Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chinese RCIA

Today, my Chinese RCIA class started the topic of Confession.

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The chief elements in Confession are five in number:

1. Examination of Conscience

2. Contrition

3. Purpose of Amendment

4. Confession

5. Satisfaction

Today, we talked about Examination of Conscience and Contrition.

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How should we examine our conscience?

First, we should kneel down and pray that God may enlighten our minds to know our sins; second, we should examine ourselves in detail concerning the commandments of God, the precepts of the Church, the seven capital sins, the duties of our state in life, applying our minds to discover all our thoughts, words, deeds, and omissions against God, our neighbor or ourselves.

 

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What points must we examine with regard to each sin?

We must examine the number of times each mortal sin has been committed, together with any circumstances which might change the nature of the sin or add to its gravity.

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How can we excite ourselves to true contrition?

First, we must fervently beg of God to give us the grace of true contrition; secondly, we must earnestly consider the wickedness of sin, the eternal punishment of Hell, the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the infinite goodness of God, and for these motives hate and detest our sins.

2 Kinds of Contrition: Perfect & Imperfect

 

Perfect Contrition is that which comes from the love of God; it is the sorrow which we have for our sins because they have offended God who is infinitely good and infinitely lovable.

If we have perfect contrition, God forgives our sins even though we cannot go to Confession, but our contrition must include the intention of confessing our sins.

An act of perfect contrition is essential to save our souls, when being in danger of death and in a state of mortal sin we cannot go to Confession.

Imperfect Contrition is the sorrow which we have for our sins because we fear that God will punish us in Hell or shut us our from Heaven, or because our sins are hideous in God’s sight.

If we have imperfect contrition, we can get forgiveness of our sins through the sacraments of Baptism or of Penance.

True Contrition must:

1. come from the heart (interior),

2. be supreme,

3. extend to all our sins (universal), and

4. be supernatural.

 

Interior: from the heart, not merely from our lips

Supreme: hate mortal sin above every other evil, and are willing to endure any suffering rather offend God in the future by mortal sin

Universal: sorry for ALL mortal sins

Supernatural: arises from motives which spring from faith and not merely from natural motives

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Therefore, contrition is more than remorse.

Both Peter and  Judas experienced remorse because they were unfaithful to Jesus. But the remorse of Judas led to despair and the remorse of Peter led to contrition.

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月31日)

It is folly not to think of death. it is greater folly to think of it, and not prepare for it.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

 

不去想死亡是愚蠢的。但更愚蠢的是想到死亡而不善作準備。

 

January 31st is the Feast of St. John Bosco.

 

Give Me Souls, Take Away the Rest.---ST. JOHN BOSCO.

與我靈,取其餘。---聖若望·鮑思高

 

Here is a video about the Salesians in Hong Kong. It’s help to bring back some memories  when I was a high school student at a Salesian High School.

慈幼會簡介

 

我已向天主許諾,連我最後的一口氣也要貢獻給我深愛的青少年。---聖若望·鮑思高

Friday, January 30, 2009

A Very Thoughts Provoking Movie

Here is a very thoughts provoking 16 Minutes Pro-Life Movie:

 

Volition

 

Please read the story about the movie here.

Also, here is the CatholicVote.org pro-life ad which NBC refused to air, but will be aired by EWTN Global Catholic Network.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月30日)

The truth of faith alone, deeply graven in the soul, is sufficient to encourage us to very perfect works; for it strengthens man and increases his charity.---ST. TERESA.

信德的真理,若銘刻在心靈,能激勵我們去行極完美的善工﹔因為它使人堅強並增加人的愛。

 

 

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CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 25 to 31)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Traditional Anglicans might join the Catholic Church.

After the news of lifting the  excommunication of SSPX Bishops last week. Now we have another exciting news on Christian Unity. This time is about the possibility of about 400,000 Traditional Anglicans joining the Catholic Church!!!

Here is the news.

Here is a post from Creative Minority Report Blog.

Here is a post from The American Catholic Blog.

I hope the news will come true. Let’s continue to pray for Christian Unity!!!

