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Because God Tells Me So, Part 1

In this episode, Lyndon and Jeremy chat about how doing the will of God is REALLY different from what secular society thinks, even what Chinese society thinks. Just being a nice person who works hard to get a good job and raise a good family isn’t enough - there are tons of people already like that outside the Church. We also talk about why God doesn’t just talk to us audibly (that would make things soooo much easier) and why He permitted the Catholic Faith to enter China so late - was He playing favourites?

The song you heard in the intro and outro was “Roll Away Your Stone” and “Awake My Soul”, both by Mumford and Sons, and the song in the middle was “All My Days” by Alexi Murdoch; the transition music was by Broke For Free. If you have any friends and family that you think would like this podcast, please share us with them wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 8


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Revelation from a Memory Loss

Anthony is an electrical engineer from Vancouver. He has always been dedicated to his work, family and God. A few years ago, he suddenly lost his memory. What triggered his memory loss? How did he cope with this setback?
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 30


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That “Earlier Incident”

In this episode, Lyndon talks about the recent suicide at the University of Toronto and reflects on what he sees as the dehumanizing bureaucracy with which our institutions deal with human lives and try to avoid bad publicity (although he might just be plain mistaken … who knows?). He also reflects on practical steps that we as Christians can personally take to revive a civilization of love.

CBC article on the incident: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/university-toronto-suicide-campus-1.5061809

University of Toronto student article on the situation: https://thevarsity.ca/2019/03/18/u-of-t-acknowledges-death-at-bahen-centre-police-deem-incident-non-suspicious/

The song you heard in the intro and outro was “Roll Away Your Stone” and “Awake My Soul”, both by Mumford and Sons, and the song in the middle was “Angel Island” by The Brother Brothers. If you have any friends and family that you think would like this podcast, please share us with them wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 31


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Loving the Giver or the Gifts?

In this episode, Lyndon talks about we tend to mix up our gifts with the person who gave them. Hmm, do I like the video game console that Mom and Dad gave me, or Mom and Dad? How do we get a proper perspective on things and people this Lent?

The song you heard in the intro and outro was “Roll Away Your Stone” and “Awake My Soul”, both by Mumford and Sons, and the song in the middle was “I Feel Fine” by The Beatles and the transition music was by Jahzzar. If you have any friends and family that you think would like this podcast, please share us with them wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 29


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Pray Your Troubles Away

In this episode, Lyndon and Jeremy talk about prayer. The thing that you do while kneeling and saying some memorized words to God? Is it? Well, listen to this episode and hear from a man studying for the Catholic priesthood himself to find out yourself. We’ll be talking about what it means to pray, our personal experience of prayer and some common misconceptions that people have about prayer.

For those of you with bad memory (no worries), here are the four tips that Jeremy gave on prayer:

  1. Personal prayer can look different from the way other people prayer … and that’s ok, but some public prayers (like the Mass) are non-negotiable
  2. Start praying with bits and pieces at a time
  3. Consistently showing up to pray is more important than the quality
  4. If you’re distracted in prayer, let that be your prayer to God

The song you heard in the intro and outro was “Roll Away Your Stone” and “Awake My Soul”, both by Mumford and Sons; the song in the middle was “Oh Daddy” by Fleetwood Mac and the transition music was by Jahzzar. If you have any friends and family that you think would like this podcast, please share us with them wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 27


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The Church of Fakes and Clichés

In this episode, Lyndon talks about how he used to be repulsed by Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular because of the image that he had of faith from the surrounding culture. What happens when humans are made for meaning and purpose in life but don’t find it from their image of Christianity or from the consumerist culture? Does the Church have an adequate response to the messiness of life?

The song you heard in the intro and outro was “Roll Away Your Stone” and “Awake My Soul”, both by Mumford and Sons, and the song in the middle was “Leper Messiah” by Metallica. If you have any friends and family that you think would like this podcast, please share us with them wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 25


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Not Just for Old Grannies

This is the first episode of our new podcast, The Holy Catholic Brew! In this episode, Jeremy and Lyndon talk about how the podcast started, the meaning of the name, who we are, how we met, and how we approached the faith and God.

Throughout the conversation, we mentioned lots of acronymous groups that we joined at one point or another. So you can keep up with them, here’s a handy list:

UTCCC = University of Toronto Chinese Catholic Community: https://utccc.wordpress.com/

St. Agnes Parish = St. Agnes Kouying Tsao Catholic Church: https://stagneskouyingtsao.archtoronto.org/

YOSAC = Youth Of St. Agnes Church: https://stagneskouyingtsao.archtoronto.org/Ministries/youth-ministries/yosac

GT = Ga Tung = Eastern Canada Chinese Catholic Living Camp: https://eccclc.ca/

Newman Centre Toronto: http://www.newmantoronto.com/

The song you heard in the intro and outro was “Roll Away Your Stone” and “Awake My Soul”, both by Mumford and Sons. If you have any friends and family that you think would like this podcast, please share us with them wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 14


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Singing Praise Ep 2 – Oceans

Love and Life first English program - Singing Praise series : Ep2
Publish date: 2019 - 2 - 28


