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Spiritual Talk – Pentecost Sunday (Year C)

On Pentecost Sunday (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho continues to describe to us the history of the early Church. This time, Fr. Ho speaks about the setbacks the Church encountered during the 15th and 16th centuries, beginning from Martin Luther's reformation, which led to further outcries for reform and resulted in increased opposition to the Church, with many ultimately deciding to leave the Church. Due to this, the Church called the Council of Trent to renew the faith and its teachings. Some of the topics that were discussed include the authority of the Bible and Tradition; the seven sacraments which were instituted by Jesus Christ; the true offering of Christ in the Mass with Christ's true presence in the Eucharist. The Council also discussed the authority of the Church to bestow Holy Orders and the power that comes from such ordinations, as well as the fundamentals of seminary formation. Finally, the prayer life and the importance of devotions for the faithful were also discussed. After the Council ended, St. Pope Pius V worked to put into practice the fruits of the Council discussions, especially popularizing the reflections of Jesus' passion and the practice of praying the Rosary.
Publish date: 2016 - 5 - 14


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Spiritual Talk – 6th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Publish date: 2016 - 4 - 30


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Spiritual Talk – 5th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

On the 5th Sunday of Easter, Fr. Anthony Ho continues to describe to us the history of the early Church. Fr. Ho speaks on the Spanish saint, St. Vincent Ferrer, and how he was raised by his parents to eventually become a holy Dominican. His preaching was renowned and led many converts to enter the Church. His most famous topic of preaching was "The Four Last Things".
Publish date: 2016 - 4 - 23


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Spiritual Talk – 4th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

On the 4th Sunday of Easter, Fr. Anthony Ho continues to describe to us the history of the early Church. Fr. Ho speaks on St. Catherine of Siena's early life, her mystical visions as well as her difficult life. Her insight into spirituality runs very deep, which is shown in her book "The Dialogues".
Publish date: 2016 - 4 - 16


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Spiritual Talk – Third Sunday of Easter (Year C)

On the Third Sunday of Easter (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho continues to describe to us the history of the early Church. Fr. Ho speaks about the suffering in Europe during the 14th century, as well as the saints who lived during this time. St. Bridget of Sweden began to see apparitions of Jesus from a young age, and her whole life revolved around the suffering Christ and living a life of strict discipline. She eventually established the Order of the Most Holy Saviour, also known as the Brigittines.
Publish date: 2016 - 4 - 9


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Spiritual Talk – Divine Mercy Sunday (Year C)

Publish date: 2016 - 4 - 2


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Spiritual Talk – Easter Sunday (Year C)

Publish date: 2016 - 3 - 26


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Spiritual Talk – Palm Sunday (Year C)

Publish date: 2016 - 3 - 19


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Spiritual Talk – 5th Sunday of Lent

On the 5th Sunday of Lent, Fr. Anthony Ho continues to describe to us the history of the early Church. Fr. Ho speaks on the life of St. Dominic and how he came to establish the Order of the Dominicans, and how they focused on the mission of preaching and evangelization, especially in their combat of heresies. Both the Dominicans and the Franciscans are recognized as the two major Catholic orders who are known for their poverty and simple life.
Publish date: 2016 - 3 - 12


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Spiritual Talk – 4th Sunday of Lent (Year C)

On the 4th Sunday of Lent (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho continues to describe to us the history of the early Church. Fr. Ho speaks on the formation of the Franciscan religious order, especially the events surrounding the life of St. Francis of Assisi. This order lives in the spirit of poverty and is one of the largest religious orders in the Catholic Church.
Publish date: 2016 - 3 - 5


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Spiritual Talk – 2nd Sunday of Lent (Year C)

Publish date: 2016 - 2 - 20


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Spiritual Talk – 1st Sunday of Lent (Year C)

On the 1st Sunday of Lent (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho continues to describe to us the history of the early Church. Fr. Ho focuses on St. Benedict this time, describing his life and how he became a model for contemplative life. During his contemplative practice, he was able to repel the Devil's temptation, leading to the popularization of the St. Benedict Medal in rejecting Satan's advances. Finally, his spirituality heavily focuses on prayer, work and spiritual reading, which in turn deeply affected the principles and practice of contemplative life in later years.
Publish date: 2016 - 2 - 13


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Spiritual Talk – 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C)

On the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho continues to describe to us the history of the early Church. Fr. Ho introduces several heresies that were dangerous to the early Church, and the importance of Ecumenical Councils. Lastly, he also depicts the lives of several Church Fathers and Doctors in their contributions in defense of the faith.
Publish date: 2016 - 2 - 6


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Spiritual Talk – 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C)

On the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho describes to us the persecution history of the early Church. Fr. Ho speaks on the lives of many martyrs, especially focusing on the story of St. Cecilia and her husband. May we be like them in witnessing courageously for God, living our lives by bearing our own crosses.
Publish date: 2016 - 1 - 30


