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【Ask Fr. Francis】December 7, 2019

Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 7


 
【Spiritual Talk】Second Sunday of Advent (Year A) – Fr. Anthony Ho

Apart from Jesus and Mary, Advent has a third important character: St. John the Baptist. In this Sunday's Gospel reading, the Gospel of Matthew 3:1-12, the Baptist proclaims the Kingdom of God is near and calls the people to repent. The term "Kingdom of God" is very important in Matthew's Gospel and appears 51 times. The Baptist wears a shirt of camel's hair and a leather belt, just like the Old Testament prophet Elijah. Apart from their similarity in clothing, the two men also opposed an evil king and were persecuted for it. They also prepared the way for another prophet: Elijah for Elisha, the Baptist for Jesus. And both Elisha and Jesus would heal lepers and raise the dead. Also, both men transmitted their missions at the Jordan River: Elijah was received into Heaven and passed his mission to Elisha; St. John baptized Jesus and made way for His greater mission. The baptism of John prepared the way for the baptism of Christ, which remits sins and makes people into temples of God and members of the Church.
Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 7


 
【Edwin’s blog】December 7, 2019

Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 7


 
Radio broadcast – Full episode (Dec 7, 2019)

Christmas again 【Ask Fr. Francis】 【Spiritual Talk】Second Sunday of Advent (Year A) - Fr. Anthony Ho 【Edwin’s blog】December 7, 2019
Publish date: 2019 - 12 - 7


 
Prep for Christmas: Learning from the Hermits in Cappadocia

Cappadocia, Turkey is the hometown of three Church Fathers and where numerous monasteries and churches are located. "Prep for Christmas" takes you there to get to know the lives of the hermits in the past.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 30


 
Food for Thought Christmas Special: Golden Spoon Stickers

Advent is the beginning of the Catholic Church's liturgical season. During Advent, not only do we prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we should also be awake all the time, to wait for the second coming of Christ. Our "Food for Thought Christmas Special" starts with the delectable Golden Spoon Stickers.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 30


 
【Life Lounge】 Mark Cheung (2)

Mark Cheung, a church musician, will share with us how he discovers his calling to serve in the church with his music.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 30


 
【Spiritual Talk】First Sunday of Advent (Year A) – Fr. Anthony Ho

The season of Advent is just before Christmas and reminds us of Jesus's Second Coming in glory. Today's Sunday reading is from Matthew 24:36-44. In the days of Noah, the people did not know God was about to punish them with a flood, so they continued conducting business, eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. But when the rains came, all but Noah's family perished in the flood. Noah was not resigned to his fate, but was obedient to God and avoided the floods. The coming of the Son of God will also be sudden and many will be frightened, just as a thief comes in the night. And when the master of the house awakens the next morning to find his treasured possessions stolen, how pitiful will that scene be! So we must be vigilant and prepare instead of wasting our time trying to predict when Jesus will come.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 30


 
【Edwin’s blog】November 30, 2019

Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 30


 
Radio broadcast – Full episode (Nov 30, 2019)

【Life Lounge】 Mark Cheung (2) 【Spiritual Talk】First Sunday of Advent (Year A) - Fr. Anthony Ho 【Edwin’s blog】November 30, 2019
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 30


 
Ruins of St. Paul’s, Macau, City of the Name of God

The Ruins of St. Paul's, a landmark of Macau, is a must-go for tourists. The sculptured motifs on this façade incorporate symbols of creation, redemption and salvation. The oriental characteristic is unique among Catholic churches all over the world.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 23


 
Life Lounge – Mark Cheung (1)

Mark Cheung, a church musician, will share with us how he discovers his calling to serve in the church with his music.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 23


