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God’s Paintbrush

Jackie Lau, a religious artist from Hong Kong, has hosted several exhibitions over the past decade. Prior to each exhibition, she has to draw a vast amount of paintings in a short time. What is it that motivates her to see drawing as her mission, to a point that she is willing to sacrifice for it?
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 12


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【Spiritual Talk】 Fr. Ho talks about the virtue of love

In Heaven, faith ends and becomes sight, hope ends and becomes possession, but love is eternal. We have faith in God for His truth and hope in Him for His goodness, but we love God simply because He is God. When we sin, we betray that love. Venial sin causes spiritual sickness and can be forgiven without Confession, but mortal sin causes spiritual death and can only be forgiven through Confession. St. Bonaventure once described venial sin as inordinate attachment to a creature though not to the point of placing it above God, whereas mortal sin places a creature above the Creator. On the first Easter Sunday, Jesus breathed on His apostles and gave them the power to forgive sins. Through Confession, we can have our sins forgiven. In the Second World War, the Polish priest St. Maximilian Kolbe was imprisoned in a concentration camp by the Nazis. Although he was not permitted to, he continued his priestly duties and listened to Confessions late into the night. Once, a prisoner escaped and the authorities selected ten prisoners to be starved to death as a warning. A married man with children was chosen, but the unmarried and childless St. Maximilian volunteered to go in his stead and was martyred. He taught that the opposite of love was not hatred but indifference and that indifference was the worse of the two because one cannot both love and be indifferent to someone.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 12


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【Ask Fr. Francis】Why does God say whoever sees His face will die?

Since God is invisible, why do the bible says that when people see God, they will die?
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 5


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【Spiritual Talk】 Fr. Ho talks about the First Commandments

The First Commandment includes having faith, hope, and worship in God. Hope is a supernatural virtue; it is the anticipation of attaining the glory of Heaven and the help of the grace of God. Against hope are two extremes: despair and presumption. When we despair, we abandon the possibility of forgiveness and when we are presumptuous, we claim to love God but do not follow up with actions. We can either do evil actions in the expectation that we have already been saved, or because we haven't done any egregiously evil actions claim that we are already saved. Presumption can fester in one's heart: either we grow complacent in living our faith over time or think we have no need to enter the Church because we are already good people. St. Thomas Aquinas taught us how to pray to be ensured of being saved by God: we must pray for (1) ourselves and (2) the things necessary for salvation, and to do so both (3) fervently and (4) diligently.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 5


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Radio broadcast – Full episode (Oct 5, 2019)

【Ask Fr. Francis】 Why does God say whoever sees His face will die? 【Spiritual Talk】 Fr. Ho talks about the First Commandments 【Edwin’s blog】October 5, 2019
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 5


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Pope Francis: If there is no Holy Spirit, there is no evangelization

(CNA) Guidance by the Holy Spirit is integral to sharing the Gospel with others and bringing them to Christ, Pope Francis said during the general audience Wednesday.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 3


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【Spiritual Talk】 Fr. Ho talks about the Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments teach us how to get to Heaven. Simply believing in Jesus is not enough, we must have a living faith. When we meditate on each Commandment, we can ponder the things they prescribe and forbid. The First Commandment is to love God above all, and it prescribes four things: to believe in, hope in, love, and worship God; and it forbids their opposites, namely: disbelief, despair, hate, and superstition. Faith requires that we learn God's revealed Truth to the best of our ability, firmly believe it, and openly proclaim it. If we lack understanding in anything, we must seek the help of others. Once, there was a monk who read a passage of the Bible for a long time but even after praying for understanding, still could not understand its meaning. He had just decided to ask a neighbouring monk for help when an angel appeared, praised his humility, and rewarded him by revealing the meaning of the passage to him. God sometimes reveals the truths of the faith through others; some saints have revealed that God makes His will known to lesser angels through greater angels. If faith is weak, it is often because we are proud and seek to control all knowledge in our heads. In our modern society, faith suffers innumerable attacks. We must increase our faith through prayer.
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 28