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Spiritual Talk – 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C)

On the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho describes to us the story of Jesus' public reading of the bible passage about Himself from the Gospel of Luke. Fr. Ho advises us to read the bible daily, and tells us the story of one of the original contemplatives, St. Anthony the Abbot. His life of hardship and discipline has become the traditional standard for contemplatives, and is a witness which strengthened the faith of early Christians. Finally, his defense of the faith against the Arian heresy is also a contribution that should not be forgotten.
Publish date: 2016 - 1 - 23


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Spiritual Talk – 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C)

On the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho explains to us the significance of Jesus' miracle of turning water into wine at the Wedding of Cana from the Gospel of John. Fr. Ho also tells us a story that revealed the power of Mary's intercession, and reminds us the importance of devotion to the Sacred Heart and Precious Blood.
Publish date: 2016 - 1 - 16


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Spiritual Talk – Baptism of the Lord (Year C)

On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho explains to us the significance of the Sacrament of Baptism. Together with our baptismal promises, Baptism brings us new life and grace, making us members of the Church and sons and daughters of God. As Christians, we must live out Jesus Christ's life and mission, as St. Christopher's story reminds us.
Publish date: 2016 - 1 - 9


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Spiritual Talk – Feast of the Epiphany (Year C)

On the Feast of the Epiphany (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho explains to us the story of the Three Kings in the Gospel of Matthew. Fr. Ho also talks about the Feast of Mary Mother of God, and the origins of the Rosary and its relationship with St. Dominic. Through the Rosary we can meditate on Jesus' life and understand the power of prayer. Finally, Fr. Ho shares with us a story about the Holy Name of Jesus.
Publish date: 2016 - 1 - 2


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Spiritual Talk – Feast of the Holy Family (Year C)

On the Feast of the Holy Family (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho explains to us the humble birth of Jesus as man and the meaning behind His decision to be hidden over the years before He began His ministry. Fr. Ho also speaks on the Infant Jesus and His relationship with St. Anthony and St. Faustina, while also describing the effects of venerating Infant Jesus.
Publish date: 2015 - 12 - 26


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Spiritual Talk – Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C)

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho explains for us the story of Mary's Visitation to Elizabeth. Mary is our mother, and devotion to her can help us to receive great graces from God and allow us to escape from the clutches of sin and evil. Fr. Ho describes several stories of Mary's protection of the faithful, as well as the benefits of praying the Rosary.
Publish date: 2015 - 12 - 19


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Spiritual Talk – Third Sunday of Advent (Year C)

On the Third Sunday of Advent (Year C), also known as Gaudete Sunday, Fr. Anthony Ho reminds us to be joyful in anticipation of Jesus' coming and the origin of the Sacrament of Baptism, bringing us eternal salvation. However, this does not mean that suffering will end on Earth, as only the Kingdom of Heaven will have perfect joy and peace. Lastly, Fr. Ho also speaks about Our Lady of Guadalupe and the events surrounding her apparition, as well as the fruits of faith that appeared as a result.
Publish date: 2015 - 12 - 12


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Spiritual Talk – Second Sunday of Advent(Year C)

On the Second Sunday of Advent(Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho explains for us the story of St. Jon the Baptist's prophecy of the saviour's coming. He reminds us to find time for silence, to pray and reflect, to create room as we receive God into our hearts. Fr. Ho also speaks on the life of St. Nicholas and the stories surrounding his aid of the poor.
Publish date: 2015 - 12 - 5


 
Spiritual Talk – First Sunday of Advent (Year C)

On the First Sunday of Advent (Year C), Fr. Anthony Ho explains for us the story of Jesus' prophecy of the second coming. At the beginning of the Advent season, we should also prepare ourselves as we await His return. His arrival will bring about the last judgement, the destruction of sin and eternal life. Fr. Ho also shares with us the story of the apostle Andrew from his following of Jesus to his missionary work after Jesus' death until his own martyrdom. St. Francis Xavier is another missionary who glorified Jesus with his life, relying on God to spread the Good News to Asia. His life is another witness for us to learn from and honor.
Publish date: 2015 - 11 - 22


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Spiritual Talk – Solemnity of Christ the King

On the last Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B), also known as the Solemnity of Christ the King, Fr. Anthony Ho describes for us the story of Pontius Pilate's interrogation of Jesus. Jesus Christ as king did not sit high above us on a throne, but rather was raised up and nailed to the Cross. He gave up his life for us, His people on Earth, protecting God's kingdom. Fr. Ho also speaks on the lives of martyrs St. Miguel Pro from Mexico and St. Catherine of Alexandria from Ancient Egypt, describing how they witnessed to the slogan of "Long Live Christ the King" even to their deaths.
Publish date: 2015 - 11 - 21