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From Clay To Bronze

Tim Schmalz, a devout Catholic, seeks to convey the truth, goodness and beauty originated from God through his Christian sculptures. Fountain of Grace invited him to share his creative ideas at his studio.
Publish date: 2019 - 2 - 23


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Resolved to Follow Christ

Originally a Toronto-based physician, Jacqueline was drawn closer to God through Opus Dei. As a response to God's calling, Jacqueline set aside her medical profession and went to Rome in order to pursue a degree in theology.
Publish date: 2019 - 1 - 26


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Singing Praise Ep 1 – Lord I Need You

Love and Life first English program - Singing Praise series.
Publish date: 2019 - 1 - 22


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A Gift from a Stranger – Stem Cell Donation

As medical science continues to advance, many diseases that used to be incurable can now be treated with stem cell transplants. It all depends whether those in good health to register as stem cell donors.
Publish date: 2018 - 12 - 8


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Holy Land: The Fifth Gospel

In the eyes of many Christians, being able to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. By leading pilgrimage groups, Stanislaus Lee, a biblical scholar, helps pilgrims rediscover the Bible. Fountain of Grace takes you to the Holy Land.
Publish date: 2018 - 12 - 1


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Working Hard, Working Poor

What is working poverty? The Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs organized a 7-day poverty experiential program in which participants tried to live with a weekly expense in line with a minimum wage earner.
Publish date: 2018 - 11 - 17


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Joyful Servant of the Poor: Fr. Ho Lung

Fr. Richard Ho Lung is a Chinese priest from Jamaica. He is the first Chinese to have founded a religious order. More than three decades ago, together with two other priests who shared his vision, he started living among the poor, ministering to them. Fountain of Grace invited him to share how he founded the Missionaries of the Poor, as well as his spiritual journey of serving the poor.
Publish date: 2018 - 11 - 10


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Where Faith and Art Cross Paths

Irene held her first solo art exhibition in 2017. Behind this exhibition lies a dream that Irene spent ten years to actualize. Through making abstract art, Irene gets closer to God.
Publish date: 2018 - 11 - 3


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Tracing the Roots

Montreal Chinese Catholic School was founded in 1957. Among Chinese schools in Montreal, it has the longest history. Montreal Chinese Catholic Mission, the church which runs the school, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017. Fountain of Grace takes a look at how this church witnessed the change of the lives of Chinese in Montreal over the past century.
Publish date: 2018 - 10 - 13


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Transformed by Faith

You only live once. Is it possible to turn life around after making a terrible mistake? Hawkins, who is in his early 30s, once hit rock bottom in his early years. Through his unwavering faith in God, he has rediscovered his purpose in life.
Publish date: 2018 - 9 - 15


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St. Marguerites and Montreal

Montreal, Canada was very different from what it is now when the city was first founded more than 370 years ago. The cross at Mount Royal reveals the deep Catholic roots of this city. Fountain of Grace takes a look at how two saints, both named Marguerite - St. Marguerite Bourgeoys and St. Marguerite d'Youville - contributed to the early developments of Montreal.
Publish date: 2018 - 9 - 8


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Friends for Life

Entering university is an important milestone for young people. However, it is precisely during this stage of life that many young Catholics leave the faith. Fountain of Grace takes a look at how Joint University Chinese Catholic Community (JUCCC) and Newman Centre at the University of Toronto provides spiritual support to Catholics on campus.
Publish date: 2018 - 8 - 25


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A Hidden Reptile Expert – Fr. Anthony Bogadek

Fr. Anthony Bogadek, a Salesian priest, has dedicated his life to serve in St. Louis School in Hong Kong. His passion for amphibians and reptiles, as well as his humility and conscientiousness has inspired countless students.
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 28


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Pilgrimage of Mercy: Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti

In 55 days, Fr. Carlos Martins and his team brought the major relics of St. Maria Goretti to 54 cities across the United States. They wish that the story of the saint would inspire people to be more merciful.
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 14


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A Lesson about Forgiveness: The Story of St. Maria Goretti

Among the saints canonized by the Catholic Church, St. Maria Goretti is one of the youngest. She was just 11 years old when she died. Maria died of a fatal attack by her neighbour Alessandro, after she refused to submit to his sexual advances. Fountain of Grace's production team followed Fr. Carlos Martins to Maria's former residence to learn about forgiveness from this saint.
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 7


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A Burning Heart for Souls: St. Francis Xavier

In January 2018, a precious relic of St. Francis Xavier - his right forearm which he used to baptize more than 100,000 people - was on tour across Canada. One of the churches even attracted 13,000 people to venerate the relic in one day. Fountain of Grace takes a look at the life of St. Francis Xavier, as well as Catholic Christian Outreach - the group of modern missionaries that organized the relic pilgrimage.
Publish date: 2018 - 6 - 9


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Explorers of Beauty: Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey

Children are naturally more perceptive to faith due to their innocence and humility. As parents accompany their children on their spiritual journey, not only do they draw closer to their children, they are also drawn closer to God. Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE) not only helps kids encounter Jesus, it also provides opportunities for parents to walk alongside their kids on their faith journey.
Publish date: 2018 - 5 - 5