and awareness of his or her sin speaks to God, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, whereas one who prays with arrogance and self-righteousness is speaking to a mirror. “It is not enough to ask ourselves how often we pray,” the Pope said to the thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly general audience. “We must also ask ourselves how we pray, or rather, how our heart is.”
Publish date: 2016 - 6 - 2


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God’s Gifts

Gratitude is the state of giving thanks. It is the condition of giving thanks for everything in life.
Publish date: 2016 - 1 - 7


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Pope Francis: Seek God in the most needy, the sick, the hungry, the imprisoned

(CNA/EWTN News) Speaking at a Rome homeless shelter, Pope Francis has said the humility of Jesus Christ’s birth shows that mankind can find God in poverty. The Pope was at the shelter to open a special Holy Door for the homeless during the Year of Mercy. “This is the door of the Lord,” the Pope said December 18 as he opened the Holy Door. “Open the gates of justice. For your great mercy will enter into your house, O Lord.”
Publish date: 2015 - 12 - 23


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Pope Francis: The ministry of bishops, priests and deacons is an unmerited gift of God’s mercy

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly general audience on November 12, Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying that those who are ordained should never be “authoritative,” but rather humble and merciful. “It is only by acknowledging that their ministry is an unmerited gift of God’s mercy that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 13


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Pope Francis: Charisms are bestowed upon the faithful for the benefit of the whole community

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis dedicated his weekly general audience on October 1 to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, saying that rather than making us better than others, they commission us to serve our brothers and sisters. “A charism is more than a talent or personal quality. It is a grace, a gift that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 2


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Our Zeal for God Is Consuming Us!

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time “My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God” (Psalm 63:2). Gentle in tone and unadorned in expression, the human yearning for God, as reflected in the antiphon of this Sunday’s Responsorial Psalm, belies the zeal and vigour simmering deep in the psalmist’s heart. In fact, his longing for […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 31


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Proper Wedding Garments

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying, “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 21


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Greatest in the Kingdom of God

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 12


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Parable of the New and Old Treasure

Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 31


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In the Face of Calumny

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Jesus went around to all the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 8


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Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 1


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Birth of John the Baptist

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 24


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Love God’s Commandments

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. “I have told you this so that my joy might be in […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 22


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Peace that the World cannot Give

One who is presumptuous often imagines that he has gained God’s peace through self-distrust and trust in God when the case is far otherwise. And this will be made clear to you by the way he takes his failures. If, after a fall, you give way to despondency and vexation, and despairingly complain that you […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 20


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Redemptive Suffering

“He that eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.” This passage in today’s Gospel was written that we do not bear malice towards those who injure us; but rebuke them and weep for them. For the subjects of weeping are not those who suffer, but they who do the wrong. Those […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 15


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My Sheep Hear My Voice

In today’s Gospel, the Jews wanted our Lord to say, “I am the Christ.” Perhaps, as they only thought of the Messiah in a human way, having failed to discern His divinity in the Prophets they wanted Christ to confess Himself the Messiah, of the seed of David; that they might accuse Him of aspiring […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 13


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Born of the Holy Spirit

The expression, “Marvel not,” shows that Nicodemus was surprised at His doctrine. Jesus then makes an example from the motion of the wind; “The wind blows where it lists, and you hear the sound thereof, but can not tell whence it comes, and whither it goes: so is every one that is born of the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 29


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Obedience is the Best Proof

耶穌在十字架上死了。祂看似一個失敗者。祂沒有如一些人要求般下來,以證明自己真的是天主子。但祂其實早就跟門徒說過:「世界的首領就要來到;他在我身上一無所能,但為叫世界知道我愛父,並且父怎樣命令我,我就照樣去行」(若 14:30-31)耶穌用對天父的絕對服從來證明自己是天主子。 魔鬼利用了亞當、厄娃的不服從而使人遠離天主。藉著耶穌的服從、聽命,人類得以和天主修好。耶穌的謙卑把人類因驕傲而犯下的罪一筆勾銷。我們介意別人怎樣看自己嗎?想想在十字架上的耶穌吧。 讓我們為重發領洗誓願做好準備。 Jesus died on the cross. The way He died looked like a failure. He did not get down from the cross to prove Himself to be the Son of God. In fact, He said to His disciples in advance: “The prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 19


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Pope Francis: God wins precisely in failure

(CNA/EWTN News) In his general audience address on April 16, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a mystery which finds its answer in the passion and death of Jesus, who endured it for each of us. “This week, it will do good for us all to look […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 17


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Washing of the Disciples’ Feet

Why has Jesus done this now? The Apostles were to enjoy honor in the future. In order then that they may not exalt themselves one above the other, and say as they did before, “Who is the greatest” (Matt 18:1), nor be angry one against the other, He takes down the ambitions of them all, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 17


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Jesus and Abraham

猶太人以世俗的想法去思考耶穌的話,所以只能以耶穌肉身的年齡去推斷祂不可能見過亞巴郎。因此他們會問:「你還沒有五十歲,就見過亞巴郎嗎?」 耶穌試圖向他們解釋祂和天父的關係和祂的天主性,以及回答他們說:「我實實在在告訴你們:在亞巴郎出現以前,我就有。」「以前」,是過去式;「就有」,是現在式,因為祂的天主性沒有分過去或以後,而是永恆存在的。正如天主曾向梅瑟說:「我是自有者。」(出3:14) 可惜猶太人的不信,令他們無法理解天主永恆存在的本質,更令他們想消滅祂。耶穌身為天主,本可把這些想用石頭投向祂的人立刻處死,但天主總是緩於處罰人,反而自己隱沒了。這給我們顯示誰若鄙視祂的話,真理便會從他面前隱沒。所以我們必須以謙卑的態度來迎接主的話,不要因為驕傲或憤怒而抵抗天主的教導。 (本文以英文為準) The worldly minds of the Jews are intent on the flesh only; they think only of Jesus’ age in the flesh: “Then said the Jews to Him, you are not fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” that is to say, “Many ages have passed since Abraham died; and how […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 10