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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about God’s Revelation

God’s Revelation comes to us in natural and supernatural ways. His natural revelation is given to even those without religious training. Through created things, we can see God’s wisdom and goodness. And our hearts have irrepressible consciences which guide us to heaven. They do not come from our parents and teachers, but from God. Our hearts also possess a desire for perfect goodness and eternal happiness that only God can satisfy. God’s supernatural revelation comes from the Scriptures (the written Word of God), Tradition (the unwritten Word of God), and the Magisterium (the authority to interpret Scripture and Tradition). The Scriptures were written by human writers under the inspiration of God. Tradition was passed down by word of mouth from Jesus and the Holy Spirit to the disciples without being written down. The Protestants believe solely in the Scriptures even though certain doctrines, like the Trinity, are not explicitly stated there. The Orthodox accept Scripture and Tradition, but only the Catholic Church has the Magisterium, or authority to infallibly interpret the Scriptures and Tradition.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 27


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Signs, Wonders, and Visions

The best three words that sum up this Sunday’s readings.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 28


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Via Dolorosa

Two thousand years ago, how did Jesus walk his last steps before his crucifixion? Fountain of Grace takes you to Jerusalem to experience the Way of the Cross.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 20


 
Pope Francis: If you do not try to forgive, you will not be forgiven

(CNA) To stop the spread of evil in the world, Catholics must go above and beyond, loving and forgiving others even when it is undeserved, Pope Francis urged Wednesday.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 25


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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about Creeds (3)

In the Creed, we profess our belief in the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God revealed Himself as one God in the Pentateuch of the Old Testament, and as three Persons in the New Testament. The word “nature” answers “what are you?”; the word “person” answers “who are you?”. What is the Holy Trinity? God. Who is the Holy Trinity? Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Every spirit has the capacity to understand and love and God is pure spirit. The Father begot His understanding as His Son and their mutual love became the Holy Spirit. These two acts are eternal and why all three Persons of the Trinity have always existed. St. Augustine was once perplexed by pondering this mystery and saw a child scooping the seawater into a hole at the beach, so he said to him, “There is so much water in the ocean. How can you fit it in the hole?” The child replied, “How about you? Do you think you can fit the Holy Trinity in your limited mind?” Because God is not solitary, He is the source of all human organizations: families, countries, and the Church. In all these, when we act with self-giving love, we reflect the inner life of God.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 20


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Have we “resurrected” too?

Many years ago, I was puzzled by the mystery of the Incarnation, not of its credibility, but the manner in which Jesus became man. It was later I learned that God chooses to come to us in silence, humility and hardships. But then, a bigger puzzle follows – the mystery of the Resurrection. If salvation […]
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 21


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Pope Francis: In fatigue, prayer is relief, trust, comfort

(CNA) Jesus’ glory is not found in the acclaim or applause of the world, but in the act of suffering and dying out of love – the same love demanded of everyone, Pope Francis said Wednesday.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 17


 
Judging is Wrong, Sometimes Right

Two stories: First, aboard the papal plane in 2013, Pope Francis said, in reference to the gay lobby in the Vatican, “You must distinguish between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of someone forming a lobby, because not all lobbies are good. This one is not good. If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?”
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 14


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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about Creeds (2)

“I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” Time is a measure of change, but God is perfect and unable to become better or worse. God is not within time, but time is within God. As for God’s omnipotence, we can see it in the depths of the ocean, the heights of the mountains – these are things that humans cannot make. In the orderliness of the universe, we can see God’s wisdom; and in the growth of creatures, we can see God’s goodness. Since God is wise and omnipotent, He has plans for His creatures and is able to carry them out – this is known as Providence. Irrational creatures are necessarily led by God, but rational creatures – i.e. angels and humans – may choose to either cooperate with or rebel against God. Even evil, the absence of good, is permitted by God in His wisdom so that all things might find their fulfillment in Him. All the saints have only done great deeds by trusting in God’s Providence.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 13


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“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:38)

Jesus went up to Jerusalem voluntarily, knowing well that He would die a violent death there
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 14


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Pope Francis: We always remain children who owe everything to the Father

(CNA) Pope Francis warned Wednesday that pride is the most dangerous attitude in the Christian life, pointing out that even the holiest of people have received everything from God.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 11


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Ask Fr. Francis – Sacrament of Reconciliation

Fr. Francis will address questions about the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 6


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Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about Creeds

Jesus said that He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. He is the Way because He teaches us how to live a moral life, the Truth because He gives us the Creed to teach us about Him, and the Life because He is the fountain of grace which we can tap into through prayer and the Sacraments. In the catechism, we read “Who created me?” “The Lord.” “Why did the Lord create?” “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.” Unless we know someone, it is difficult to love them; and unless we love them, it is difficult to serve them. Merely having head knowledge of God isn’t enough, we must use our hearts to love Him. Humans were created to glorify God forever – in Heaven, they glorify His mercy; in Hell, they glorify His justice. We can force many people to do many things, but we cannot force someone to love us. God doesn’t force us either but gives us the freedom to respond to His love. The Creeds tell us of the Trinitarian nature of God while the Sign of the Cross also reminds us of the shape of Christ’s Passion. The Scriptures teach us both natural and supernatural truths. Many people already know the natural truths through their sense of reason. Chinese people already have strong conceptions of good and evil without hearing the Gospel. But other truths, the supernatural ones, no one would know unless God told us, such as the Trinitarian nature of God. Hence, we need to heartfully reflect on the truths contained in the Creeds and, if necessary, witness these truths to others.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 6


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Conversion of the Heart

Our sins cannot be blotted out by the letter of the law but only by God’s mercy; true conversion of the heart is rooted in faith.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 7


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The Greatest Story Ever Told

What is the greatest story ever told? Nothing can compare to the love story of this Sunday’s reading – the Tale of the Prodigal son.
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 31


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Pope Francis: The bread that the Christian asks for in prayer is not “mine” but “our” bread

(CNA) The ‘daily bread’ asked of God in the ‘Our Father’ is for everyone, and Christians will be judged by how well they shared their gifts with those in need, Pope Francis said Wednesday.
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 27


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Repent or Perish

Repent or perish (Lk 13:5). Jesus meant every word he said.
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 24


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Pope Francis: Our Father is the prayer of children who know the heart of their father

(CNA) To pray is to believe in God’s power to replace the evil in the world with goodness, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 20


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“The appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white” (Luke 9:28)

Pope Francis encouraged us to climb up with Jesus on the mountain, to be more attentive to the voice of God and to allow oneself to be enveloped and transformed by the Spirit.
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 17


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Our own forty days in the desert

If the genealogy of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel, which begins from His human origin “He was the son, as was thought of Joseph . . .” (Lk 3:23), is meant to underscore His human background; the temptations in today’s Gospel reading further prove the reality of His human nature – “He had to become like […]
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 10


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Mary’s Way of the Cross

Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 7


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Our own forty days in the desert

Temptations are like litmus papers, revealing the depth of our faith and love in God.
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 10


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Ask Fr. Francis – Exodus / Last Judgment

Fr. Francis will address questions about the Exodus and the Last Judgment.
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 2


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Caught with Our Foot in Our Mouth

For it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks” (Lk 6:45)
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 3


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Pope Francis: The first step in Christian prayer is the surrender of ourselves to God

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that evil is limited compared to the expanding force of God’s holiness in the world.
Publish date: 2019 - 2 - 27