【Spiritual Talk】 Fr. Ho talks about the Third Commandment

The Third Commandment is to keep the Sabbath day holy. It calls us to attend Mass and avoid unnecessary work on Sunday in honour of the day Jesus rose from the dead and the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles during Pentecost. Fr. Chu once told a story during a homily, saying that someone gave a beggar six of the seven coins in their pocket. The beggar hit the person, stole the seventh coin, and left. Oftentimes, Fr. Chu explained, we are like the ungrateful beggar. God gave us six days to do our work but we often ignore Him and even that seventh day we steal from Him. If we do our work, studies, and chores for God, then we can temporarily pause them to focus on God on Sunday. If we cannot even let go of these duties temporarily, then we have placed them above God and made them into idols. In certain circumstances, if there is no priest nearby or if one cannot step away from caring for someone, for example, it is impossible to attend Mass on Sunday. In these cases, one must increase personal worship of God. We have four reasons to attend Mass: adoration, reparation, thanksgiving, and supplication. Sunday is a foretaste of Heaven, prevents us from being enamoured of the present life, and reminds us to place God first.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 2

Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about Messiah

A writer once wrote that there are two reasons why God waited for so long to send His Messiah. Firstly, humans sinned out of pride so the long wait served to humble them. Secondly, just as the first Adam’s creation was preceded by the wondrous creation of lesser creatures, the arrival of Jesus, the second Adam, was preceded by the many miracles of the Old Testament. The Old Testament can be divided into four parts: from Adam to Moses, from Moses to David, from David to the Babylonian Exile, and from the Babylonian Exile to Jesus. In the first period, the religion was primitive and led by the head of each family. In the second, Mosaic Law promulgated eternal law in the Ten Commandments and the temporary law for the Jews. In the third, King David combined religion and politics and his son Solomon built the Temple. In the last period, the Israelites were conquered by the Babylonians. The Son of God was the only person able to choose His mother. In order for her to be above the unfallen angels and to be fit to have authority over Jesus, she had to be without sin. God prepared the people of Israel for Jesus through the Old Testament, and He prepared Mary to receive Jesus’ birth.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 1

Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about actual sin

Due to the fall of Adam and Eve, we have lost the supernatural gifts we would’ve inherited. Now, we must obtain them again from Jesus. But whereas Original Sin resulted from Adam and Eve’s actions, Actual or Personal Sin result from our own actions. Actual sin can be either mortal or venial. Mortal sin destroys our friendship with God and erases our previous merits; it has three conditions: (1) it must be a grave matter, (2) the sinner must be aware of its severity, and (3) the sinner must willingly assent to the sin. Mortal sin is the death of the soul, venial sin is the sickness of the soul. Venial sin is any sin that does not meet the three requirements to be a mortal sin. It weakens our intellect and will, reducing our resistance to temptation. Confession is mandatory for mortal sin, but only commendable for venial sin. If the soul has died, who else but God can bring it back to life? Apart from sanctifying grace, God also gives us actual grace to help us in our everyday life to do good and avoid evil. We cannot rely on our own strength but cooperate with God’s help to obey the commandments.
Publish date: 2019 - 5 - 25

Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about original sin and its consequences

All men and women are the descendants of Adam and Eve. In the beginning, God placed our first parents in the Garden of Eden and gave them both supernatural grace and preternatural gifts. But after the Fall, Adam and Eve lost them and we as their descendants no longer inherit them at our birth, a state called Original Sin. We no longer have superior intellects to understand reality, our wills are biased towards our passions, and we can suffer and die. But whereas angels cannot repent after sinning, humans can still return to God through repentance. The demons must have been greatly enraged to know that Adam and Eve could still return to God after falling once. Just as the original Adam and Eve made humanity lose God’s grace, the new Adam and Eve—Jesus and Mary—returned humanity back to God's grace.
Publish date: 2019 - 5 - 18

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

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

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

The “Little Apocalypse”

Are we nearing the day of the sun darkening, the moon losing its light, and the stars falling from the sky?
Publish date: 2018 - 11 - 18

Ask Fr. Francis – Original Sin

Fr. Francis will address questions about penalty.
Publish date: 2018 - 9 - 29

Ask Fr Francis – Original Sin

Fr Francis will address a question about the original sin.
Publish date: 2018 - 9 - 1

Theology Study

Originally, Vivien studied theology because she just wanted to accompany her friend. Then she found out that she knew very little. The more we seek, the more we find how great the Creator is. The mystery of God is unlimited, and we may not understand it even if we spend our whole life trying. As a member of the laity, we have the esponsibility to spread the Good News of the Gospel. Since studying theology, Vivien found that she has become more humble, knows more about her faith, and her relationship with God is closer – a great enhancement in her faith journey.
Publish date: 2018 - 4 - 14

Pope Francis: Heaven isn’t a ‘fairy tale’ – it’s an embrace with God

Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke about the hope Christians have at the end of life, which is found in God’s promise to be with us at the moment of our death, and to give us eternal life with him in heaven.
Publish date: 2017 - 10 - 25

Little-Known Facts about the Holy Land: Church of the Holy Sepulchre

In the eyes of Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem is the most sacred place, because that is where Jesus was crucified and resurrected. What does the place look like today after some 2000 years? Little-Known Facts about the Holy Land takes you to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to reflect upon graces brought forth by Jesus' resurrection.
Publish date: 2017 - 4 - 15

