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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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Finding Christ in the Eucharist

A group of youth witnesses their passion in prayer and Eucharistic adoration, their strong feelings towards the Eucharist, and their experience in building an intimate relationship with Christ and in discerning their vocation.
Publish date: 2018 - 6 - 2


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Pope Francis: When we receive Holy Communion, we must let ourselves be transformed into Jesus

(CNA/EWTN News) At Wednesday's general audience, Pope Francis said our participation in the Holy Eucharist at Mass is not a merely spiritual communion, but a sacramental one, uniting us to Christ and his Church.
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 22


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Pope Francis: Baptism establishes a sacramental bond of unity

(CNA/EWTN News) In his general audience during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis focused on the common baptism Christians share, saying the strength of this bond is stronger than existing divisions. “We are truly the Holy People of God, even if, due to our sins, we are not yet a people fully united,” the Pope said in his January 20 general audience, adding that “the mercy of God, which works in baptism, is stronger than our divisions.”
Publish date: 2016 - 1 - 21


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Nothing can separate us from the love of God

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Can you imagine how Jesus felt when He heard that His cousin John was persecuted and beheaded? He must have felt distressed and lonely. And naturally, He would relate that to His own final path to Calvary. So,“He withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by Himself.” (Matthew 14:13) […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 3


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Body and Blood of Christ – the cost of the ultimate love

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Jesus offers His life to redeem us, and His immense love for us gives rise to His ardent desire to be in perfect communion with us. He desires to be with us not only spiritually, but physically; not only in heaven, but also on earth. […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 22


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Flesh for the Life of the World

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of “the bread which I shall give”: this shows His power; for it shows that He was not crucified as a servant, subject to the Father, but of his own accord; for though He is said to have been given up by the Father, yet He delivered Himself up willingly. […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 8


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Judas’ Betrayal

Our Lord then said to Judas, “That which you do, do quickly,” and the traitor this once obeyed his Master. For having received the sop, he started immediately on his work: “He then having received the sop, went immediately out.” And indeed he did go out, not only from the house in which he was, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 15


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Pope Francis: Married couples are an icon of God’s love

(CNA/EWTN News) – In his weekly general audience on April 2, Pope Francis closed his catechesis on the sacraments by reflecting on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, noting that the marital couple is a unique example of divine love in the world. “Married couples carry out this vocation in a full and definitive communion of […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 3


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Pope Francis: Holy Orders is a vocation of service

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly general audience on March 26, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting his discourse to those who receive Holy Orders, referring to it as a vocation of “service.” Emphasizing again the priest’s role as servant, the Pope expressed that their lives should be full “of passionate love for […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 26


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Pope Francis: Through Anointing of the Sick, Jesus gives strength to the patient

(CNA) During his Wednesday audience on February 26, Pope Francis gave a brief catechesis on the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, noting that its purpose is to bring Christ close to the recipient. “Every time we celebrate this sacrament, the Lord Jesus, in the person of the priest, comes close to those who […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 26


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Pope Francis: Every time we go to confession, God embraces us

(CNA) During his Wednesday audience on February 19, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter’s Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. The Pope said that: “Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit who showers us with mercy and grace that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 19


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Jesus’ Compassion for the Hungry

在這天的福音中,我們再次讀到耶穌增餅的奇蹟。這是馬爾谷福音記載的第二個增餅奇蹟。上次是門徒先請求耶穌遣散群眾,讓他們去買東西吃。而這一次,福音記載耶穌主動跟門徒表示祂對群眾的憐憫。 耶穌憐憫群眾,不單關心他們肉體上的飢餓,也關心他們靈性上的飢餓。祂怕他們會在回家路上暈倒。耶穌是「道路」(若 14:6)。要走祂的道路,我們需要靈性上的食糧在路上滋養著我們。增餅奇蹟是耶穌建立聖體聖事和彌撒的預像。耶穌對門徒說的話,再一次引證祂賜給我們聖體聖血的心意。我們又會否珍惜參與彌撒和領聖體的機會呢? 耶穌透過門徒把食物分發給群眾,因此基督徒有責任令飢餓的人吃飽,不論是肉體上或是靈性上的飢餓。祈求天主轉化我們,使我們成為祂的工具,令眾人都得到飽飫。 這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Saturday of week 5 of Ordinary Time – Gospel In this Gospel reading, we come across the multiplication of the loaves and fishes again. This is the second of the two such miracles recorded in Mark. Last time, it was the disciples who first asked Jesus to dismiss the crowd, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 15


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The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

耶穌稱外邦人為小狗,並說拿兒女的餅扔給小狗是不對的,是指耶穌的救恩是天主早應許給亞巴郎的後裔,即猶太人;所以先給外邦人,是不對的。耶穌對婦人這樣說,其實並非真的拒絕她,而是藉她堅定的信德,鼓勵其他人在祈禱時也要懷有堅定、不容易氣餒的精神。 婦人接受小狗的稱呼,還表示她願留在桌子底下,為吃到孩子們掉下的碎屑;這顯出她對主的信賴,亦因她充滿智慧的回答,耶穌應允了她所祈求的,即魔鬼從她女兒身上出去了。 我們這些罪人,其實也如耶穌口中的小狗,不值得領受天主的麵餅,或參與祂頒下的聖事;可是如果我們能懷著痛悔和謙卑的心,來到主前懇求祂的憐憫,仁慈的天主必定會醫好我們的靈魂,幫助我們脫離邪惡的生活,如祂也為婦人的女兒驅走魔鬼一樣。 (本文以英文為準) Jesus calls the Gentiles dogs, as they were thought wicked by the Jews; and He means by bread the benefit which the Lord promised to the children, that is, to the Jews. The sense therefore is, that it is not right for the Gentiles first to be partakers of the benefit, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 13


