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「Spiritual Talk」Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Church celebrates the Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. In the time of Christ, the Jews believed that careful study of the Law was the best way to obtain wisdom and understand God. But this way of thinking made ordinary people believe that wisdom was far above them and an inaccessible academic field - unless they learned the original language and dedicated the time to studying the Scriptures. But in today's Gospel, Jesus clarifies that we need not become scholars in order to know God: it is more important to become like children. So when Jesus walked on this earth, He drew in those on the margins of society: the poor, the sick, and the sinners. Because they were humble, they were able to listen to Jesus, whereas the educated only saw how different Jesus' message was from their complicated understanding of the Law and thus rejected Him. The yoke that Jesus gives us is light and easy because it gives us solace to face life's difficulties and allows us to experience the love of the Father. Jesus has always known the Father and by grace, we may be adopted as His sons and daughters and thus know the Father. Jesus wants us to learn His mercy and goodness and for this reason, He uses the analogy of the yoke. We cannot be lazy, just as farmers must still exert themselves while using a good yoke, but at least we need not waste ourselves to exhaustion.
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 4


 
“Come to Me” (Mt 11:28)

It is exactly in these times of uncertainties that we are brought back to the only certainty of hope and love through the in-dwelling Spirit of Christ.
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 5


 
「Spiritual Talk」Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Church celebrates the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches His disciples to prioritize different kinds of love by placing God in the first place, above family members and their own lives. Love and sacrifice are inseparable and Jesus' disciples tasted what true love means from the Cross. They saw how the world treated Jesus with suffering and insults and they themselves were treated in the same way, having to bear their own crosses. The Cross reminds us to patiently bear with the inconveniences of daily life and to not be afraid of sacrifice or suffering. In order to find true happiness, we must first find true life, and this comes from accepting Jesus. People often look down on missionaries, but this betrays a rebellious heart towards God, a heart that is far from sincerely accepting God's instruction. Being a disciple is not easy, but it is certainly possible, because God has given His grace to help us.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 27


 
Qualities of a disciple – Are you a disciple Jesus defined in Matt 10:37-42?

In today’s readings, Jesus gives instructions on the qualities of a disciple. Let’s see if we are the disciple Jesus defined in Matt 10:37-42.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 28


 
Seeking the Truth

Last week, we talked about overcoming the fear of speaking the truth. Today, the theme is seeking the truth. Many of you have asked me to address the topic of racism, so let’s seek the truth as best we can regarding racism. Let’s try to find out what’s morally true, what are the facts, and how we can contribute to its eradication.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 28


 
Pope Francis: David teaches us to bring everything into dialogue with God

(CNA) King David is an example of being consistent in prayer no matter what life throws at you or what good or bad you do, Pope Francis said during his general audience Wednesday.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 24


 
「Spiritual Talk」Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Gospel reading is from Matthew 10, where Jesus is teaching His disciples to bravely spread the Gospel. When we suffer persecution because of spreading the Gospel, there is a temptation to stop or water down the message. But Jesus gave the duty to evangelize to His disciples, and we cannot hear the message of God unless it is through their work. Jesus taught openly and was nailed to the Cross as a result. When we spread the Gospel like He did, we will also be martyred. The world can only harm our mortal bodies and not our souls. We ought to be afraid, therefore, only of the God who can send our souls into Hell. God will acknowledge those who acknowledged Him before other humans, but those who denied God in order to save their earthly lives will also be denied by God at the Judgment. St. Matthew's writings are not meant only for Jesus' disciples, but for all believers, so that we might learn to not compromise to the world and reject Christ. Jesus' evangelizing had two approaches: firstly, to openly proclaim the Gospel; and secondly, to move on in the face of rejection. The Church also first spreads the light of the Gospel throughout the world in order to see who will accept the Gospel and who will reject it; then, having seen their reactions, she decides on further action.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 20


 
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven” (Mt 10:32)

The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth will enable us to acknowledge Jesus properly
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 21


 
Losing the Fear of Speaking the Truth

Let's talk about speaking the truth, and, at the end, do it in relation to the scandals in the Church. In the future, I hope to apply this to racism and transgenderism, and everything else where there's debate.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 21


 
「Spiritual Talk」the Feast of Corpus Christi – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Church celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi, commemorating the Real Presence of God in the Holy Eucharist, through which Christ fulfills His title of Emmanuel. The Mass is truly the perfect sacrifice given us by God and is the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross to the Father re-presented on the altar. The sacrifice of the altar and the sacrifice on the Cross are one and the same--just as there is one priest and one victim in Christ, so also there is one goal: to worship, thank, and entreat God; and to make reparation for sin. The Body and Blood of Christ are our food. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the faithful are unable to receive the Eucharist, but the Mass is still offered and even livestreamed in many parishes. For example, St. John the Apostle Parish in Vancouver offers Cantonese Mass every Saturday at 4pm and English Mass at 5:30pm. Watching the Mass online is a good way to connect the Church, allowing the faithful a way to pray and celebrate the Sacraments together. When the priest offers the Body and Blood to God, the faithful ought also to offer their entire selves to God.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 13


 
How Real is the Real Presence

There was once a Catholic CIA agent assigned as a courier of intelligence between Baghdad and Jordan. He would be driven at night in a truck, 145 kilometers per hour and without headlights, so as not to attract attention.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 14


 
Pope Francis: God will surprise us when we do not expect it, when we find ourselves truly alone

(CNA) In our darkest moments God awaits us and is ready to transform us, Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 10


