Posts Tagged ‘sin’
 
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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


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Pope Francis: God’s dream is unity

(CNA/EWTN News) Divorce and separation may be common, but the model families should strive after is unity, and people should not forget those husbands and wives who, even amid difficulties, continue to be faithful, Pope Francis said Wednesday.
Publish date: 2018 - 8 - 29


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Pope Francis: When we deal with our weakness and sins, it opens our hearts to invoke the divine mercy that transforms and converts

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis emphasized how sin breaks our relationship with God and with our community, which is why at the beginning of every Mass we pause to recognize our sinfulness and ask for forgiveness.
Publish date: 2018 - 1 - 3


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Proper Wedding Garments

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying, “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 21


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Thy Kingdom Come

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 19


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Anger and Sin

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 12


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Judas’ Betrayal

Our Lord then said to Judas, “That which you do, do quickly,” and the traitor this once obeyed his Master. For having received the sop, he started immediately on his work: “He then having received the sop, went immediately out.” And indeed he did go out, not only from the house in which he was, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 15


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Jesus Christ, our God eternal

Our Lord expresses His meaning from today’s Gospel in the words, “You are of this world,” that is, you are sinners. All of us are born in sin; all have added by our actions to the sin in which we were born. The misery of the Jews then was, not that they had sin, but […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 8


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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 Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

如好鏡子會反映對面的影像,天主正義的審判也將會反映我們的作為。在耶穌的比喻中,富翁沒有憐憫躺臥在他大門前的乞丐,所以當他渴求憐憫時,也沒有得到應允。在比喻中,這富翁揀選了世上的幸福,天天奢華地宴樂,乞丐拉匝祿卻受盡了苦;於是拉匝祿死後得到安慰,富翁死後卻要受苦。 可能許多人會問,有沒有人能在這一世和永生中都能脫免苦難?相信即使不是不可能,也是很難的事,因為從亞當犯了罪開始,人的一切勞動、貧困、悲傷和疾病等等的苦,都是罪的刑罰。即使人想脫離罪惡,每天要克服自己的慾望、憤怒、虛榮、驕傲等等,在靈性和肉體上都是痛苦的鬥爭,但如不背起自己的十字架,又怎能跟隨耶穌並且得救? (本文以英文為準) As the best mirrors represents an image of the face opposite to it, so also is the just judgment of God adapted to our dispositions. Where the rich man because he did not pity the poor as Lazarus lay at his gate, is not heard when he needs mercy for himself. All […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 20


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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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Cut it off!

Because the Lord had taught us not to offend those who believe in Him, He then warns us how much we should beware of those who offend us, that is, who by their words or conduct strive to drag us into the damnation of sin; wherefore He says, “And if your hand offend you, cut […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 27


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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


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A New Man

Like last Sunday’s Gospel reading, today’s Gospel once again centers on the actions of a tax collector. And like last week, we once again witness God’s grace and blessings through the redemption of sin in his infinite mercy. As a tax collector, Zacchaeus is publicly despised for collaborating with the Roman ruling elite and for […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 3


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The Grain of Wheat that Falls to the Ground

在今天的福音中,耶穌用了一粒麥子來自喻。要結出子粒,麥子一定要先落在地裡死了。耶穌用說這個大自然的比喻是要令當時的人明白,種子必需被埋在泥土裡死了,才能結出新生命。基督以此指向自己必需受難,死而埋葬,第三日從死者中復活。 耶穌說:「愛惜自己性命的,必要喪失性命;在現世憎恨自己性命的,必要保存性命入於永生。」如果我們要得到耶穌帶給我們的新生命,我們必需棄絕舊我。藉著聖洗聖事,並不斷在每天棄絕罪惡,我們才能在基督內成為一個新人。 今天是追思已亡節,教會在十一月二日特別紀念一切已亡的基督徒。讓我們在煉靈月多為亡者的靈魂祈禱。 In today’s Gospel, Jesus told a parable of the grain of wheat. In order for a grain of wheat to produce fruits, it must fall to the ground and die. Jesus told this parable about the nature of seeds to help people understand. Seeds cannot produce new life by themselves. They must […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 2


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Proclaim Jesus is Lord

為了準備門徒去面對將來的迫害,耶穌在兩方面安慰和鼓勵他們:只要他們在人前承認祂,祂將來也要在天主的使者前承認他們;當他們受審時,聖神自會教他們應說的話。 得到這樣的承諾,門徒們該很安心,但其實真要面對時,實在一點都不容易。回顧被耶穌揀選為教會磐石、並說過決不會跌倒的伯多祿,都曾三次否認耶穌,我們就可想像,在面對迫害時仍然勇於宣認耶穌基督是主,可以有多困難。 耶穌也提醒我們,出言干犯祂的人,可獲得赦免,可是為何褻瀆聖神,卻不能獲得赦免呢?一般的罪,都是出於人的軟弱,所以伯多祿雖然否認過耶穌,但他願意悔改,也就得到天主的寬恕。出言干犯耶穌,也是基於祂的人性,例如說耶穌是貪吃嗜酒的人,或批評祂是稅吏和罪人的朋友(瑪11:19),這也可以被寬恕。可是「褻瀆聖神」,卻是一個褻瀆天主的罪,故意違背良知和真理;就如法利塞人漠視顯而易見的事實,心硬地批評耶穌驅魔,是仗賴魔王貝爾則布(瑪12:24),這樣違背良心地褻瀆耶穌的天主性,是把自己置於不能接受天主的原諒和恩寵的境況中。 在這世代,我們較少機會遭受肉體上的迫害,但要公然宣認耶穌是我們的救主,並生活出基督徒的身份和價值觀,也難免會受到批評、譏笑或歧視。當我們遇上這些情況時,讓我們祈求天主給我們勇氣和耐心,堅守對基督的信仰,繼續以言行為主作證。 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, 常年期第二十八週星期六. To prepare His disciples for the persecutions that is to come, Jesus consoled and encouraged them in two ways: He promised as long as they acknowledge Him before others, He will acknowledge them before the angels of God; when they are […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 19


