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The Word of God Is Love Not Violence

Just as Isaiah’s nakedness doesn’t make him a flasher; Jesus’ destructive act doesn’t make him a violent person.
Publish date: 2021 - 3 - 7


 
Pope Francis: It is only through Jesus that we have the “courage” to believe in a God that loves humanity

(Vatican News) At Wednesday’s Audience, Pope Francis says we have access to the Trinity through prayer, thanks to Jesus.
Publish date: 2021 - 3 - 3


To go through life's nadir at the foot of the mountain

 
To go through life’s nadir at the foot of the mountain

Glimpses and tastes of glory that once exhilarated the disciples can also exhilarate us.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 28


 
Seeing Into the Future

Over the years, I’ve reminded you how God takes care of us in suffering, but today I’m challenging you to make it your own by doing a spiritual exercise.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 28


 
Pope Francis: Ask Christ for the gift of mercy to allow Christ’s mercy to embrace us and penetrate us

(Vatican News) Pope Francis says we are called to pass on “the fire of Jesus’ mercy”, in a letter marking the 90th anniversary of the first apparition to St Maria Faustina Kowalska in Płock, Poland.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 24


 
“Spiritual Talk” – The First Sunday of Lent – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Church celebrates the First Sunday of Lent. In today's Gospel, Jesus goes into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, showing us that we have yet to enter Heaven and must therefore make sacrifices to conform ourselves to God's grace. During Lent, we traditionally pray, fast, and give alms. Prayer includes meditation, especially on the Passion, and some good prayers are the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Fasting lifts up our thoughts to heavenly subjects and strengthens us to do spiritual works and resist temptation, as well as making reparations for past sins. When we offer up our sufferings to Christ, we grow closer to Him. Some sacrifices are chosen, such as giving up eating candies. But others are not, such as humbly accepting sufferings that God has permitted to happen in our life. Finally, we can help others through almsgiving. If we cannot help through money, action, or verbal encouragement, then we can at least pray for them. This Lent, we ought to diligently pray, fast, and give alms.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 20


 
Lent is a Time of Grace

At the heart of Lent is an invitation to dig deeper: to reflect, review, and renew; it is, indeed, a springboard for radical transformation of our heart and mind.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 21


 
Defeating Spiritual Laziness

Here’s a list of the seven deadly sins: pride, avarice, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth. We basically understand most of them, except perhaps for sloth, which is more than laziness. The best way to understand sloth is with a description. Imagine a man who’s successful in life: He supports and loves his family, succeeds at work, sleeps enough, exercises, and makes time for friends. When it comes to his relationship with God, he gives little time to this, and does the minimum for his spiritual needs. He’s not a bad person. But we know he has the sin of sloth precisely because, in other areas of his life, he’s driven.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 21


 
“If you choose, you can make me clean” (Mk 1: 40)

“I do choose. Be made clean!” (Mk 1: 41)
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 14


 
Reaching Out to the Marginalized

In 2013, Vinicio Riva went to Rome and, during a large papal audience, reached out to kiss Pope Francis’s ring, and the Holy Father embraced him. The world took notice because Vinicio is severely disfigured due to neurofibromatosis. Here are two pictures (https://www.ncronline.org/sites/default/files/styles/article_slideshow/public/stories/images/DisfiguredMan.jpg?itok=cerWemjF; https://media.newyorker.com/photos/590951ec2179605b11ad3278/master/pass/pope-francis-kisses-face-580.jpeg). Normally, people stay away from him, which is why he said, “What astonished me is that [the pope] didn’t think twice on embracing me. I’m not contagious, but he didn’t know. He just did it; he caressed all my face, and while he was doing that, I felt only love.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 14


 
“Spiritual Talk” – The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Church celebrates the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today's Gospel comes from Mark 1:29-39, where we hear what Jesus does in a single day. In the morning, He taught and exorcised demons at the synagogue, in the afternoon He healed Peter's mother-in-law and others at Peter's house, and in the evening, Jesus went off to pray. From this, we can reflect on we arrange time for work and prayer in our daily lives as Jesus had. Although He was extremely busy, He still took the time to pray, showing us how important prayer is. A saint once said, "The one who preserves order will be preserved by order." We need a schedule to order our time, so that we will cherish it and not waste it. We must arrange regular times to work, rest, and pray to yield good fruit and make the glory of God and the salvation of souls the core motivation of our lives. The Virgin Mary once appeared to two children in France, telling them to pray the Lord's Prayer and the Hail Mary once every morning and evening. If they had more time, they ought to pray more. Lately, many of us are unable to receive the Eucharist, but we ought to use this opportunity to know God's Word better. There is an app called iBreviary which provides the morning and evening prayers and daily readings for Lectio Divina. This can help us increase our discipline for prayer and reading. We ought to imitate Christ and set regular times for work and prayer, so that we can improve our communication skills and increase our friendship with God.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 6


 
Madness or Love? It’s all in the Eyes of the Beholder

Call him a madman, a weirdo, or anything you want; the reality is, the fire in Paul’s heart, ignited by the Spirit, is something people won’t understand unless they are prepared to welcome the same Spirit into their hearts.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 7


 
Pope Francis: Liturgy is an act that founds the whole Christian experience

(Vatican News) Pope Francis continues his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience, and reflects on how liturgical prayer unites us to Christ.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 4