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about purgatory

Purgatory is the destination of saved souls who did not have any unforgiven serious sins at the time of death but did not enter Heaven immediately. Before entering Heaven, they must undergo purifying suffering in reparation for their unforgiven small sins and forgiven serious sins. Some saints experienced Purgatory through private revelations and reported that it was as painful as Hell because they could not see God. But unlike the hateful and cursing souls in Hell, the souls in Purgatory were joyful and peaceful, because they knew their suffering would purify them to be with God forever. The amount of charity that we have at the time of death determines our eternal destination. Hence, the souls in Purgatory cannot increase their charity as the living still can. We can help the souls in Purgatory to reach Heaven by praying for them and offering up our works and sufferings so God can reduce their suffering. We can pray for their souls and they can pray for us in return.
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 14


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【Ask Fr. Francis】Test of Job

Why do God test Job? Why would God let family of Job die in order to test Job? Is it not God is against “killing”?
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 7


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Radio broadcast – Full episode (Sept 7, 2019)

【Ask Fr. Francis】 Test of Job 【Spiritual Talk】 Fr. Ho talks about souls of human 【Edwin’s blog】September 7, 2019
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 7


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Pope Francis: What is the true wealth? A relationship with Jesus Christ

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday criticized those who give more consideration to money than the sacraments or helping others find true wealth – a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 8


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【Ask Fr. Francis】Hypocrisy

Fr. Francis will address questions about hypocrisy. Do we fall under the trap of hypocrisy when we are helping other people?
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 3


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Radio broadcast – Full episode (August 3, 2019)

【Ask Fr. Francis】Hypocrisy 【Spiritual Talk】 Fr. Ho talks about the four marks of the Catholic Church Love and Life – Cold Knowledge (14) 【Edwin’s blog】August 3, 2019
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 3


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Ask Fr. Francis – Are there different classes of angels? Why the narrative on the birth of Jesus differs among the gospel of Matthew and Luke?

Fr. Francis will address questions about angels and the synoptic gospel?
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 6


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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about the descent of the Holy Spirit

When the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles forty days after the Resurrection, they were filled with understanding of the Gospel, love, and hope. Immediately, they headed outside and began proclaiming the Gospel to people of different languages. The Sacrament of Baptism is heavily related to the death and resurrection of Christ – it symbolizes death to sin, life in Christ. The Sacrament of Confirmation is heavily related to the descent of the Holy Spirit – the Holy Spirit dwells in the recipient and illuminates their reason and will to do good. To open our hearts is the best attitude we can have to honour the Holy Spirit. St. John Paul II especially honoured the Holy Spirit, in 1983 he beatified Sr. Mariam Baourdy, who was also devoted to the Holy Spirit and brought a message to Pope Pius IX that the priests and seminarians had neglected their devotion to the Holy Spirit.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 6


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Radio broadcast – Full episode (July 6, 2019)

【Ask Fr. Francis】 Are there different classes of angels? Why the narrative on the birth of Jesus differs among the gospel of Matthew and Luke? 【Spiritual Talk】Fr. Anthony Ho talks about the descent of the Holy Spirit 【Cold Knowledge (3)】Question: Why did FLL start to do radio production in the beginning? 【Edwin's blog】July 6, 2019
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 6


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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about Jesus’ Death, Resurrection and Ascension

The Apostles Creed proclaims that when Jesus died, His body was buried and His soul entered Hell. Hell in this case refers to the place of souls not in Heaven, not the place of damned souls. One part of this “Hell” is Purgatory, another is called the “Limbo of the Patriarchs” or the “Bosom of Abraham” – the place where virtuous souls like Adam and Eve, Moses, and David waited for Jesus to open the doors of Heaven for them. After Jesus rose from the dead, He waited on earth for 40 days to prove His Resurrection and provide instruction to His disciples. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He gave them a threefold mission: (1) to “make disciples of all nations” as prophets, (2) to baptize all people as priests, and (3) to lead all believers to salvation as kings. After Jesus ascended, He was seated at the right hand of the Father to show the completion of His salvific mission. His Ascension had three benefits for us: (1) it opened the doors of Heaven, (2) it permitted the descent of the Holy Spirit, and (3) it allowed Him to constantly pray for us before the Father.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 29