 
「Spiritual Talk」the Feast of the Holy Trinity – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Trinity, commemorating God the Trinity in whose "Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" we are baptized. Whenever we pray we make the Trinitarian Sign of the Cross, whenever we bless ourselves with holy water upon entering and exiting the church we make the Sing of the Cross. The founder of the Legion of Mary, Frank Duff, promoted meditating on the mystery of the Holy Trinity in the Glory Be prayer at the end of every decade of the Rosary, since each decade's mystery is a masterpiece of the Holy Spirit. God the Father created heaven and earth, and sent the Son to save us. God the Father and the Son together sent the Holy Spirit to lead the Apostles whom Jesus left behind, to prevent them from being orphaned. Today, the Holy Spirit is still present in the Church and gives us the strength to do great deeds, and gives us wisdom. But those who desire the help of the Holy Spirit must first prepare themselves and open their hearts to receive Him.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 6


 
The God of mercy, love and peace

The mercy of the Father, the love of the Son and the peace of the Holy Spirit are the source and foundation of our spiritual life
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 7


 
Another Antidote to Taking Ourselves Too Seriously

Do you see the common thread in taking ourselves too seriously?The focus is too much on us. God wants us to love and take care of ourselves, but we're not the centre of the universe.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 7


 
「Spiritual Talk」The Feast of the Pentecost – Fr. Anthony Ho

This week, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Pentecost, which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Blessed Virgin, the Apostles, and disciples in the form of wind and tongues of fire after the Ascension of Our Lord. After receiving the Holy Spirit, they went out to proclaim the Gospel, receiving three thousand people into the Church. Pentecost is also the birthday of the Church, the mystical Body of Christ whose body is God's grace and whose soul is the Holy Spirit Who gives her the impetus to continue Christ's work on earth. One of her missions is to forgive humanity's sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which Christ gave her Apostles after His Resurrection through breathing on them, and through the Sacrament of Baptism which remits the sins of the newly baptized and opens the baptized to forgiveness in Confession. When priests are consecrated, there is a prayer asking God to send His Holy Spirit onto the newly consecrated priest. From this, we see that priests' authority to forgive sins comes from the Holy Spirit.
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 30


 
Do you want to receive life? What is your deepest longing? All heavenly gifts are waiting for you.

On Pentecost, the disciples heard a strong driving wind, and then received amazing gifts of the Spirit, enabling them to proclaim and witness. The Holy Spirit is the heavenly grace that enlivens the Church in all aspects of its mission.
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 31


 
Four Steps to Explosive Celebrations

When was the last time you had a really good celebration, where you forgot about the difficulties of life and focused on the goodness God the Father gives? I myself can't remember one recently.
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 31


 
Pope Francis: Prayer is a refuge and protection against the evil of the world

(CNA) Prayer is a refuge and protection against the evil of the world, Pope Francis said in his general audience address Wednesday.
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 27


 
Taking Our Faith to the Streets: Mother of Mercy Procession

For four years, Our Lady of Carmel Church in Chinatown, Toronto has been holding a Marian Procession in May, providing the faithful a wonderful opportunity to bear witness to their faith in public. Overcoming adversities and bracing all kinds of weather conditions, the parishioners were dedicated to making this event a success. Fountain of Grace takes you to Chinatown to uncover the driving force behind their enthusiasm and determination.
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 23


 
「Spiritual Talk」Feast of the Ascension – Fr. Anthony Ho

This week, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension. For forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus remained on earth to complete the instruction of the Apostles and strengthen their faith in His Resurrection. After the forty days, He led them to a mountain and said, "All power in heaven and earth has been given to me, so baptize all peoples and make them my disciples, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, commanding them to keep all that I have taught you." Jesus gave His Apostles three missions: (1) a prophet's duty to teach, (2) a priest's duty to sanctify, and (3) a king's duty to rule. Jesus commanded them to instruct all peoples through spreading the Gospel, to administer the Sacraments like Baptism, and to rule them by teaching them to follow God's commandments. Jesus did not leave them to fight alone but promised to be with them, "until the end of the age." Wherever the Blessed Sacrament is, there is Jesus present also, and through the Eucharist, Jesus is with us. In the Creed, we profess that Jesus rose to the right hand of the Father, showing us that Jesus is equal to God and both our king and judge. When we meditate on the mystery of the Ascension, we deepen our thirst for heaven and desire to help others attain heaven as well.
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 23


 
Remember!

Turn our gaze and see with eyes of an enlightened heart
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 24


 
Life is a Test and Temporary Assignment

"The way you see your life shapes your life" (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, 41). Some people may see life as a journey, or a roller coaster (up and down), or a question mark (we don't know what it is). Some of us may remember what G.K. Chesterton said: "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered".
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 24


 
「Spiritual Talk」Sixth Sunday of Easter – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend is the Sixth Sunday of Easter and the Gospel reading comes from John 14:15-21. Before His final farewell to His disciples, Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." Loving and obeying Jesus are inseparable and His most basic commandment is to love: "Just as I have loved you, so you ought to love one another." Just as the Son loves and obeys the Father, so the disciples love and obey Jesus. And as the will of the Father and the Son are one, the disciples can approach the Father through the Son. God first sent an Advocate to be present with the disciples, Jesus. Now, He would send another Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who is the spirit of truth. Many people do not accept the Holy Spirit because they have not accepted Christ first. Jesus was going back to the Father, but He promised to return to the disciples again. Jesus only appeared to some people after His Resurrection but through the Church, He meets each of us, especially in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. In obeying and keeping the commandments of Jesus, we witness to our love of Christ, thereby gaining the love of the Father.
Publish date: 2020 - 5 - 16