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Pope Francis: If we want, we can become good soil to help ripen the seed of the Word

(Vatican News) During Sunday’s Angelus, from the window of his studio above St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis drew inspiration from the Gospel of the day, in which Jesus recounts to a crowd the Parable of the Sower.
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 15


 
Pope Francis: Jesus’ meekness and humility is a result of living in full transparency to the love of the Father

(Vatican News) Pope Francis addressed a scattering of well-distanced faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday with a reflection on the Gospel reading of the day (Mt 11:25-30), which he explained, is divided into three parts.
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 8


 
Pope Francis: The most important thing in life is to make life a gift

(Vatican Radio) During his Angelus on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis reflected on the life of Saint Peter, contrasting his deliverance from prison by an angel in Monday’s First Reading (Acts 12: 1 – 11), with his later imprisonment in Rome and martyrdom.
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 1


 
Pope Francis: Even if we experience the shortcomings of people, in prayer we should not condemn or reject them

(Vatican News) Pope Francis began his General Audience on Wednesday by noting that “God never liked to have anything to do with those who prayed the 'easy' way”. He used Moses as an example, explaining that from the very first day of his vocation he was not a “weak” dialogue partner.
Publish date: 2020 - 6 - 17


 
Pope Francis: The beatitudes reveal the path from selfishness to holiness

(CNA) The eight beatitudes proclaimed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount reveal the path from selfishness to holiness, Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday.
Publish date: 2020 - 4 - 29


 
Pope Francis: The purified heart is thus the result of a process that implies liberation and renunciation

(CNA) It is the Holy Spirit who leads us away from our sins and towards purity of heart, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.
Publish date: 2020 - 4 - 1


 
Pain is not in Vain, Interview with Former CE Donald Tsang

For Donald Tsang, former chief executive of Hong Kong, while the days he spent in jail were painful, he saw the experience as a blessing or even a mountaintop experience.
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 21


 
Pope Francis: Forgive and you will be forgiven

(CNA) Showing and receiving God’s mercy are central aspects of Christian life – and everyone is in debt to God for the mercy he has already been shown, Pope Francis said during his general audience address Wednesday.
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 18


 
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: 2020 - 3 - 7


 
Pope Francis: Divisions among Christians prevent us from being fully the sign of God's love

(CNA) Welcoming other Christians and showing hospitality to strangers, especially migrants, is an opportunity for unity and for sharing Christ’s love, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.
Publish date: 2020 - 1 - 22


 
Pope Francis: Martyrdom is the air of the life of a Christian

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that persecution has always been a part of the Church’s life, and that the witness of martyrdom is a blessing for all Christians.
Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 11


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
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