Posts Tagged ‘Saints’
 

 
The Better Part

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 29


 
Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles St. Irenaeus, a 2nd century Church Father, had this to say about the church of Rome: “the very great, the very ancient and universally known church founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul.” He added: “with this church, by reason of […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 29


 
Pope Francis: John XXIII and John Paul II were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus

(CNA) At the canonization Mass for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on Divine Mercy Sunday (April 27), Pope Francis emphasized the importance of Christ’s suffering as a visible sign of divine love. “The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 1


 
Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot

Anthony was born into a wealthy Christian family in Egypt. When he was twenty, his father and mother died and he was left alone with one little sister. Pondering over how the Apostles left all and followed the Saviour (Mt. 4:20) he entered the church one day, and it happened the Gospel was being read, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 17


 
Feast of the Holy Innocents

耶穌聖嬰獲得了賢士的尊崇,並非基於祂肉身的力量,而是出於祂神聖的恩寵。這令當時為王的黑落德大發忿怒,並且害怕自己的皇位受到威脅,於是命令人將白冷和其境內所有兩歲及以下的嬰兒殺死,令無數跟救主耶穌同年齡的嬰兒枉死;只是黑落德不知道,這些代耶穌死去的嬰兒,卻成了天國一隊身披白袍的烈士。 主耶穌願意代罪人犧牲,並賞報跟隨祂的人,那何況是代祂而死的無辜嬰孩?在天主眼中這些純潔的生命何等珍貴! 祂雖然沒有令這些嬰孩倖免於難,但卻會在天上冠他們為聖,因他們正正是首批為了救主耶穌而犧牲的殉道者。 (本文以英文為準) When the infant Jesus had conquered the Magi, not by the might of His flesh, but the grace of His Spirit, Herod was exceeding wroth, that they whom he had no power to move, were obedient to an Infant lying in a manger. Then by their contempt of him the Magi […]
Publish date: 2013 - 12 - 28


 
St. Andrew

每年的11月30日是宗徒聖安德肋的慶日,他是西滿伯多祿的兄弟,原是一個漁夫。在今天的福音中,當他和伯多祿一聽見耶穌的召叫,便放下網,跟隨了祂,後來被耶穌揀選為十二宗徒的一個。 根據若望福音,安德肋先是若翰洗者的門徒,聽了若翰的話而跟隨了耶穌,然後他去對弟弟西滿說:「我們找到了默西亞。」──意即基督。(若1:40-41) 從這兩個簡單的事蹟,我們可以看見安德肋是一個有信德、坐言起行的人。因為他無論是基於若翰洗者的話,還是因為耶穌親自的召叫,他都願意相信、並立刻作出行動。漁網是漁夫必備的工具,所以「立刻捨下網,跟隨了祂」這個動作,證明安德肋願意放下一切,包括生活的倚靠,毅然跟隨耶穌,即使當時可能他根本不明白耶穌說「我要使你們成為漁人的漁夫」這句話,是甚麼意思。 安德肋也具福音傳播者的特質,值得我們學習。因為在若望福音中,當他跟隨了耶穌後,他便去找自己的弟弟西滿,介紹耶穌給他,然後領他到耶穌跟前。正如在致羅馬人的書信中,聖保祿宗徒說:「信仰是出於報道,報道是出於基督的命令。」(羅10:17) 如果沒有人像安德肋或其他宗徒一樣,放下一切成為耶穌的門徒,為祂作證,天主的福音便不會被傳揚;天主的福音不被傳揚,其他人又怎相信呢? 你有義無反顧地跟隨主耶穌基督嗎?你有勇於為主作證,介紹耶穌給身邊的人嗎? 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, 聖安德肋宗徒(慶日). November 30th is the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle. He was the brother of Simon Peter, and also a fisherman. In today’s gospel reading, when Jesus called Andrew and Simon Peter to follow Him, they left their […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 30


 
Pope Francis: The Communion of Saints is the deepest reality of the Church

(CNA/EWTN News) In his general audience Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Creed, stressing the centrality of the Communion of Saints in the faith and how that communion embraces and purifies the Church. He noted that the Communion of Saints has two different yet related meanings – the first being a communion in “holy […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 31


 
Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist

St. Luke, being by nature of a noble and ardent mind, acquired in his youth the learning of the Greeks. He made himself perfectly acquainted with Grammar and Poetry, as well as complete mastery of the art of rhetoric and the power of persuasion. Nor was he surpassed by any one in the gifts of […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 18


