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Finding Peace

When we care for someone, we have to reveal to them their value and gifts.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 18


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Explorers of Beauty: Adventures in the Outdoors

An increasing number of studies show that overusing electronics can cause harm. In this age of gadgets, many children are drawn to social media and video games, how can we help them to live a healthier lifestyle? Through outdoor activities, service to the community, and leadership development, Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE) helps children grow physically and spiritually, and mostly importantly, to encounter Jesus.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 15


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Laziness or Rest?

Who in your family does the most work? Husband or wife? You or your siblings? Who does nothing? You can point at them if you’d like. We’re talking about laziness today. Some people, when they come home, don’t help prepare dinner, clean the house, or ever offer to help. After all, they say they need to rest; being in Grade 5 is hard work. We’re in the Sabbath Summer of resting in God and celebrating Him, but some people are in the Sabbath Year.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 11


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Seeing is NOT believing!

Faith is a conviction that God is infinitely loving and merciful; the same faithful God patiently calls us to participate in His salvific plan.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 11


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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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“All Things Are Vanity” (Ecc 1:2)

When that day comes, hopefully my son would also be confident that his dad “is rich in what matters to God” (Luke 12:21).
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 4


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Being Rich Towards God

We’re now halfway through the Sabbath Summer, the season of resting in God and celebrating Him, and our goal is to have the best summer ever—how’s it going so far? Has the Lord given us what we wanted for this summer? Or, if you’re a guest here, is God answering your prayers?
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 4


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Praying like Jesus

Here are the four most common stumbling blocks to prayer, in my experience: 1) We don’t know how to pray. 2) We run out of things to say. Dr. Tim Gray shares a story of how, when he was a teenager, he could pray on retreat and at the youth group, but, on his own, he didn’t know what to do. He wanted to hear God speak, but heard nothing. He would ask God to help Him with this or that, but, after that, he had nothing left to say. 3) Many people have asked, “How do we know when we’re talking to God or when we’re talking to ourselves?” 4) We get nothing out of it.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 28


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Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about the infallible of Bible and Church teaching

The writers of the Bible could not write errors into the Bible because they wrote under the inspiration of God. But outside of writing the Bible, the writers could sin, make mistakes, even write errors. The Popes are the same – there were many saintly Popes and many criminal Popes. But in deciding matters of faith and reason, God guarantees that they will not err. The teachings of Christ are transmitted to us through the written Scriptures and the oral Tradition. The Church also teaches through the Magisterium: the Pope with his bishops make a final decision in cases of disagreement on faith and morals. These infallible decisions must have four conditions: (1) it must be related to faith or morals, (2) the Pope must proclaim it in his capacity as Pope, (3) it must be proclaimed to the entire Church, and (4) the Pope must make his intention clear. The infallibility of the Pope is not to make his person infallible but is meant to help him serve the Church and preserve the true faith.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 27


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What are our Difficulties in Prayer?

Why is it difficult to pray? What are some of the spiritual blockages in our prayer? When we study the Bible related to prayer, there are certain rules that lead to effective prayer. Let us unfold them now.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 28


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Why we pray?

You have five seconds to answer the following question, one that people sometimes ask us, and will help our Sabbath Summer rest. If we don’t have a good answer, people won’t be convinced, and it’ll expose a weakness in us. The question is: Why do you pray?
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 21


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With whom do we identify ourselves, Martha or Mary?

Good works will not produce a Christ-centered life if they are done without the presence of Christ.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 21


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Healing While Resting

Let me explain more deeply why, as a parish family, we’ve just started a season called. Not only do we need to rest, but, after being here for five years as your priest, I see many of us, including me, continuing to have the same problems.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 14


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“Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37)

“Love your neighbour as yourself" (Luke 10:27)
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 14


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We Become What We Celebrate

Here are a few questions that will guide us throughout the summer: 1) What are your needs? God speaks through our legitimate needs. 2) What would make this summer the most restful one ever for you? 3) How much sleep do you need? Sleep isn’t always laziness. God wants us to rest. 4) How’s your prayer? Do you give God enough time or do you cheat Him, meaning not giving the One we love the time we could and should? 5) What gives you true enjoyment?
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 7


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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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Trust in the Lord

Trust - even when we are asked to go against our human survival instincts.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 7


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Commitment Gives Freedom

I once found this hilarious video on YouTube, and then sent it to this guy I know. I talked to him later that day, and asked, “Did you watch the video?” He replied, “Nope, I don’t watch videos during work.” I was humbled. I thought I was a disciplined person, but this guy is more disciplined. No wonder he’s such an amazing person and leader.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 30


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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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No Turning Back

With the dawning of the New Covenant era, turning back is no longer an option; “postponing commitment to the kingdom is tantamount to rejecting it”.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 30