Posts Tagged ‘Repentance’
 
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Repent or Perish

Repent or perish (Lk 13:5). Jesus meant every word he said.
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 24


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Pope Francis: We are called to face the Evil one through prayer, with God’s help, to overcome him in our daily life

(CNA/EWTN News) Lent is a time to face our temptations and be converted by the Gospel, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on the first Sunday of Lent.
Publish date: 2018 - 2 - 22


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Justification Is Never a Legalistic Endeavor

Justification is not a human pursuit, it’s divine mercy.
Publish date: 2017 - 10 - 1


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It’s All About the Freedom to Choose

Repent and to the Lord's barn we go, harden our hearts and to the unquenchable fire we are thrown.
Publish date: 2016 - 12 - 4


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Repentance

If God wants to save us so bad, and His salvation is free and always there, waiting for us to receive whenever we want, then why are we worried about condemnation to hell? Everyone surely will be saved. Right?
Publish date: 2016 - 10 - 30


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Why would God choose David, such a sinner, adulterer and murderer to be King and why would He plan for Jesus to come from the house of David?

It was David’s repentance that mattered. No sin is too big to be forgiven.
Publish date: 2016 - 6 - 12


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Spiritual Talk Year A 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

On the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Fr. Anthony Ho explains to us Jesus' teaching of fraternal correction in the Gospel of Matthew. We must correct others in the language of love when we point out their erroneous or sinful ways, hoping that they will repent and improve themselves. Fr. Anthony also reminds us the power of prayer and sacrifice when correcting others.
Publish date: 2014 - 9 - 6


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Reproaches to Unrepentant Towns

Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. But […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 15


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Body and Blood of Christ – the cost of the ultimate love

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Jesus offers His life to redeem us, and His immense love for us gives rise to His ardent desire to be in perfect communion with us. He desires to be with us not only spiritually, but physically; not only in heaven, but also on earth. […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 22


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Satan’s four lethal doses of BLINDNESS injections

Fourth Sunday of Lent The sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, has redeemed us from The Fall due to the original sin committed by Adam and Eve as a result of Satan’s first temptation. Throughout the ages, Satan has never stopped His vicious attack to break our restored relationship with our Heavenly Father. […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 30


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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


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Come, children, come… I will give you living water…

Third Sunday of Lent Jesus revealed Himself as Christ for the first time in the Gospel of John, not to a Jew, but to a Samaritan woman. And the woman did not harden her heart but believed in Jesus. She left her water jar behind her and became the first one (or one of the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 23


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The Merciful Father of the Prodigal Son

在這天的福音中,法利塞人及經師們不滿耶穌時常跟罪人在一起。耶穌用浪子的比喻作回應。 耶穌的比喻充分表達出天主的慈悲。一個人再壞也好,只要他願意回頭,誠心向天主懺悔,一定能得到赦免。如有人冒犯我們,我們要記著這人是天主所愛的。我們要向祂祈求恩寵,好使我們有能力寬恕。 比喻中的長子所指的是利塞人及經師們。他們以為守法就能成義,對於做盡壞事的罪人得救,他們覺得不公平。讓我們不要墮下同樣的陷阱。在天主面前,又有誰不需要慈悲呢? In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees and scribes complained that Jesus often spend time with sinners. Jesus responded with the parable of the Prodigal Son. The parable shows that God is absolutely merciful. It does not matter how badly someone sins, he/she will be forgiven so long as their repentance is true. If […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 22


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We are just human…

四旬期第一主日 我們常常不滿足自己作為人類的身份。我們渴望成為更大的、想要成為天主。這正好製造機會讓撒旦操縱我們的生命。 撒旦最擅長用美麗卻帶欺騙性的言語去引誘我們。而在耶穌被魔鬼試探的過程中,魔鬼甚至引用聖經作為陷阱。他誘惑我們透過依賴世間的權力及財富去逃避受苦,促使我們犯罪而最終帶來更大痛苦。當心撒旦的謊言啊!他以恐懼及不安全的感覺來「餵飼」我們,使我們寧願選擇邪惡而放棄擇善,並去牢牢地執著本應棄絕的事物。可是,我們不要輕視撒旦的智慧,以為靠自己可以匹敵。 相反地我們先要接納並擁抱自己的軟弱及無能,學習接納自己只是人。棄絕自我並相信只要我們有天主,我們便擁有所需要的一切。讓我們不要忘記雖然我們的原祖父母不遵守天主給他們唯一需要嚴守的誡命,但是天主仍然繼續深愛他們及所有世人。試問我們還需要有甚麼更好的保證?當我們可以選擇依靠天主的大能時,為什麼我們一定要執著依賴自己渺小的力量呢? 要知道齋戒、祈禱、及施予能幫助我們去依賴全能的天主而非依賴自己。當我們踏入四旬期時,讓我們決心透過謙卑及服從的心去棄絕自我,跟隨基督! First Sunday of Lent We as human are often times not content to be just human. We desire to be bigger, we want to be God. That makes room for Satan to take over our lives. Satan uses beautiful but deceptive words to lure and trap us. During the Temptation […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 9


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Take Up Your Cross Daily

A desire of suffering death for Christ and a mortification of one’s body, and a manful resolution to undergo any danger for Christ, and an indifference towards the present life, this it is to take up one’s cross. Hence it is added, “And let him take up his cross daily.” Our salvation is not in […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 6


