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Posts Tagged ‘St. Peter’

Pope Francis: The most important thing in life is to make life a gift

(Vatican Radio) During his Angelus on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis reflected on the life of Saint Peter, contrasting his deliverance from prison by an angel in Monday’s First Reading (Acts 12: 1 – 11), with his later imprisonment in Rome and martyrdom.
Publish date: 2020 - 7 - 1

Little-Known Facts about the Holy Land: Cenacle – The Upper Room, Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Jesus had the last Passover dinner with the apostles and instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist. What was it like at the Last Supper? After Jesus got arrested, how did he spend the night before his crucifixion on Good Friday? What does Mount Calvary and the tomb of Jesus look like today after some 2000 years? Little-Known Facts about the Holy Land takes you to Israel to find out more.
Publish date: 2020 - 4 - 11

Pope Francis: Ask for the grace to allow ourselves to be astonished by God’s surprises, not to hinder His creativity

(CNA) God wills the salvation of all persons, Pope Francis said in his General Audience Wednesday, reflecting on the Acts of the Apostles.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 17

Jesus and His Rock

An honest but impetuous fisherman, Peter gave up everything to follow Jesus when he was called. But he was weak and even denied Jesus three times. Yet our Lord not only forgave him, but also made Peter the head of his Church on earth. Fountain of Grace takes you to the Holy Land to relive the story of how St. Peter became the Rock on which Christ built his Church.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 22

Little-Known Facts about the Holy Land: Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu

Before his crucifixion, Jesus was betrayed and abandoned. He was detained in a dungeon overnight. How did he spend the last night in his life? Little-Known Facts about the Holy Land takes you to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu to experience Jesus' loneliness.
Publish date: 2017 - 4 - 8

O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time One couldn’t help but notice the similarities of the experiences of Elijah and Jesus’ disciples as described in the first and the Gospel readings. In both cases, men experienced frightening scenes – Elijah experienced “a strong and heavy wind”, “crushing rocks”, “earthquake”, “fire”; the disciples’ boat was “being tossed about […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 10

Consubstantial with the Father

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 7

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

Spiritual Talk Year A Feast of St. Peter and Paul

On the Feast of St. Peter and Paul, Fr. Anthony Ho describes to us Jesus' establishment of the Catholic Church in the Gospel of Matthew, appointing Peter as the first Pope. He also talks about how Peter continued to lead the Church under the Holy Spirit's guidance after Jesus' ascension, eventually sacrificing his life as a martyr. Paul was originally a violent man who persecuted the Church, but converted to the Church after God's revelations to him, becoming an active missionary. Although human nature is weak, as long as we root our hearts in God, we can live out His love, just like these two saints.
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 28

Worldly vs. Saintly Reasoning

How is this, that Peter, gifted with a revelation from the Father, has so soon fallen, and become unstable? For that Jesus was the Christ the Son of the living God, he had learnt by revelation, but the mystery of His cross and resurrection had not yet been revealed to him. Jesus, however, showing that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 20

Peter’s Confession

聖伯多祿及聖保祿宗徒(節日) – 瑪竇福音 16:13-19 當耶穌問門徒眾人認為祂是誰的時候,所有門徒都有回答,而伯多祿作為宗徒之首的答案是為所有人而答的:「西滿伯多祿回答說:『你是默西亞,永生天主之子』」 伯多祿憑藉一份超越其他門徒的熱誠,明認了天國的君王,的確,比起其他人,把天國的鑰匙交託給他更為適合;這令眾人知道如果欠缺這份信德和宣認信仰的勇氣,沒有人可以進入天國。耶穌所指天國的鑰匙,是一份分辨的能力和權力;權力,使他能束縛或釋放;分辨的能力,使他分辨誰值得被寬恕。這份束縛和釋放的權力,耶穌看來只交給了伯多祿,但其實祂也交給了所有宗徒,也交給了當今教會的主教和神父。伯多祿以特別的方式接受了天國的鑰匙——一份最高的審判權力,令世上所有信眾知道任何人若不與這份信仰或教宗共融,就不能從罪惡的束縛中被釋放而進入天國。 一些主教和神父不明白這經文的意義,以為他們可以像法利塞人一樣自負——可以定無辜人的罪,或寬恕有罪而不悔改的人;而事實上,天主的判斷不是基於主教和神父的判斷,而是那人本身如何生活。我們在肋未紀中看到痲瘋病人要如何給司祭檢查;如果他們真的患痲瘋,他們要被司祭定為不潔;這不是說司祭令他們得痲瘋和不潔,而是司祭知道什麼是痲瘋,什麼不是,並分辨那些人不潔。正如司祭把痲瘋病人定為不潔那樣,當主教和神父聽了人們的罪以後,他履行他的職務,分辨出誰該被束縛,誰該被釋放。 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles – Matthew 16:13-19 When the Lord inquires concerning the opinion of the multitudes, all the disciples answer; but when all the disciples are asked, Peter as the mouth and head of the Apostles answers for all, as it follows, ‘Simon Peter […]
Publish date: 2013 - 6 - 29


