Posts Tagged ‘Sacrament of Confirmation’
 

 
Pope Francis: Everyone, each person has their role in the Church, but we are all the Church

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis Wednesday said that the sacrament of Confirmation is a gift meant to be shared with other people, both inside and outside of the Church, which he stressed is not only the hierarchy, but is made up of all baptized faithful.
Publish date: 2018 - 6 - 7


 
Pope Francis: The Spirit is the author of diversity, but at the same time the creator of unity

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis said Wednesday that confirmation is the sacrament in which Catholics are marked with a seal that solidifies their belonging to Christ through the Holy Spirit, who he said is God's invisible gift to each person who receives the sacrament.
Publish date: 2018 - 5 - 31


 
Pope Francis: Christian witness consists in doing what the Holy Spirit asks of us, granting us the strength to do it

(CNA/EWTN News) The Holy Spirit helps Catholics to do good works by giving them the gifts they need to be effective ‘salt and light’ in the world, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. Like Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world,” the pope said […]
Publish date: 2018 - 5 - 24


 
Pope Francis: Confirmation grants us a strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith

(Vatican Radio) During his general audience on January 29, Pope Francis reflected on the sacrament of confirmation, explaining that it is “linked inseparably to Baptism”. He urged families to ensure their children receive the sacrament of Confirmation, without which, he stressed, they’ve only come “half-way.” Through our anointing with the sacred chrism, Confirmation strengthens and […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 29


 
Joyfully Proclaiming the Good News

將臨期第三主日甲年讀經 傳統上,將臨期第三主日又稱為「喜樂主日」(Gaudete Sunday);Gaudete是拉丁文,意即「喜樂」。依撒意亞先知以大地復甦茂盛、眾人康泰健强來描述以色列將獲得拯救後的情形。以色列因亞述入侵而滅亡,以色列人被迫四處流徙,但堅信上主必會解救他們,帶領他們回到國土。第二篇讀經中,雅各伯勸勉基督徒團體要忍耐,信賴上主必會能人所不能。因宣講上主話語而受苦的先知,正好是基督徒面對困難和迫害時的借鏡。今天的福音,着重默西亞的慈愛特質:衪使瞎子看見、瘸子行走、癩病者得潔淨、聾子聽見、死人復活,又把喜訊帶給窮人。經文接着論及洗者若翰,他是最後一位先知,為耶穌的來臨鋪路。我們基督徒經聖洗聖事進入「天主的國度」,在分享這些先知的神恩時,的確充滿驚訝喜樂。 今日的三篇讀經的意義,都表明天主教教義重視先知神恩。若翰洗者是舊約時代最後的偉大先知,他喚召眾人悔改,並指出通往默西亞 – 耶穌 – 的路。伯多祿宣稱:說預言的神恩,是天主聖神在五旬節那天傾注在門徒身上的(宗 2:14–21)。保祿也認為先知是聖神的恩賜,並指示格林多人應怎樣善用這神恩(格前 14:29–33)。所有基督徒領洗時,都分享基督的司祭、先知和君王三職:「天主的聖民也享有基督的先知任務,特別以信德愛德的生活,到處為基督作活的見證。又向天主奉獻讚頌的祭品,就是奉獻一切歌頌主名的唇舌之成果…」(《教會》教義憲章 第12條)。 作為領受了堅振後的基督徒, 「它賦予我們聖神的特別力量,為能傳播及維護信仰,以言以行作耶穌的証人,且勇於承認基督之名,絕不以十字架為一樁羞恥的事。」(天主教教理 1303) 。保祿宗徒也勸告我們: 「你們但要在心內尊崇基督為主;若有人詢問你們心中所懷希望的理由,你們要時常準備答覆,且要以溫和、以敬畏之心答覆,保持純潔的良心,好使那些誣告你們在基督內有良好品行的人,在他們誹謗你們的事上,感到羞愧。」(伯多祿前書 3:15-16) 「…也不要因為在你們中,有試探你們的烈火而驚異,好像遭遇了一件新奇的事;反而要喜歡,因為分受了基督的苦難,這樣好使你們在他光榮顯現的時候,也能歡喜踴躍。如果你們為了基督的名字,受人辱罵,便是有福的,因為光榮的神,即天主的神,就安息在你們身上。」(伯多祿前書 4:12-14) 求主賜給我們一顆和平的心,無論有萬般困難也好,能夠抱著一份喜樂和關懷的心情來共同宣揚耶穌基督的佳音。 這篇默想是以 Foundations in Faith – Catechist Catechumenate Manual 為根據,並獲得版權持有人 RCL Benziger, LLC 批准使用。 Third Sunday of Advent (Liturgical Year A) This third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word […]
Publish date: 2013 - 12 - 15