 
Sharing Our Talents

Because of a dream, Hau Ming Yeung and his wife Cammy Leung decided to give up their careers and fully immerse themselves in faith formation of the Catholic laity. They founded "Living Faith Society" and "Talentum Bookshop", hoping to touch more Catholics and inspire them to evangelize and serve the Church through these two organizations.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 30


 
The Fullness of Life

If you had a magical power to change the world, what would you do (Matthew Kelly, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, 143-145)? “Superheroes use their powers to outwit the bad guys”; song writers use their powers to win the heart of the one they love. But, if we had the power to change the world, shouldn’t we use it for the greatest good, for the greatest number of people, and for the longest duration?
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 7


 
“Spiritual Talk” – The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Church celebrates the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today's Gospel comes from Mark 1:21-28, where Jesus drives out devils to save us from their jealous temptations with the help of His angels. Temptation can come from three spiritual enemies: the flesh, the world, and the devil. If the temptation arrives suddenly and intensely, it could possibly come from a devil. The saints advise three ways to combat temptation. Firstly, we ought to humbly ask God, His angels, and His saints in prayer for supernatural help, especially St. Michael and St. Joseph, of whom the devils are particularly afraid. Secondly, we ought to faithfully receive the Sacraments and use sacramentals, such as the Sign of the Cross, Holy Cards, and Holy Water. Thirdly, we ought to view devils with condescension in order to attack their pride. St. Teresa of Avila once said that devils are just like tied-up dogs. No matter how much they bark, they cannot bite us unless we are lured by fear to approach close enough. St. John Bosco once learned in a dream what devils are most afraid of: the intention of a believer after Confesion and reverence for the Virgin Mary. We ought to follow the good advice of the saints and combat the temptations of the devil.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 30


 
How “astonished”, “amazed” and “spellbound” are we?

To follow Jesus is not just to be astonished, amazed and spellbound by His teachings and works, but we must also go the way He goes
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 31


 
We Get to Choose Our Anxieties

Believe it or not, we choose some of our anxieties. That’s because some are based on our world view. When we’re in high school and university, for example, we experience great anxiety to get good grades, but this is based on the world view that our identity is based on our performance. We should aim for excellence and do our best, but God doesn’t demand only A’s. If we believed and lived this truth, we’d have less anxiety.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 31


 
Pope Francis: The Bible was written for every one of us individually

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on prayer at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the Sacred Scriptures in the life of prayer, saying it was written for each one of us.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 27


 
“Spiritual Talk” – The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Church celebrates the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today's Gospel comes from Mark 1:14-20, where Jesus announces the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven and calls for repentance and belief in the Gospel. The Apostles quickly gave up everything to follow Jesus, like Peter and Andrew who gave up their fishing nets, James and John who left their father. Perhaps the things we leave may differ but what is important is that we abandon those obstacles on our way to follow God's will, and use them instead to serve Him. January 18 to 25 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, while January 24 is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales. This saint's mission was simple: to bring those Catholics who had left the Church back home. He laboured in a French village for three years without producing a single convert. Nonetheless, he laboured on and, thinking that the villagers might not have heard his preaching, decided to slip in his pamphlets under their doors. He used his warmth and generosity to win souls. If the adults were unwilling to listen, he would play with their children. Once their parents saw how loving he was up close, their prejudices would disappear. After he left the village, forty thousand people converted to the Catholic faith. During this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we ought to pray for non-Catholic Christians to strengthen our mutual understanding and spread Christian values across the world. If we imitate St. Francis, we must use both words and actions to open people's hearts.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 23


 
What is your call to Nineveh?

What is God calling you to do? What is the task that God has given to you? What is your call to Nineveh? That is the only question really worth answering.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 24


 
“Spiritual Talk” – The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today's Gospel comes from John 1:35-42, where Jesus calls the first disciples. Originally, John and Andrew were disciples of John the Baptist but they followed Jesus after the Baptist told them to. On approaching Jesus, He asked them, "What are you looking for?" Some approach Jesus out of habit, curiosity, or family tradition, but the proper reason is this: only He can give us true love and eternal life. St. Augustine lived a life of debauchery in his youth but later realized that our hearts are made for God, and unless they rest in Him, they cannot find rest. The disciples asked Jesus where He lived, only to be told to follow Him. Perhaps they had other plans that day but they decided to stay with Jesus until sunset. If we want to truly follow Jesus, we mustn't force Him into our schedules but must break them to give Him control over our time and lives. Before we follow Jesus, our lives are like sitting in the driver's seat but once we follow Him, we must switch places and let Him decide where to go. Although Andrew had yet to learn that Jesus was the Son of God, he still shared what had happened with his brother Peter. When we share the Gospel, we do not need a theology degree. Oftentimes, people are converted not by theological arguments, but by the good example and words of their friends and family. We ought to ask ourselves whether we are following Jesus for the right reasons and taking the time to grow closer to God in prayer every day.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 16


 
“Come and see” (John 1:39)

“Here I am Lord; I come to do your will” (Psalm 40)
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 17


 
Taizé – An Experience of Communion

Taizé is a form of prayer that includes short hymns, silence and reflection. It is also a religious community that had evolved from a place of refuge during World War II. Every year, thousands of young people descend upon this little town in southern France to pray and have retreat there, and Taizé prayer has become a popular form of prayer all over the world.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 9