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Jesus and His Rock

An honest but impetuous fisherman, Peter gave up everything to follow Jesus when he was called. But he was weak and even denied Jesus three times. Yet our Lord not only forgave him, but also made Peter the head of his Church on earth. Fountain of Grace takes you to the Holy Land to relive the story of how St. Peter became the Rock on which Christ built his Church.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 22


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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about Jesus’ Passion

Jesus’ Passion achieved a fitting sacrifice to God and gave us humans salvation. Why did Jesus have to become man and die? To give us life. But why did Jesus have to save us by the Cross? God didn’t have to use the Cross, but He found it fitting. From the Cross, we can learn God’s love, the horror of sin, and how to accept suffering. God shows us love through the language of sacrifice; by taking on the consequences of sin, we are reminded not to take Jesus’s sacrifice lightly; Jesus’ sacrifice gives meaning to our sufferings and allows us to join them with His sufferings. Jesus saved us by His Passion, death, and Resurrection – as God, His sacrifice has infinite value; as man, He truly represents us. Jesus is victorious over death and sin – these are inseparable.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 22


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Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 20


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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about the first thirty years of Jesus’ life

During the first 30 years of His life, Jesus lived a life of labour, prayer, and service – there are two lessons we can learn from this. First, the value of a human life comes from God, not from other humans. Second, those working in ministry must be formed in silence and prayer. Catechesis is formed by doctrine, moral education, and worship of God. For doctrine, Jesus taught us the greatest mystery of all – that of the Holy Trinity and that salvation lies in the Catholic Church. For moral education, Jesus gave us the Eight Beatitudes to teach us sacrificial love and guide us to the Kingdom of Heaven. In worship of God, Jesus taught us the Lord’s Prayer, established the Seven Sacraments, and taught us to pray with confidence. Jesus used parables to teach us; these are of three types: (1) those about the Kingdom of God, (2) those about the mercy of God, (3) those about charity. Apart from words, Jesus also used miracles to prove the truth of His teachings – He exorcised demons 7 times, defied nature 10 times, healed the sick 15 times, and raised the dead 3 times. He also predicted His Passion and Resurrection, and predicted the fates of His disciples and Jerusalem.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 15


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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about – Jesus is Son of God

We believe that Jesus is the only Son of God and also our Lord, because He is God. Not only is Jesus the messenger of the Father, He is also the Word of God. He came to show us truth and to give us the grace to live out the truth. Every year, Catholics celebrate three important events: Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. They remind us of three great mysteries – the incarnation of Christ at Christmas, the salvation of mankind at Easter, and the birth of the Church at Pentecost. We can analyze each mystery by answering some basic questions, for example Christmas: God became man (what?) in order to save us (why?) by being born of the Virgin Mary through the Holy Spirit (how?) as true God and true man (who?) in Bethlehem (where?). There are also links between mysteries: Mary wrapped Christ in linens at His birth and at His death and laid Him in the wooden manger and brought Him to the wooden Cross. Whereas all men were born to live, Jesus was born to die for our sake.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 8


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Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit is what gives power, life, and dynamism to evangelization

(CNA) The Holy Spirit is what gives power, life, and dynamism to evangelization, not good rhetorical skills, Pope Francis said Wednesday.
Publish date: 2019 - 5 - 30


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Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit makes us capable of praying as children of God

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday asked Our Lady Help of Christians to intercede for Chinese Catholics, whom he said continue to believe and hope amid trials.
Publish date: 2019 - 5 - 22