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Pope Francis: Pride empties prayer and keeps God at a distance

(CNA/EWTN News) One who prays with humility and awareness of his or her sin speaks to God, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, whereas one who prays with arrogance and self-righteousness is speaking to a mirror. “It is not enough to ask ourselves how often we pray,” the Pope said to the thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly general audience. “We must also ask ourselves how we pray, or rather, how our heart is.”
Publish date: 2016 - 6 - 2

Peace that the World cannot Give

One who is presumptuous often imagines that he has gained God’s peace through self-distrust and trust in God when the case is far otherwise. And this will be made clear to you by the way he takes his failures. If, after a fall, you give way to despondency and vexation, and despairingly complain that you […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 20

Born of the Holy Spirit

The expression, “Marvel not,” shows that Nicodemus was surprised at His doctrine. Jesus then makes an example from the motion of the wind; “The wind blows where it lists, and you hear the sound thereof, but can not tell whence it comes, and whither it goes: so is every one that is born of the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 29

Washing of the Disciples’ Feet

Why has Jesus done this now? The Apostles were to enjoy honor in the future. In order then that they may not exalt themselves one above the other, and say as they did before, “Who is the greatest” (Matt 18:1), nor be angry one against the other, He takes down the ambitions of them all, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 17

Jesus and Abraham

猶太人以世俗的想法去思考耶穌的話,所以只能以耶穌肉身的年齡去推斷祂不可能見過亞巴郎。因此他們會問:「你還沒有五十歲,就見過亞巴郎嗎?」 耶穌試圖向他們解釋祂和天父的關係和祂的天主性,以及回答他們說:「我實實在在告訴你們:在亞巴郎出現以前,我就有。」「以前」,是過去式;「就有」,是現在式,因為祂的天主性沒有分過去或以後,而是永恆存在的。正如天主曾向梅瑟說:「我是自有者。」(出3:14) 可惜猶太人的不信,令他們無法理解天主永恆存在的本質,更令他們想消滅祂。耶穌身為天主,本可把這些想用石頭投向祂的人立刻處死,但天主總是緩於處罰人,反而自己隱沒了。這給我們顯示誰若鄙視祂的話,真理便會從他面前隱沒。所以我們必須以謙卑的態度來迎接主的話,不要因為驕傲或憤怒而抵抗天主的教導。 (本文以英文為準) The worldly minds of the Jews are intent on the flesh only; they think only of Jesus’ age in the flesh: “Then said the Jews to Him, you are not fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” that is to say, “Many ages have passed since Abraham died; and how […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 10

Our Prejudices Shut Jesus Out

在這兩天的福音中,我們都讀到群眾為耶穌的身份起了紛爭。有人憑耶穌的言行認定祂是默西亞,而另一些人一口斷定耶穌不可能是默西亞,因為祂來自加里肋亞,他們認為耶穌不可能是經上所載,那位出自達味的默西亞。 曾來到過耶穌那裏的法利塞人尼苛德摩提出該先聽聽耶穌的話,和查明祂做過的事。他的提議聽起來十分合理,但司祭長和法利塞人完全聽不進去,他們的耳目早被自以為是和偏見封閉了。 如果我們誠實的面對自己,就會發現我們對某些人和事都有很多偏見。耶穌本可以透過很多人去跟我們溝通。當我們埋怨天主為何不回應我們的禱告時,也許我們應該先反省:我的偏見有否把耶穌關在門外? 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: Saturday of week 4 of Lent – Gospel In today’s and yesterday’s Gospel readings, we read that the crowd was in dispute over Jesus’ identity. Some said that Jesus must be the Messiah, whereas others said he could not possibly be the Messiah since He came from Galilee. They thought that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 5

