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How Jesus Deals with Our Failures

Jesus is the Lord of life, therefore, let’s look at how He resurrects life from our failures. Everyone knows that, when we fail, God forgives us and begins again, but we usually know this only intellectually.
Publish date: 2021 - 4 - 4


 
Being Christian in Public

Our final challenge in our Lenten wilderness experience is a call to courage. Most Catholics aren’t courageous about professing their faith in Jesus. We’ve talked many times about our fear of making the sign of the Cross in public, about sharing our Christian opinion with our friends because our stance isn’t popular, about discussing anything religious. We want to fit in above all else, and so we act like we’re not Christian.
Publish date: 2021 - 3 - 28


 
Renewing Our Hearts

Today, we’re talking about renewing our hearts, and two stories stand out in my mind as opposite starting points. One time, I was having a deep, late-night conversation with a friend, and I don’t remember how we got onto the topic, but he caught me off guard when he said, “I wish I weren’t having sex with my girlfriend.” Most people do want to have sex, but he was expressing a deeper desire. I never forgot his words because they came from his heart.
Publish date: 2021 - 3 - 21


 
Have Mercy on Yourself, Because God Does

Our theme today is: Have mercy on yourself, because God does. For the past three weeks, He’s challenged us to overcome our sloth, to take more responsibility in our prayer, and to root out poor language. If we’ve been with Jesus in the wilderness and facing our demons, we shouldn’t be exhausted, but should be tired. So, God wants you to rest.
Publish date: 2021 - 3 - 14


 
Change Our Words, Change Our Love

Let’s talk about the sins of cursing, profanity, and vulgarity. Most of us (not all, but most) would agree that such language is generally wrong. None of you swears around me. How would you feel if I swore? There’s a video by Jimmy Kimmel asking if children know any naughty words, and it’s insightful regarding our society: On one hand, the crowd cheers when a boy swears; on the other, they’re shocked when another boy uses a very disparaging word. So, there’s a tension: We feel vulgar language isn’t right, but it’s not that bad.
Publish date: 2021 - 3 - 7


 
Seeing Into the Future

Over the years, I’ve reminded you how God takes care of us in suffering, but today I’m challenging you to make it your own by doing a spiritual exercise.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 28


 
Defeating Spiritual Laziness

Here’s a list of the seven deadly sins: pride, avarice, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth. We basically understand most of them, except perhaps for sloth, which is more than laziness. The best way to understand sloth is with a description. Imagine a man who’s successful in life: He supports and loves his family, succeeds at work, sleeps enough, exercises, and makes time for friends. When it comes to his relationship with God, he gives little time to this, and does the minimum for his spiritual needs. He’s not a bad person. But we know he has the sin of sloth precisely because, in other areas of his life, he’s driven.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 21


 
Reaching Out to the Marginalized

In 2013, Vinicio Riva went to Rome and, during a large papal audience, reached out to kiss Pope Francis’s ring, and the Holy Father embraced him. The world took notice because Vinicio is severely disfigured due to neurofibromatosis. Here are two pictures (https://www.ncronline.org/sites/default/files/styles/article_slideshow/public/stories/images/DisfiguredMan.jpg?itok=cerWemjF; https://media.newyorker.com/photos/590951ec2179605b11ad3278/master/pass/pope-francis-kisses-face-580.jpeg). Normally, people stay away from him, which is why he said, “What astonished me is that [the pope] didn’t think twice on embracing me. I’m not contagious, but he didn’t know. He just did it; he caressed all my face, and while he was doing that, I felt only love.
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 14


 
The Fullness of Life

If you had a magical power to change the world, what would you do (Matthew Kelly, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, 143-145)? “Superheroes use their powers to outwit the bad guys”; song writers use their powers to win the heart of the one they love. But, if we had the power to change the world, shouldn’t we use it for the greatest good, for the greatest number of people, and for the longest duration?
Publish date: 2021 - 2 - 7


 
We Get to Choose Our Anxieties

Believe it or not, we choose some of our anxieties. That’s because some are based on our world view. When we’re in high school and university, for example, we experience great anxiety to get good grades, but this is based on the world view that our identity is based on our performance. We should aim for excellence and do our best, but God doesn’t demand only A’s. If we believed and lived this truth, we’d have less anxiety.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 31


 
“Sunday Homily: Fr. Justin Huang” Begin Again With Equilibrium

Many of us struggle with highs and lows in our lives: When we’re high, we’re very high, but unfortunately unprepared for problems and sufferings that eventually come. If you’re the kind of person who gets surprised at suffering, such as when COVID-19 struck the world, this may apply to you. On the other hand, once we’re low, we’re distraught, forgetful that God’s still with us.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 10


 
“Sunday Homily – Fr. Justin Huang” Evangelization Helps Us Begin Again

There’s a popular YouTube channel about exercise and one of the videos is entitled, “Can you touch your fingers behind your back? (Big Problem!).” An athlete should be able to put one hand behind their head and one behind their back and then touch their fingers—this flexibility will help them exercise properly.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 3


