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Posts Tagged ‘freedom’
 

 
Pope Francis: The purified heart is thus the result of a process that implies liberation and renunciation

(CNA) It is the Holy Spirit who leads us away from our sins and towards purity of heart, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.
Publish date: 2020 - 4 - 1


 
Peace in Prison, Interview with Former CE Donald Tsang

Donald Tsang, former chief executive of Hong Kong, charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption in 2015. He was convicted of misconduct in office in February 2017 and was sent to jail immediately. On June 26, 2019, the Court of Final Appeal ruled in favor of him and quashed his conviction and sentence once and for all. Having gone through 7 years of investigation and spending 8 months in jail, what kind of transformation did he undergo while in jail?
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 14


 
Pope Francis: True slaves are those who are unable to love

(CNA/EWTN News) Attachment to sin and vice is a form of interior slavery which inhibits the ability to love, but true freedom is always found in God’s mercy, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.
Publish date: 2018 - 9 - 13


 
The Freedom to Choose Love

我們看過經師和法利塞人如何用不同方法指責耶穌不守法律,但耶穌都能一一駁斥。在今天的福音中,他們進一步指耶穌附魔,而祂驅魔的能力正是來自魔鬼。 耶穌以一個自相紛爭的國家的比喻指出這說法毫不合理。耶穌從附魔的人身上把邪靈驅走,使他們不受魔鬼控制,恢復自由;這種做法怎能出自魔鬼? 耶穌說:「誰若褻瀆了聖神,永遠不得赦免。」(谷 3:29) 這跟天主的慈愛沒有衝突。天主藉著聖神而臨在於這世界,褻瀆聖神的意思是刻意拒絕天主的愛。天主因為愛人類而使人有自由意志,人有權選擇接受或拒絕他的愛。對於那些選擇拒絕的人,是無法得救的。 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: Monday of week 3 of Ordinary Time – Gospel We have read that the scribes and the Pharisees have used different ways to accuse Jesus of violating the law. Jesus was able to rebuke their charges. In today’s Gospel reading, they went further to say He is possessed with […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 27


 
The Parable of the Sower

瑪竇福音 13:1-9 瑪竇福音記載了七個關於「天國的比喻」,今天福音中「撒種」的比喻是第一個。耶穌比喻中那撒種的人,顯然是祂自己。如果撒種的那位是人,他當然無法控制種子會落在何處,但既然撒種的那位是全能的天主,為什麼祂撒的種子不全都落在好地裡? 只要稍為想想,就會發現這其實跟天主賦予人類自由意志有關。如果祂想的話,天主固然可以控制種子只落在好地上,祂甚至可以令整片地都成為土壤肥沃的好地,這樣,祂撒下的所有種子都會結果實。但天主情願給我們自由。沒有自由,就無法作出真正的選擇。縱使能結下果實,若是出於被迫的話,這又有什麼意思? 天主願意我們自由地選擇愛祂,聆聽並實踐祂的誡命。即使有些人最終都會拒絕祂,祂依然會因為愛而尊重他們的選擇。 Matthew 13:1-9 The Gospel of Matthew contains seven parables related to the Kingdom of Heaven. In today’s Gospel, the Parable of the Sower is the first one. In Jesus’ parable, the sower is obviously Himself. If the sower is human, it makes sense that he cannot control where the seed […]
Publish date: 2013 - 7 - 24


 
True Freedom

迦拉達書 5:1,13-18, 路加福音 9:51-62 「自由」二字很容易被用作放縱自己的藉口。我們也許會誤以為能隨心所欲,就是自由,但忘記了為所欲為是要承擔後果。 在樂園中,蛇哄騙女人說,吃知善惡樹上的果子決不會死。(創世紀 3:1-5) 這個魔鬼的詭計,結果令人類的祖先忘卻天主的勸誡,犯了原罪,也透露了人類在遵守天主誡命時的軟弱。「就只此一次吧!」「其實也沒甚麼大不了……」我們很容易給自己不同的理由去明知故犯,要付出代價時才後悔。 不明白的人,會覺得教會的規條是束縛,但真正的束縛,其實是罪。 耶穌對那些信他的猶太人說:「你們如果固守我的話,就確是我的門徒,也會認識真理,而真理必會使你們獲得自由。」聽見的人回答說:「我們是亞巴郎的後裔,從未給任何人做過奴隸;怎麼你說:你們要成為自由的呢?」耶穌答覆說:「我實實在在告訴你們: 凡是犯罪的,就是罪惡的奴隸。」(若望福音 8:31-34) 綑綁我們的罪,可以是外在的金錢、名利、物質或肉體上的享受,也可以是我們內在的邪念、慾望、仇恨,甚至憂慮,它的不同化身,令我們往往身陷其中而不自知,但聽守天主的聖言,能一步一步帶我們走出罪惡,認識真理,享受真正的自由。 聖保祿宗徒也為此忠告信徒:「你們蒙召選,是為得到自由;但不要以這自由,作為放縱肉慾的藉口,但要以愛德,彼此服事。」(迦拉達書 5:13) 為了愛天主,讓我們願意放下自我,接受祂的改造;為了愛近人,讓我們願意放下私心,不被邪惡的思想或行為支配,彼此包容服侍,以愛活出天主兒女的身份。 主耶穌,請讓我們懂得固守祢的話,甘心放下我們本性想追求的一切,為能認清真理,得到那真正的自由。亞孟。 Galatians 5.1, 13-18, Luke 9.51-62 ‘Freedom’ can easily become our excuse to self-indulge. We may think that doing what we want is freedom, but overlook the fact that what we do always comes with consequences. In the Garden […]
Publish date: 2013 - 6 - 30