The one who humbles himself will be exalted

在這天的福音,耶穌透過比喻,給我們看到兩種截然不同的祈禱。 法利塞人在祈禱中充分展示出他的自滿,他自以為義,看不起同在聖殿裡的稅吏。他的祈禱根本稱不上是祈禱。不論在何時,祈禱都應以天主為中心。這位法利塞人不過是在聖殿裡稱讚自己罷了,他根本不在乎天主。 那稅吏之所以成了正義的,是因為他深深明白自己是罪人,只能靠天主的慈悲和憐憫才能得救。 不管我們做有多少愛德的工作,每天花多少時間祈禱,在天主面前,我們跟那稅吏一樣,都是罪人,同樣要靠天主的仁慈才可得救。 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: Saturday of week 3 of Lent – Gospel In today’s Gospel, we see two distinct ways of praying. The Pharisee is self-righteous and full of arrogance. He is contemptuous of the tax collector who is also in the temple. His prayer does not really count since it is no more […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 29

Spiritual Talk – 1st Sunday of Lent 2014

On the 1st Sunday of Lent, Fr. Anthony Ho takes an in-depth look at Satan's 3 Temptations of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus overcame the devil's temptations and set a good example for us to follow, blessing us with the grace we need to fight the devil. These 3 temptations are actually still very relevant and real to us today in our daily lives. They are pleasure (or desires), power and pride. We must rely on God's help in order to avoid or defeat these many forms of temptations in our lives.
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 8

He must increase, I must decrease

若翰洗者說:「祂應該興盛,我卻應該衰微。」這話是甚麼意思?天主應該不會興盛或衰微。因為如果祂會興盛,祂就不是完美;如果祂會衰微,祂就不是天主。其實耶穌和若翰已以自己的生命證明這句話:若翰卑微地被處死;耶穌被高舉在十字架上,雖然也死得卑微,但卻令天主受到永遠的高舉和光榮。 主耶穌降生成人,令只會光榮自己的人學祂一樣謙遜,並透過悔改,把光榮歸於天主。所以「祂應該興盛,我卻應該衰微」這說話也能用在我們自己身上,因為透過我們棄絕罪過、以痛悔的心祈求天主的原諒,把自己的驕傲和虛榮放下,那麼天主的慈愛和臨在才會逐漸在我們生命中彰顯,同時透過我們的轉化和見證,令天主受到光榮。 (本文以英文為準) “He must increase, but I must decrease.” What does this mean? God neither increases nor decreases. For if He increases, He is not perfect; if He decreases, He is not God. This is a great mystery! Before the Lord Jesus came, men were glorifying themselves; the Word came as a man, to […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 11

He Who Humbles Himself will be Exalted

在這主日的福音中,我們從耶穌比喻裡的法利塞人和稅吏身上,看見兩個不同和極端的例子。二人顯著的對比給我們一個良好的訓示,就是我們應該仿效稅吏,而非法利塞人的壞榜樣。法利塞人的「祈禱」完全集中在他自己身上,是個典型驕傲的人。他向自己列出對「其他人」包括對那個稅吏的控罪,然後吹噓自己的善行。 正如聖多瑪斯‧阿奎納在《論文》中提出,驕傲是「所有罪孽的開始」;它是七罪宗之首,只有謙遜的美德才可與之抗衡。由驕傲所推動的義德並沒有價值。它把人陷入地獄深處,而非提升到天堂。它導致人高舉自己並背棄上主。謙遜卻能高舉我們到成為天主兒女的神聖領域。 聖保祿提醒我們該「事事感謝」(得前5:18),舊約聖經則告誡人不該出言詆毀別人(德21:31),耶穌也教導我們不要定別人的罪(路6:37)。那個稅吏與法利塞人相反,願意痛悔己過,祈求天主的憐憫,這與舊約聖經的教導也互相呼應:「天主,你不輕看痛悔和謙卑的赤心。」(詠51:19) 稅吏的禱告自謙自卑,並重視天主永恆的憐憫,所以他能透過與天主和好,修補他因犯罪而導致他和天主關係中的裂痕。天主無法幫助不肯悔改也不求寬恕的人,所以這篇福音教我們要以稅吏的態度為榜樣。 「因為凡高舉自己的,必被貶抑;凡貶抑自己的,必被高舉。 」(路18:14) 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: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, Summa Theologica(SS.Q162.A7-8), Catena Aurea on Luke 18 In this Sunday’s gospel reading, we are presented with two very polarising figures in the Pharisee and the tax collector. They are strikingly contrasted against each other to illustrate the good role model […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 27