 
Begin Again, Because God Begins Again

If we’re suffer from any discouragement, God doesn’t want this. Discouragement is a normal part of life, but it’s not from God. In the past three weeks, I’ve observed these types of discouragement: 1) People getting frustrated with themselves, their mistakes and failures; 2) Someone admitted, looking back on this year, “I wondered if God would accept me, after what I’ve done”—that’s the voice of doubt; 3) “I’m sick of being at home. I can’t go anywhere”—that’s an exaggeration, but the feeling of helplessness points to a deprivation of meaningful human contact.
Publish date: 2020 - 12 - 25


Begin Again Through Trials

 
Begin Again Through Trials

Today, we’re going to answer the question of why God allows spiritual desolation, something we all experience, especially this year. By spiritual desolation we mean feeling far from God, not feeling His love, not wanting to pray, and everything spiritual is hard.
Publish date: 2020 - 12 - 27


"Sunday Homily" - Begin Again: More Blessings Are Coming

 
Begin Again: More Blessings Are Coming

There are two things you can do to see God’s blessings in your life: 1) Perspective. Our life is probably better than we think. One time, the wife of author Michael Hyatt asked, “How was your day?” “Man, it was terrible.” “Really, what was so bad about it?” When he finished telling her, she said, “It sounds to me like you had a really bad 20 minutes, not a bad day.” He said, “That’s pretty much right, because the rest of the day was pretty great”
Publish date: 2020 - 12 - 20


 
Begin Again: Go Out of Yourself

In 1965 Archbishop Sheen quoted Carl Jung, the famous psychiatrist, that about a third of people who saw him didn’t have a “clinically definable neurosis,” but were suffering from “senselessness and aimlessness” in their lives ! It’s an existential crisis, a lack of meaning and purpose, an anxiety, and a problem of living. This reminds me of our culture, which is spiritually empty: We don’t seriously reflect on why we exist, the meaning of life, and what comes after death. Our emptiness has deepened now that we’re more anxious about our physical health and are more isolated.
Publish date: 2020 - 12 - 13


 
Begin Again

Because of the First Reading and because we’re now in Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year, I’ve discerned a theme that we’re going to be talking about during Advent and Christmas, and that theme is: Begin Again.
Publish date: 2020 - 12 - 6


 
Envy

Some of you might have enjoyed the movie Parasite, a Korean film that won last year’s Academy award for best picture. The film is very well acted and well made, but let me tell you why I think it’s not a good film: It’s because it justifies moral evil. In the film, there is a rich and poor family, and in order to have a better life, the impoverished family gravely lies, causes people to lose their jobs, causes bodily harm, steals, damages property, attempts murder, and kills. The movie does not portray these as wrong actions, but sometimes even makes light of them.
Publish date: 2020 - 9 - 20


 
Think of Our Sins Before the Sins of Others

You may remember these two simple ideas from a year and a half ago about forgiveness: A seminary professor once told us about a woman whose husband committed adultery. She went for counselling, shared her story and pain, but the healing only started when the doctor lovingly asked her, “Are you going to stay angry […]
Publish date: 2020 - 9 - 13


 
Fr. Justin Huang Sunday Homily : Warning

[Watch Fr. Justin’s homily delivery here.] https://youtu.be/qooNkt2Eftk A while back, I called a 30-year old man who had been a young adult leader in a youth group at another parish. I said, “I want some advice because I’m starting to love the youth at St. Anthony’s the way I loved all of you, and I […]
Publish date: 2020 - 9 - 6


 
Five Ways God Expands Our Horizons

The strictest order of monks in the Church is the Carthusians, semi-hermits who live in independent cells joined to a larger motherhouse. They pray together three times a day but only talk once a week. Each man cooks for himself, cuts wood for his furnace to keep warm, and has a perpetual, that is, lifelong abstinence from meat.
Publish date: 2020 - 8 - 30


 
Where’s Your Best Place to Pray?

[Watch Fr. Justin’s homily delivery here.] https://youtu.be/y2dzRVrYfPE Would you spend 30 days here at this retreat centre in South Dakota (https://broom-tree.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/RetreatCenterFeaturedImage.jpg) or in Assisi, Italy (https://www.planetware.com/wpimages/2018/11/italy-assisi-attractions-town-overview-sunny-day.jpg)? This is a question for me in the future, when I make a 30-day retreat in silence and prayer. The decisive factor is not which would I like more, […]
Publish date: 2020 - 8 - 16


 
How to Ask for the Best Gifts

"At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, 'Ask what I should give you'" (1 Kg 3:5).—This is what God is saying to us today.: He wants to know what we want. What a beautiful offer!
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 26


 
Three Ways to Receive Blessings

Why does it seem that Jesus blesses some people more than others? A similar question is asked in the Gospel by the disciples, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" Jesus speaks to the crowds using metaphors but only gives the explanation to the disciples—why?
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 12