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Denunciation of the Pharisees and Scholars of the Law

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reproves the arrogance of the boasting Jews in seeking the preeminence: for it follows, “Woe to you, Pharisees, for you love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, etc.” By means of those things for which He blames us He makes us better. For He would have us be free from ambition, […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 16


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The Cleanliness Within

Christ, knowing the wickedness of those Pharisees, Himself purposely condescends to be occupied in admonishing them, after the manner of the best physicians, who bring remedies of their own making to those who are dangerously ill. But what gave occasion for the words of Christ was, that the ignorant Pharisees were offended, that while men […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 15


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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


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The Pardon of the Sinful Woman

在今天的福音中,我們看到了戲劇性的一幕:法利塞人西滿請耶穌同他吃飯,一名罪婦來到他的家中,到了耶穌背後便哭了。她的淚滴濕了耶穌的腳,她用自己的頭髮給祂擦乾,更當著眾人面前親吻祂的腳,給祂抹上香液。 這婦人一接近耶穌便哭了,她為自己犯過的罪而哭。她的行為反映出她是真心悔過的,但她用的方法卻未必人人都能接受。耶穌沒有因為其他人在場而抗拒婦人,祂在意的只是她的真誠懺悔和她所表達的愛。我們該學習耶穌一樣,不要在意別人的眼光。 法利塞人西滿看到眼前這一幕,心中只想著婦人是一個罪人。他看不到的卻是婦人對耶穌所懷的愛。法利塞人用守規條與否去斷定一個人是否有罪,但耶穌用的標準卻完全不同。天主是愛,當我們選擇不愛,我們就犯了罪。西滿對待耶穌連一個基本的訪客也不如,顯示他不愛耶穌。他的罪不像婦人般人所共知,使他自以為義,不需要天主的憐憫。耶穌藉著「債主與債戶」的比喻使西滿認清很重要的一點:他跟婦人同樣都是罪人。 「愛的多,必多得恩赦,越多得恩赦,則愛的更多」,這是耶穌希望西滿和我們都能明白的訊息。 In today’s Gospel, we see a dramatic scene: A Pharisee named Simon invited Jesus to dine with him, a sinful woman went to Simon’s home. When she stood close to Jesus, she wept and bathed his feet with tears. She wiped them with her tears. She then kissed Jesus’ feet and […]
Publish date: 2013 - 9 - 18


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Unexplainable Love

路加福音 15:1-32 在本主日的福音中,耶穌說了三個比喻。在「亡羊」的比喻中,耶穌談及一位為了尋找一隻迷失的羊,而把其餘九十九隻丟下的牧人。在「失錢」的比喻中,耶穌談及一個遺失了錢幣的婦人,在找到錢幣後,高興得大花金錢請朋友和鄰人一同歡樂。 這兩個比喻中的牧人和婦人的表現毫不尋常。把九十九隻羊丟下,牧人不怕得不償失嗎?但他就是要冒著走失更多羊的危險,也要尋回失羊。婦人找到一個錢幣,最終卻要用上更多金錢去慶祝。牧人和婦人的行徑,可說是不合情理。而天父對我們每一個人的愛,同樣不合情理,無法解釋。 耶穌說的第三個比喻——「浪子回頭」更能突顯天父對人的愛有多深。在耶穌的年代,沒有父親可以容忍這浪子的作為,但這位慈父不但願意把產業預早分給兒子們。當兒子回來時,他從遠處跑去擁抱兒子。以這位父親的貴族(地主)身份,他本來是不該奔跑的。由於那時的人身穿長袍,要奔跑的話,他不得不束上腰,露出雙腳。為當時的貴族,露出雙腳有損尊嚴,是不光彩的。這位慈父為愛做盡壞事的兒子,甘願貶低自己。兒子配得上這份愛嗎?不配! 同樣,仁慈的天父為了我們,竟然連祂的兒子也願意犧牲。祂的愛深得令我們無法理解。我們無法做任何事令天主更愛我們,也無法做任何事使祂愛我們少一點。讓我們存留在這份愛中,從中提取力量去面對生命中的挑戰。 Luke 15:1-32 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus told three parables. In the Parable of the Lost Sheep, He spoke of a shepherd who would leave ninety-nine sheep to search for one who is lost. In the Parable of the Lost Coin, He spoke of a woman who loses a […]
Publish date: 2013 - 9 - 14


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Love of Enemies

Having proceeded in the enumeration of many heavenly actions, Jesus wisely comes to this place last, that He might teach the people confirmed by the divine miracles to march onward in the footsteps of virtue beyond the path of the law. Lastly, among the three greatest, (hope, faith, and charity,) the greatest is charity, which […]
Publish date: 2013 - 9 - 12