Whoever humbles himself will be exalted

在今天的福音中,耶穌到了法利塞人家中吃飯。那天是安息日,他們細心觀察耶穌會否做些甚麼,讓他們找到逮捕祂的理由。在新約中,基督徒一起聚餐本來應該充滿喜樂,是一個共融的時刻。但在這個宴會裡,被邀請的人忙著爭坐首席,人們互相視對方為敵人。 耶穌留意到這情況,便以說比喻的方式教導他們。祂警告爭取上座這種行動也許帶來不能預期的消極後果,因為可能有身份地位更高的客人會來到,主人將因而要求這些原本爭得上座的人讓位,他們便會因自己的行動而導致公開的蒙羞。 接著耶穌說明受邀者先尋求末位的好處,他們不僅可避免不必要的羞辱,而且主人更會在必要的情況下,親自前來請他們登上高位,他們便可因此而得到光彩。最後耶穌提出一個顛覆世俗價值觀的結論,這個價值觀是天主的價值觀:「凡自高自大的必被貶抑,凡自謙自卑的必被高舉。」(路加福音 18:14) 耶穌也教導人們在邀請客人時所應有的態度。在當時的社會,受邀的客人們會透過回請而報答主人,主人因而失去得到更多、更大報酬的機會。耶穌建議人應該邀請無法回請的人參與宴會,因為他們將得到天主的賞報。這是耶穌對義人的許諾。 參考: 受邀者與邀請者的正確態度 In today’s Gospel, Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the Pharisees on a Sabbath day. The Pharisees watched Him closely to see if they could accuse Him. In the New Testament, the meals that Christians share are supposed to be moments of […]
Publish date: 2013 - 8 - 31

Pharisaical Pride

今天的福音記載了耶穌指責經師和法利塞人「七禍哉」中的第六和第七禍哉。 耶穌說:「你們好像用石灰刷白的墳墓:外面看來華麗,裏面卻滿是死者的骨骸和各樣的污穢。」由於地勢的關係,在以色列是比較難開發墳墓,當時的人會把屍體安放在山洞或從岩石鑿出的洞內,並用一塊大石堵住洞口。當屍體腐化到只剩下骨頭時,人們會把骨頭放在骨罐內,讓出墳墓給另一家人使用。按猶太人的法律,踏入墓地會使人不潔,不潔的人不能進入聖殿。為了方便辨認那個山洞內有屍體,人們會把葬了人的山洞刷白,以免人誤闖墳墓而變得不潔。 耶穌如此形容經師和法利塞人,因為他們往往忙於營造出一個完美的外表,連最微小的細節都顧慮到,但他們的心卻被傲慢和仇恨佔據,有如外表潔白但內藏腐屍的墳墓一樣。耶穌也說過一個比喻,提及法利塞人和稅吏在聖殿祈禱,法利塞人自以為優勝。法利塞人最大的罪過是他們的盲目,他們完全看不見自己的真正面貌。我們所有人都有可能犯同樣錯誤。 耶穌也譴責他們為修建先知和義人的墳墓而自豪,並自以為他們決不會像他們的祖先般謀害先知。事實上,經師和法利塞人正在計劃殺害先知中的先知——耶穌。在今天福音的最後一句,耶穌這樣預告將要發生在祂身上的事:「那麼,你們就來完成你們祖先的勾當吧!」 當我們愈對信仰認真,愈希望我們的行為能乎合信仰的要求,我們就愈容易墮入同一個陷阱,把自己看得比我們看不起,甚至我們攻擊的人為高。願天主聖神光照我們,千萬別墮下這陷阱。 In today’s Gospel, we read the last two of the seven “Woes” which Jesus said of the Pharisees and scribes. Jesus said: “You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.” Given Israel’s rocky landscape, […]
Publish date: 2013 - 8 - 27