 
Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi

Our Lord warns us that they who have refused to follow the Gospel will meet with a heavier punishment than those who have chosen to break God’s natural law. Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, Tiberias which John also mentions, are cities of Galilee situated on the shore of the lake of Gennesaret, which is called by […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 4


 
Pope Francis: the corrupt harm the Church; the saints are a light for all

(生命恩泉文摘編輯小組翻譯)教宗方濟各於週一早上的彌撒講道中談及三種人:罪人、墮落的人和聖人。 教宗問:「當我們想做葡萄園的主人時,會發生什麼事情?」 他以福音中惡園戶的比喻開始講道。講道圍繞以上三種人。教宗不認為需要就罪人說太多,因為我們所有人都是罪人。他補充:「我們知道罪人是什麼樣子。如果任何人不這樣覺得,他應該跟一位神師談談,因為這是不尋常的。」惡園戶的比喻讓我們看到另一種人,那種「想把葡萄園據為己有,完全抹殺了和園主的關係」。葡萄園的主人「以愛召喚我們,保護我們,更給我們自由」。那些佔有葡萄園的人「以為自己很強,以為自己不需要天主」。 「這些人慢慢由這自主滑下,就是那種自覺不需要天主的心態:『我們不需要那主人,他不該來騷擾我們!』這就是墮落的人。這就是和我們罪人一樣,但更進一步,彷彿他們已堅固的在罪惡中:他們不需要天主!但這不過是幻象,因為在他們跟天主的關係已刻在基因裡。由於他們不能否定這個關係,他們做了一個特別的神:他們自己就是神。他們墮落。」 「這為我們也是一個危機。在基督徒團體中,墮落的人只顧自己那一群。…他們只顧自己。」 「猶達斯是第一個: 由一個貪心的罪人,到最終墮落。那條自主的道路是危險的: 墮落的人十分健忘,忘記了天主以建立了葡萄園!他們變成自我崇拜。在基督徒團體,墮落的人多壞!求天主帶領我們不要滑落這墮落的道路。」 教宗也談及聖人,紀念今天是真福若望二十三世逝世五十年的日子,他是「聖善的典範」。教宗就今天的福音補充,聖人就是那些去收租的人。「他們知道天主對他們的期望,但他們一定去做,盡他們的職責。」 「聖人就是那些服從天主的人,那些崇拜天主的人,那些沒有忘記天主以愛建立了葡萄園: 那就是教會的聖人。墮落的人危害教會,聖人則造福教會。…天主的聖言形容聖人像明燈,『他們為在寶座前崇拜』。今天,我們求天主賜恩寵,讓我們明白我們是罪人。求賜恩寵不要墮落: 是罪人,但不墮落! 也賜恩寵在成聖的道路行走。」 資料來源 Source: Pope Francis: the corrupt harm the Church; the saints are a light for all
Publish date: 2013 - 6 - 3


 
Whatever you ask in my name

John 16:20-23 Jesus shows that sorrow brings forth joy, short sorrow infinite joy, by an example from nature: A woman when she is in labour has sorrow, because her hour is come; but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a child is born […]
Publish date: 2013 - 5 - 10


 
Depend on Jesus

若望福音 15:1-8 在今天的福音中,耶穌說:「正如枝條若不留在葡萄樹上,憑自己不能結實;你們若不住在我內,也一無所能。」現代社會鼓吹個人主義,各方面都在訓練我們要獨立,不要倚賴他人。事實是任我們再獨立,如果我們不和耶穌保持親密的關係,我們什麼也做不了。一些人認為倚賴人是無能的表現,那便讓我們倚賴天主子耶穌吧,祂願意我們依靠祂。 五月一日是大聖若瑟勞工主保瞻禮,教宗庇護十二世在1955年宣布5月1日為大聖若瑟模範工人節(五月一日亦是國際勞動節)。大聖若瑟自食其力,用勞動的雙手養活他的家庭。人而天主的吾主耶穌向他學習木匠手藝。聖若瑟確是勞動階級最理想的主保。在這天,讓我們也為香港碼頭工人祈禱,望他們能早日得到合理待遇。 五月一日也是聖貝勒格靈的慶日。他是癌症、足疾或無法治愈病痛患者之主保聖人。讓我們特別在他的慶日為患癌病的兄弟姊妹請他轉求。 John 15:1-8 In today’s gospel, Jesus said: “Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.” Our culture encourages individualism. We are trained to become independent in many aspects of our lives. The fact is, […]
Publish date: 2013 - 5 - 1


