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Wake Up to the Word of God

Joseph Shu is an accomplished electrical engineer. Since 1997, he has been travelling around the world to preach the gospel. Fountain of Grace invited him to share how his habit of reading the scriptures early in the morning has transformed his life.
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 21


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Pope Francis: Light our lamps and be ready for our final encounter with the Lord

(Vatican News) Pope Francis reflects on this Sunday (August 11)’s Gospel and on Jesus’ call to be vigilant and to “light our lamps” as we await the final encounter with the Father.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 16


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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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Pope Francis: Christian prayer is a dialogue between people who love one another based on trust

(Vatican News) In his reflection on Sunday’s Gospel, Pope Francis said that the disciples wanted “to experience the same ‘quality’” of prayer was present in Jesus’ relationship with the Father.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 31


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Sr. Maria Ko: Psalms of Joy and Sorrow

Living in the 21st century, we enjoy unprecedented comfort and convenience; however, compared to previous generations, we are much less aware of our emotional state. Fountain of Grace invited Sr. Maria Ko, a biblical scholar, to share with us how praying with Psalms can help us be more in touch with our emotions as well as enriching our prayer lives.
Publish date: 2019 - 5 - 18


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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


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Pope Francis: The interior life, faith in God, and the certainty of God’s love are remedies for temptations

(CNA) Pope Francis said Sunday that the nine Spanish seminarian martyrs beatified this weekend provide a witness to priests and bishops to remain pure and generous.
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 13


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The Lord calls. My family responds.

Deacon Paul Ma was ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Toronto in 2014. How did God call him? How did he and his family respond to God's calling?
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 2


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Pope Francis: The lack of faith is an obstacle to God’s grace

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis said Sunday that God always surprises people with the way he works, and because of this, believers should be open to the Lord's way of thinking and acting, rather than expecting him to conform to their aspirations.
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 12


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After the Exodus: Fr. Augustine Tsang

Fr. Augustine Tsang experienced his personal exodus during his teenage years, his study in science and spirituality then helped him further reflect on the meaning of his life. Fountain of Grace invited Fr. Tsang to share with us what his faith means to him.
Publish date: 2018 - 6 - 30


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Pope Francis: Sin and death is never the last word for Jesus

(CNA/EWTN News) Catholics have no reason to fear death, because Christ the Lord has power over death; instead, they should fear sin, which hardens and kills the soul, Pope Francis said Sunday.
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 5


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Pope Francis: The greatest danger modern youth face is the temptation to mediocrity

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis said Wednesday that the greatest danger modern youth face is not the array of problems that surround them, but rather, the temptation to mediocrity – preferring to stay immobile rather than making a leap toward the next step.
Publish date: 2018 - 6 - 14


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Pope Francis: The renunciation of Satan and the act of faith go together

(CNA/EWTN News) It is not possible to have a relationship with God if we are attached to sin and the devil, Pope Francis said Wednesday, encouraging Christians to cut those harmful ties and re-proclaim their faith in Christ and his Church.
Publish date: 2018 - 5 - 3


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Pope Francis: Do you want peace? Then work for peace

(CNA/EWTN News) On his first full day in Chile, Pope Francis told Catholics in the country that the Beatitudes aren't just a simple piece of advice from someone who purports to know everything, but are a source of hope which impels people to leave their comfort zone and follow the path given by Jesus.
Publish date: 2018 - 1 - 17


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Pope Francis: Silence during mass is the availability to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis said Wednesday that moments of silence in the Mass should be intentional times of prayer, recollection and communion with God, rather than being viewed as times to just be quiet or not speak.
Publish date: 2018 - 1 - 11


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Walking with God – Helen (2)

Helen can retire at the age of 46. She thought the she should do something as a return for God’s love, so she joined the Legion of Mary and ministry of usher. Every week from the homily of the spiritual director and the assignment, she learns a lot. The first time she went to Fatima, she asked our Lady if she is with her. The next day during mass, the long lasting pain of her finger and arm had get well. She cried so hard and she didn’t think that she deserve her love. She prayed that Jesus to help her to transform herself, love others and do God’s will.
Publish date: 2017 - 10 - 6


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Pope Francis: Christians are called to open spaces for salvation

(CNA/EWTN News) True Christians are not sad or gloomy, but have the specific task of being bearers of hope, Pope Francis said Wednesday – and not only with their words, but with actions as simple as a smile or an act of charity.
Publish date: 2017 - 10 - 4


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Pope Francis: To be a Christian means a new perspective – a gaze full of hope

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis said going through life downcast as if it has no meaning is not the attitude of a Christian, who has the assurance that even when things look grim, there is always new hope found in Christ.
Publish date: 2017 - 8 - 23


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Walking with God – Helen (1)

Helen is a fervent catholic. She studied in Catholic school, but was only baptized 22 years ago. The night when she was baptized, her husband died of lung cancer at the age of 46. The next day, her 10 year-old son told her he saw his father gone to heaven in his dream. Two months later during Mass, she heard the Holy Spirit talk to her, saying that God loves her so much and wants to give her a chance to be a good mother, bringing up her two kids. She went through a lot of difficulties, but with the help of God and Our Lady, she learned how to communicate with others, to forgive, and be a good Catholic, so that people can see the presence of God.
Publish date: 2017 - 8 - 12


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Pope Francis: God forgives sins, because he wants the total, definitive freedom of man’s heart

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Church doesn't exist for people without faults, but for sinners in need of God's mercy – a point he often returns to – and lamented the fact that there are many Catholics who believe the opposite.
Publish date: 2017 - 8 - 9


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Pope Francis: In this world where good and evil are totally entwined, learn to see with God’s eyes

(CNA/EWTN News) On Sunday Pope Francis said good and evil are often entwined, and that as sinners, we can't label any one group or institution as bad, since we all face temptation and have the ability to choose which path to follow.
Publish date: 2017 - 7 - 26


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Pope Francis: Jesus does not take the cross away from us, he carries it with us

(CNA/EWTN News) When life gets hard, Jesus especially invites us to turn to him, Pope Francis said.
Publish date: 2017 - 7 - 12


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Walking with God – Teresa (2)

Teresa grew up in a grass root family. She studied hotel management when she was in university. After emigrating to Canada, her mother opened a beauty institute. At that time she was already married. Hoping to have babies, she joined her mum's business in order to have more flexible working hours for her family. It has been almost 28 years now. She always pray that God will give her wisdom to know every step in her life. She feels that Our Lady accompanies her daily, and she thanks God and Our Lady for everything she has. She learned how to pray short verses whole heartedly, which is very useful. You may not get what you want, but God will have other arrangements for you. Through her business, she gets in touch with many people with whom she share her faith, which is good for evangelization.
Publish date: 2017 - 7 - 8


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Pope Francis: Christians must put their relationship with Jesus above all else

(CNA/EWTN News) On Sunday, Pope Francis said that everyone – lay or religious – must put their relationship with Jesus above all else; and striving to do this, even imperfectly, will help them to be like Christ to the world. “People need to perceive that for that disciple, Jesus is truly ‘Lord,’ he is truly […]
Publish date: 2017 - 7 - 6