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Hundredfold Reward

This which is here said, shall receive a hundredfold, may be understood in a higher sense. This means, that all who have despised temporal things for the sake of the kingdom of heaven through undoubting faith, taste the joy of the same kingdom in this life which is full of persecutions, and in the expectation […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 4


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The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

耶穌稱外邦人為小狗,並說拿兒女的餅扔給小狗是不對的,是指耶穌的救恩是天主早應許給亞巴郎的後裔,即猶太人;所以先給外邦人,是不對的。耶穌對婦人這樣說,其實並非真的拒絕她,而是藉她堅定的信德,鼓勵其他人在祈禱時也要懷有堅定、不容易氣餒的精神。 婦人接受小狗的稱呼,還表示她願留在桌子底下,為吃到孩子們掉下的碎屑;這顯出她對主的信賴,亦因她充滿智慧的回答,耶穌應允了她所祈求的,即魔鬼從她女兒身上出去了。 我們這些罪人,其實也如耶穌口中的小狗,不值得領受天主的麵餅,或參與祂頒下的聖事;可是如果我們能懷著痛悔和謙卑的心,來到主前懇求祂的憐憫,仁慈的天主必定會醫好我們的靈魂,幫助我們脫離邪惡的生活,如祂也為婦人的女兒驅走魔鬼一樣。 (本文以英文為準) Jesus calls the Gentiles dogs, as they were thought wicked by the Jews; and He means by bread the benefit which the Lord promised to the children, that is, to the Jews. The sense therefore is, that it is not right for the Gentiles first to be partakers of the benefit, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 13


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Parable of the Sower

From Flickr © madison.murphy 耶穌來到世上,並非為報復那些不忠信的管家,而是因我們充滿罪惡,無法進入天堂,只能藉著祂才能得救。祂在撒種的比喻中,以種子比喻祂的聖言,土壤比喻人的靈魂;撒種的人就是祂自己。在舊約中,依撒意亞先知曾用葡萄園作類似的比喻(依5);在這裡,耶穌用的是撒種的比喻,來告訴我們接納並服從天主的話,如今已是更容易,也更快能結出果實。 在比喻中,撒種的人沒有區別土壤的種類;同樣,耶穌也沒有區分聆聽祂話語的人,無論是貧窮還是富有,明智還是愚笨,懶惰或是勤勞,勇敢或怯懦的人,祂都一概願意教導。撒出的種子落不到土壤,並非撒種的人的過失,而是土壤本身,亦即是人的靈魂,往往基於不同的原因未能接納這些種子——即天主的聖言和訓導。撒種的人本該明白種子不該撒在荊棘中或石頭地上,可是天主卻從中給我們希望,因只要我們願意悔改,其實荊棘也能被除去,石頭地也可成為好的土壤。 (本文以英文為準) Jesus comes to us because we could not enter heaven, our sins fencing us out from the entrance. And for what purpose? To destroy the ground teeming with thorns? To take vengeance upon the unfaithful stewards? No; but to till and tend it, and to sow the word […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 29


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Spiritual Talk – 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time 2014

In the 3rd Week of Ordinary Time, Fr. Anthony Ho reiterates Jesus Christ's message from the Gospel, preaching the necessity for repentance as God's heavenly kingdom is fast approaching. He also describes the life-long response of the Apostles, who left behind everything to follow Him.
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 25


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Healing in Body and Soul

由於群眾認為在安息日治病有違猶太人的法律,所以他們等到了晚上,才把所有患病和附魔的人帶到耶穌跟前,讓祂醫治。如果把日落比喻為耶穌對人的偉大愛情,那麼確實天越黑,受醫治的人便越多。正如耶穌曾說:「當我在世界上的時候,我是世界的光。」(若9:5)當祂以肉身活著時,祂只能教導和救治一些猶太人;但當祂經歷過在世生命的終結和復活後,祂的臨在卻把信德和救恩傳遍普世。 所有城鎮的人都聚集在耶穌的門前等待祂的醫治;同樣,我們這世代也因為犯了眾多的罪而病了,需要靈性上的救治。能否跨進天國的門,講求人悔改的心和對天主的信德 —— 這二者正是引導我們得到治癒的良方。 (本文以英文為準) Because the multitude thought that it was not lawful to heal on the sabbath day, they waited for the evening, to bring those who were to be healed to Jesus. In a mystical sense, the setting of the sun signifies Jesus’ passion, who had said, “As long as I am […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 15


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The Fall of Jerusalem

The merciful Redeemer wept over the fall of the false city, the fall which the city itself did not know was coming. As it is added, saying, If you had known, even you would weep. You who now rejoice, for you do not know what is at hand. For when Jerusalem gave herself up to […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 21


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The Divine Physician

Observe the gracious kindness of the Savior. The innocent associates with the guilty, the fountain of justice with greed, the source of injustice. Having entered the publican’s house, Jesus is not stained from the mists of avarice, but disperses them by the bright beam of His righteousness. But those who deal with biting words and […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 19


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Always forgive

Now there are two kinds of offenses, of which the one resist the glory of God, but the other serve only to cause a stumbling-block to the brethren. For the inventions of heresies, and every word that is spoken against the truth, are obstructions to the glory of God. Such offenses however do not seem […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 11


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Parable of the Lost Sheep

True justice feels compassion, false justice feels scorn. Although the just rightly repel sinners, one act is followed by the swelling of pride, while the other from the zeal for discipline. For the just, though on the surface they do not spare rebukes for the sake of discipline, they do it out of charity within. […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 7