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Pope Francis: The Eucharist helps us to see the face of Christ in others

(CNA/EWTN News) During his general audience on February 12, Pope Francis reflected on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, explaining that it helps us to truly encounter others as a community, and opens us to God’s mercy. The Pope wished to explore “how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, as […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 12


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Pope Francis: The Eucharist renews our relationship with Jesus and with our brothers

(CNA/EWTN News) During his general audience on February 5, Pope Francis spoke on the significance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. This sacrament “is the heart of Christian initiation and the Church’s fountain of life,” the Pope explained, which “accompanies every step of our pilgrimage of faith, fellowship and witness.” Shifting attention to the familiar […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 5


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Pope Francis: Confirmation grants us a strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith

(Vatican Radio) During his general audience on January 29, Pope Francis reflected on the sacrament of confirmation, explaining that it is “linked inseparably to Baptism”. He urged families to ensure their children receive the sacrament of Confirmation, without which, he stressed, they’ve only come “half-way.” Through our anointing with the sacred chrism, Confirmation strengthens and […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 29


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Pope Francis: In every generations, through baptism we are reborn to the new life of grace

(CNA/EWTN News) During his general audience on January 15, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Sacrament of Baptism, emphasizing that we are called to use the grace we receive in order to become “missionary disciples.” Turning to the Church in Japan as an example of how “small communities of the faithful” have survived “clandestinely […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 15


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The Gift of Baptism

主受洗節(慶日) 主受洗節提醒我們不要輕看聖洗聖事。 耶穌藉著悔罪的聖洗,不單要「完成全義」(瑪竇福音 3:15),祂亦以此來到罪人當中 ,把人的罪過扛在身上。祂接受約翰洗者象徵悔改的聖洗,顯示了祂對天父旨意的完全接納,也在祂與那些犯過罪卻渴望成義的人的共融中表現出來。祂被傅以天主聖神,是為在世上把救恩廣傳的使命作準備。 同樣,藉著聖洗,我們被傅以聖神。這為我們生命賦予了新的意義–重生,亦裝備我們接受新的使命。在我們接受自己作為基督門徒的身份的同時,我們把舊我棄絕,並為我們的召叫獻上自己。 聖洗不是一小撮人的專利,而是為所有人的,因「天主是不看情面的,凡在各民族中,敬畏他而又履行正義的人,都是他所中悅的。」(宗徒大事錄 10:34-35) 藉著聖洗,天主授予我們能力把福音傳到地極,這就是我們的召叫。 我們不該害怕這項新使命,因為伴隨著福傳使命而來的是聖神的恩賜,使我們足以完成遠超乎我們所能想像的事。耶穌不斷授予門徒各種能力和權力,由此可見天主願意我們參與祂的救贖工程。 耶穌聖潔無罪尚且注重聖洗,那我們更該為聖洗這份恩賜而感慶幸,並滿懷喜樂的履行我們作為基督門徒的責任。 Feast of the Baptism of the Lord The Baptism of the Lord reminds us how important Baptism is that we should not take lightly. Besides trying to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15), through a baptism of repentance, Jesus also identified himself with every sinner, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 12


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Western Europe Pilgrimage Series Part 3: Saints and Shrines

Catholics believe that bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ after being blessed by the priest in mass. Various eucharistic miracles have taken place over the years. St. Francis of Assisi is a well-known saint. How much do you know about him and his hometown Assisi? In the third episode of the Western Europe Pilgrimage Series, we will look at the lives of a number of saints, as well as two eucharistic miracles.
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 1


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Pope Francis: Baptism gives people a new and glorious hope

(CNA/EWTN News) On January 8, Pope Francis began a new series of catecheses on the Sacraments, starting with Baptism. As “the first of the Church’s seven sacraments, baptism gives us new birth in Christ,” said the Pope, and it “makes us sharers in the mystery of his death and resurrection, grants the forgiveness of sin […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 8


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Pope Francis: God never tires of forgiving us

(CNA/EWTN News) – In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priest’s should exercise this ministry with “humility”. “First and foremost, the protagonist of the forgiveness of sins is the Holy Spirit,” he noted, recalling how Jesus bestowed the Spirit […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 20


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Pope Francis: Baptism is the starting point of a path of conversion that lasts our whole life

(CNA/EWTN News) During his general audience on November 13, Pope Francis devoted his reflections to the sacrament of Baptism, stating that it opens the door a journey of faith, and helps to sustain us along the way. Each Sunday when making the Profession of Faith, we pray the words “I believe in one baptism for […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 14


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Pope Francis: In the Sacraments we find ourselves with Jesus

(CNA) – During his general audience on November 6, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of participating in the Church’s spiritual goods in order to grow closer to God as a community in charity. “Dear Brothers and Sisters,” he began, “In our continuing catechesis on the Creed, we now reflect on ‘the communion of saints’ […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 7