Sharing Our Talents

Because of a dream, Hau Ming Yeung and his wife Cammy Leung decided to give up their careers and fully immerse themselves in faith formation of the Catholic laity. They founded "Living Faith Society" and "Talentum Bookshop", hoping to touch more Catholics and inspire them to evangelize and serve the Church through these two organizations.
Publish date: 2016 - 7 - 2

Two Becomes One (3)

On this week's "Love and Life", we will continue to look at "Theology of the Body" to discuss the Catholic Church's teachings on sex and marriage. Marriage is a sign that points to the Holy Trinity as well as the union between Christ and the Church. We will also examine the meaning of chastity and why the Church requires religious clergy to abide by the rule of celibacy.
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 22

Two Becomes One (2)

On this week's "Love and Life", we will continue to look at "Theology of the Body" to discuss the Catholic Church's teachings on sex and marriage. When God created Man and Woman He had a purpose, but original sin caused the human race to lose the correct understanding of sex and the body. We will also analyze why the Church is opposed to certain acts such as contraception and artificial insemination.
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 15

Two Becomes One

On this week's "Love and Life", we invited two experts on "Theology of the Body" to discuss the Catholic Church's teachings on sex and marriage. Man and woman originated from the same body, and the union of man and woman truly reflects the love among the Holy Trinity as one body. The distinctive qualities of this love is proclaimed in the marriage vows, as this love can only exist on Earth within a marriage. In addition, we will also analyze why the Church is opposed to certain sexual acts that are prevalent in society.
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 8

The Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension of the Lord “Spirit”, “apostles”, “Mary”, “prayer” – What better ways to reveal the Church? How can any one of these constitutive elements be missing when the Church being revealed is the Church of Christ? After the ascension of the Son and on the threshold of the Pentecostal outpouring of the Spirit, we […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 1

God’s house

Fifth Sunday of Easter In the gospel reading, Jesus told his apostles in the Last Supper that he would leave them to prepare a place for them in his “Father’s house” (Jn 14:2). In the Bible, “God’s house” is a key term that refers to the Church, as signified by the Tabernacle (Ex 26) and […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 18

John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

On this week's "Love and Life", we will take an in-depth look at the Theology of the Body, the Catholic Church's teaching on sex and relationships, as well as the crucial role of marriage within the Church.
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 26

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

如好鏡子會反映對面的影像,天主正義的審判也將會反映我們的作為。在耶穌的比喻中,富翁沒有憐憫躺臥在他大門前的乞丐,所以當他渴求憐憫時,也沒有得到應允。在比喻中,這富翁揀選了世上的幸福,天天奢華地宴樂,乞丐拉匝祿卻受盡了苦;於是拉匝祿死後得到安慰,富翁死後卻要受苦。 可能許多人會問,有沒有人能在這一世和永生中都能脫免苦難?相信即使不是不可能,也是很難的事,因為從亞當犯了罪開始,人的一切勞動、貧困、悲傷和疾病等等的苦,都是罪的刑罰。即使人想脫離罪惡,每天要克服自己的慾望、憤怒、虛榮、驕傲等等,在靈性和肉體上都是痛苦的鬥爭,但如不背起自己的十字架,又怎能跟隨耶穌並且得救? (本文以英文為準) As the best mirrors represents an image of the face opposite to it, so also is the just judgment of God adapted to our dispositions. Where the rich man because he did not pity the poor as Lazarus lay at his gate, is not heard when he needs mercy for himself. All […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 20

To risk or not to risk

Second Sunday of Lent Lenten season serves as an invitation to us to change. But changes are not always welcome in our comfortable lives. The greatest risk in our faith journey is to not take any risks, and to be too comfortable with the status quo. Yet, only under one condition should these risks be […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 16

Make the Wise Choice

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time God has given us the freedom of choice. He allows us to choose Him, or to reject Him; to choose righteousness, or to choose evil. The temptations around us always attack us where we are weakest, luring us to choose evil as opposed to righteousness. As we find ourselves struggling […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 16

Will you be taken, or left behind?

耶穌曾多次談及末世,亦即是人子再來、人接受天主審判的日子。沒有人知道這時期甚麼時候會到,但可以肯定這時期必然會來,而且屆時將有很多人喪亡。就像在諾厄和羅特的日子裡,人本來過著平常的日子,災禍卻突然襲來,除了諾厄、羅特和他們的家人因得到天主特別的召叫而躲過危難,其他人無一倖免。 作為耶穌的信徒,我們已得到祂一而再的提示,要時刻為這末世的日子作好準備,因為當那日子到來時,我們才醒覺便已太遲。耶穌也以羅特的妻子來提醒我們,不要留戀世上的事物;天主已為我們準備好永恆的生命,但過份留戀現世,卻會喪失真正而永恆的福樂。所以祂說:「在那一日,那在屋頂上的,不要下來拿取在屋裏的器具;那在田裏的,也同樣不要回家。你們要記得羅特的妻子!不論誰,若想保全自己的性命,必要喪失性命;凡喪失性命的,必要保存性命。」救恩來自天主,但每人對天主不同的回應,會令各人得到不同的命運。正如耶穌說:「兩個人同在一張床上,一個被接去,而一個被遺棄;兩個女人一起推磨,一個被接去,而一個被遺棄。」你想成為被接去的一位,還是被遺棄?讓我們時刻醒悟祈禱,為主而生活,那麼末日何時到來,我們也不會感到措手不及。 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: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, 常年期第三十二週星期五. Jesus described a number of times what the end of the world will be like; though we don’t know when this day will come, we are sure that it will come for sure. Similar to the days of Noah and Lot, God’s judgment […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 15