 
Fr. Ho talks about the Sixth to Tenth Commandment

The Sixth Commandment is "Thou shalt not commit adultery"; it calls us to purity in word and action. The Seventh Commandment is "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife"; it calls us to purity in thought. Sex is sacred, because it creates life, which is sacred - sex has no place outside the marital covenant. We often treat others as objects to use and fulfill our own desires. A saint once said that it is impossible to dialogue with someone with impure thoughts, for one would lose internal peace. We mustn't only avoid sinning, but also the occasions of sin. Positively, we can receive help from the Sacraments, especially Holy Communion and Confession. Negatively, we should avoid idleness, which can lead us to temptation. The Seventh Commandment is "Thou shalt not steal", the Eight Commandment is "Thou shalt not bear false witness", and the Tenth Commandment is "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods". All three concern justice towards our neighbour's reputation and property. We mustn't gossip or speak carelessly, or else we will steal others' reputations. Lying is usually a venial sin, but becomes a mortal sin once it severely harms another's reputation or leads them to sin.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 23


 
【Edwin’s blog】November 23, 2019

Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 23


 
Radio broadcast – Full episode (Nov 23, 2019)

【Life Lounge】 Mark Cheung (1) 【Spiritual Talk】 Fr. Ho talks about the Sixth and Tenth Commandment 【Edwin’s blog】November 23, 2019
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 23


 
Dream Big, Dream Together: Matteo Ricci The Musical

With limited experience and resources, how did they take the story of Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit missionary, to stage? In April 2019, public performances of Matteo Ricci The Musical were staged at the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. More performances will be staged in Hong Kong in January 2020. Many people, Catholics or non-Catholics alike, have been touched and inspired. What turns the big dream into reality?
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 16


 
Lord, let me see!

Andy is sharing with us his photo book called “Lord, Help Me See!” for evangelization. The book is about how he seek the sound and face of God in nature and some of his enlightenment.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 16


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

The Fifth Commandment is "Thou shalt not kill": we must not needlessly cause or risk the harm or death of ourselves or other people, both physically and spiritually. When we cause another to commit a venial sin or a mortal sin, we cause them spiritual harm and death respectively. Oftentimes, we use people as tools for personal benefit instead of using tools to benefit people. We have no right to destroy human life, because God created us each with an eternal soul - we reflect the glory of God which gives us dignity no matter how weak we are. But when humans are extremely old or young, they are especially vulnerable to abuse - euthanasia in old age and abortion in young age. Western society is losing its respect for human life and becoming a culture of death, but pagan Mexico used to sacrifice humans to their gods and was eventually converted to Catholicism by Mary's apparition at Guadalupe as a pregnant woman.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 16


 
【Edwin’s blog】November 16, 2019

Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 16


 
Radio broadcast – Full episode (Nov 16, 2019)

Lord, let me see! 【Spiritual Talk】 Fr. Ho talks about the Fifth Commandment 【Edwin’s blog】November 16, 2019
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 16


 
20 Years of “Julia Wong and Friends”

Julia and Friends is a group of volunteers based in Toronto. Over the past 20 years, they have been bringing joy to the elderly residents in nursing homes by performing for them. How does Julia Wong, the founder of the group, allow herself to be led by the Holy Spirit to keep serving the elderly?
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 9


 
【Ask Fr. Francis 】 Some people will not be saved?

The question is about a bible passage from the Gospel of Matthew and Mark: "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.” Didn’t Jesus say that His coming is for the salvation of sinners? How come this bible verse seems to be contradictory?
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 9


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

The first Three Commandments concern loving God above all, while the Fourth through Tenth Commandments concern loving one's neighbours as oneself. The Fourth Commandment is "honour your father and mother" - we must love, respect, obey, and help our parents; we must avoid despising, disrespecting, disobeying, and not caring about them. Just as the Church calls us to respect other legitimate authorities placed over us, our parents are representatives of God in the family and He blesses us through them. There are some exceptions to this Commandment, such as when our parents ask us to commit a sin - in these cases, we must not obey for to do so would place them above God. We ought also to help our parents materially and spiritually, such as ensuring they receive the Sacraments before death and praying for them after they have died. Children have a special duty to obedience when they have not become adults yet. But as one becomes an adult, one takes up complete responsibility for their actions and is no longer bound to obey their parents but should still listen to their advice and respect them. Jesus too obeyed His parents for His first thirty years on earth, and then obeyed God the Father in His final three years.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 9


 
【Edwin’s blog】November 9, 2019

Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 9