 
Feast of St. Mark

今天的福音中耶穌說凡信福音的人必有奇蹟相隨。我們可能會問:我一向也信福音,何以我未曾見過耶穌所說如此「戲劇性」的奇蹟? 但我們要留意福音也這樣說:「他們出去,到處宣講,主與他們合作,並以奇蹟相隨,證實所傳的道理」。(馬爾谷福音 16:20)天主施奇蹟是為協助我們宣講福音,我們要先對祂有足夠的信德,再出外宣講,祂自會在適當的時候與我們「合作」,讓他人看到連我們也未必意識到的奇蹟。 今天是聖馬爾谷的慶日,讓我們「往普天下去,向一切受造物宣傳福音」(馬爾谷福音 16:15)。 In today’s gospel, Jesus said that “signs will accompany those who believe”. We might ask: I have always believed, why haven’t I seen any of the “dramatic” signs that Jesus spoke of? We see that the gospel also says: “They went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with […]
Publish date: 2013 - 4 - 25


 
Order of Friars Minor

~何庭耀神父 Fr. Anthony Ho 聖方濟生於公元1182年,二十二歲在聖達彌盎堂祈禱時,聽到聲音說:「方濟各,去,重建我的居所。」於是,方濟著手修葺所有殘破的聖堂。 有一位商人和主教座堂議員加入方濟的隱士生活,這就是後來方濟會的雛形,他們勞動及以募捐維生,清貧渡日,自稱「小兄弟」。 聖方濟接受執事聖職,使他可以宣講福音;但由於敬畏聖體,謙遜之心令他認為自己不堪當領受鐸品聖職。 聖方濟專程到達羅馬,請求教宗英諾桑三世批准方濟會的成立。由於當時方濟會內的嚴竣克己,被外界質疑似是異端組織,因此,聖方濟此舉成功渺茫。誰知教宗夢得方濟肩負聖若望拉特朗大殿,所以特意批准方濟會的成立。 公元1224年九月,方濟領受了耶穌五傷。聖人喜愛大自然,常藉大自然讚美天主,此情在他的「朝陽頌讚」的讚美詩中,表露無遺。 聖方濟於公元1226年逝世,兩年後被教廷宣聖。 聖女嘉蘭是聖方濟忠實的追隨者。年僅十八,乘夜離家出走,在聖方濟及其同伴見證下,委身事主。不久,她的妹妹依搦斯加入,甚至她母親和一些貴族婦女爭相追隨,組織成為嘉蘭女隱修會,她們長期齋戒靜修,嚴守神貧。聖嘉蘭死於1253年。 聖安多尼在1220年成為方濟會會士;在他生命最後十年,在意大利和法國宣講真理。他是一位極受歡迎的講道者,並具有顯奇蹟的特恩。 St. Francis of Assisi was born in 1182. At the age of twenty-two, while praying at St. Damian’s church, Francis heard a voice saying, “Francis, go and rebuild My House”. He started to repair neglected churches. Francis lived as a hermit. Later a […]
Publish date: 2013 - 4 - 19


 
Pray and Seek God’s Will

今天讀經一講述掃祿在前往大馬士革的途中,耶穌在異象中問他為何迫害祂,之後他睜開眼,卻什麼也看不見了。耶穌再在另一個異象叫阿納尼雅去找掃祿,阿納尼雅起初不明白為何耶穌要他去找這個「作了許多壞事」的人,但經耶穌的解釋後,他就聽從祂的吩咐去找掃祿,使他復明。 天主有時也會叫我們做些看似毫不合理的事情,我們要祈禱尋求祂的聖意,若真的是祂的旨意,我們便要遵行。 Today’s first reading is about Jesus asking Saul in a vision why did he persecute Him. But when Saul opened his eyes, he could not see anything. In another vision, Jesus said to Ananias that he should go look for Saul. Ananias did not really understand why Jesus wanted him to look for […]
Publish date: 2013 - 4 - 19


 
St. Stephen’s Choice

今天的讀經一講述聖斯德望被解送到公議會,並被假見證所攻擊。我們都知道他最終被亂石砸死,讓我們反省:如果要為真理作證的代價是這麼大,我們會否效法聖斯德望,寧死不屈呢? Today’s first reading is St. Stephen being brought before the Sanhedrin, and people attacked him with false testimonies. We all know that in the end he got stoned to death. Let us all ask ourselves: If we have to pay such a high price in order to testify to the Truth, will we follow […]
Publish date: 2013 - 4 - 15