John 21:20-25 Peter, turning about, sees the disciple whom Jesus loved following, which also leaned on Jesus’ breast at supper. It is not without meaning that that circumstance of leaning on His breast is mentioned, but to show what confidence Peter had after his denial. Peter who at the supper dared not ask himself, but […]
Publish date: 2013 - 5 - 18

Pope Francis: Allow ourselves to encounter the Lord

教宗方濟各週五在彌撒講道中,談及伯多祿和耶穌的關係。他說問題不在於我們是罪人,問題是我們跟耶穌在愛中相遇後,卻不願意被祂改造。 教宗形容今天福音中耶穌三次問伯多祿是否愛祂,是「天主和祂的門徒一個愛的對話」,這對話追溯至耶穌最初邀請和召叫他,到他被稱為磐石,祂給他那特別的任務,「甚至伯多祿當時完全不明白」。之後,伯多祿認清耶穌是主,但拒絕十字架的道路。耶穌跟他說:「撒殫,退到我後面去!」而伯多祿接受了這個羞辱。伯多祿「一直相信他是一個好人」,在革責瑪尼莊園時表現激烈,更拔劍保衛耶穌。但他之後卻三次不認耶穌,而當耶穌望著他,伯多祿哭了。「耶穌透過這些相遇令伯多祿的靈魂、心靈成熟」,幫助他在愛中成長。當伯多祿聽到耶穌三次問他:「若望的兒子西滿,你比他愛我嗎?」,他感到羞愧,因為他記起他曾三次說不認識耶穌。 「伯多祿的痛楚、羞愧,伯多祿這個重要的人,也是罪人。耶穌令他覺得他是一個罪人,也令我們所有人覺得是罪人。我們是罪人不是問題,問題是不懺悔,不為我們所做的感羞愧。這才是問題。伯多祿有這份羞愧,這份謙卑。伯多祿的罪過,和他那顆心,令他和耶穌重新相遇:到達寬恕的喜樂。」 耶穌沒有背棄祂的承諾,「當耶穌說『餵養我的羊群』,祂把信眾交給他。」 教宗強調伯多祿是偉大,但不是因為他好,而是因為他那顆心,令他流淚,令他感到痛楚、羞愧,更負起帶領信眾的責任。 教宗這樣總結:「讓我們求天主,伯多祿不斷與天主相遇,耶穌不斷淨化他,令他愈來愈成熟,希望他的例子幫助我們更加尋求天主,和祂相遇。更重要的是我們要容許自己跟天主相遇:祂一直尋找我們,祂一直在我們身邊。但很多次,我們擦身而過,因為我們不想跟祂談話。遇見主很重要,但更重要的是容許我們跟主相遇:這是恩寵。這是伯多祿教我們的。讓我們祈求得到這恩寵。」 Pope Francis talked about the relationship between Peter and Jesus on Friday morning mass. He said that the problem is not that we are sinners, but that we do not allow ourselves to be transformed by the encounter with Christ in love. At the center of the homily was […]
Publish date: 2013 - 5 - 17

Handpicked by Jesus

若望福音 21:15-19 在今天的福音中,耶穌三次問伯多祿愛不愛祂,伯多祿在耶穌第三次問他時感到憂愁,他大概是以為耶穌不相信他。耶穌本來可以問:「你為什麼不認我?」,但祂沒有。耶穌不因過去的錯而譴責我們,祂在乎的是我們會否選擇愛祂。 伯多祿擔任教會的領袖,是耶穌基督親自挑選的。我們在宗徒大事錄看到伯多祿在傳福音時,聖神真的臨在他身上,人們甚至希望能被伯多祿的影子遮在身上,以得到治癒。教宗是教會的領袖,他是宗徒伯多祿的繼承人。我們相信聖神會繼續帶領他,牧養天主的子民。讓我們時常為教宗和他的意向祈禱。 以下是教宗今個月的祈禱意向: 祈禱意向: 為執掌司法的人,能始終恪守公正廉潔和正直良知祈禱。 傳教意向: 為修院,特別是傳教區教會的修院,按照基督之心,培養全部獻身福音宣講的牧人祈禱 生命恩泉早前製作了一連兩集有關教宗的特輯,若你還未看過,請參閱以下網站: http://fll.cc/pope-special/pope-special/ John 21:15-19 In today’s gospel, Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. When Jesus asked the third time, Peter was distressed, he probably thought Jesus did not believe him. Jesus could have asked: “Why did you deny me?”, but He did not. Jesus […]
Publish date: 2013 - 5 - 17