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月29日)

The upright intention is the soul of our actions. It gives them life and makes them good.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

 

純正的意向是我們行為的靈魂。它給予它們生命並使它們成為好的。

 

 

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CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 25 to 31)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月28日)

Shun useless conversation. We lose by it both time and the spirit of devotion.---ST. THOMAS AQUINAS.

 

避免無益的閒談。我們由它失去時間和虔誠的精神。

 

 

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CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 25 to 31)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Something for my Catechism Students

Here is a table on the topic of “The Church” for my Thursday High School Class & Tuesday Baptism Class.

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A closer view….

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Today I taught the 3 children preparing for Baptism the 1st Commandment of God. Here is the table:

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The children wanted to be on picture as well, so the mom  took a photo of us….

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Here are the Vocabularies from the Table:

  • Apostasy means completely leaving the faith of Christ to profess a non-Christian religion or none at all.
  • Heresy  is a deliberate denial of one or more of the truths of faith by one who professes to be a Christian.
  • Indifferentism is the belief that one religion is as good as another.
  • Presumption: a person trusts that he can be saved by his own efforts without God’s help, or by God’s help without his own efforts.
  • Despair: a person deliberately refuses to trust that God will give him the necessary help to save his soul.
  • Envy means resenting another’s success because we are not as successful ourselves.
  • Sloth means laziness, especially in doing good to others.
  • Scandal is bad example which could lead another into sin.
  • Superstition: any belief or act that gives to a creature the honor which belongs to God alone; also the giving of false honor to God.
  • Sacrilege: irreverent treatment, or mistreatment, of sacred persons, places, or things; also, the reception of any of the Sacraments unworthily. 

My 6th Talk on St. John Bosco

I visited classrooms again this morning. This time the stories are about the expansion of the Saint’s works. Enjoy!!!

 

You can download the talk here.

You can download & listen to the other talks here.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月27日)

God gives each one of us sufficient grace ever to know His holy will, and to do it fully.---ST. IGNATIUS.

天主賜給我們每一個人充足的聖寵去認識祂的聖意,並完全實踐。

 

 

January 27th is the Feast of St. Angela Merici.

 

 

Mothers of children, even if they have a thousand, carry each and every one fixed in their hearts, and because of the strength of their love they do not forget any of them. In fact, it seems that the more children they have the more their love and care for each one is increased. Surely those who are mothers in spirit can and must act all the more in the same way, because spiritual love is more powerful than the love that comes from a blood relationship.---ST. ANGELA MERICI.

 

 

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CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 25 to 31)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year 恭賀新禧!!!

祝大家身體健康、主寵日隆!

 

Today is Chinese New Year. I wish you all a blessed & peaceful year of the ox.

These couple days I celebrated Chinese New Year with my RCIA students and prayer group members.

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My Sunday Sermon on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

Here are some main points of my sermon:

  • The grace of God caused St. Paul to convert. We should not give up on anyone, but trust in the powerful grace of God.
  • Some people are too difficult to win over by words and arguments, we should win them by prayers and sacrifices. This was how St. Stephen won St. Paul over.
  • God let St. Paul realized his own helplessness & sinfulness. We too should admit our own weakness & sins, and rely on the grace & mercy of God.
  • St. Paul accepted helps from others. We also need the helps of others on our way of conversion.
  • We must continuously try to walk away from sin and come closer to God. Our conversion must last as long as our life lasts. In fact, death is our last act of conversion.
      You may listen or download my English Sermon here.
      在此聆聽或下載我的中文道浬。

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月26日)

    God is supreme strength, fortifying those who place their trust and confidence in Him.---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

     

    天主是至高的力量,堅固那些信賴祂的人。

     

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    CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 25 to 31)

    Sunday, January 25, 2009

    Baptisms on the Feast of St. Paul

    Today is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. I had the great joy of baptizing 4 lovely children today.

     

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    I pray that through the intercession of St. Paul, these 4 children will become powerful witnesses for Christ.

    Catholic Challenge of the Week (Jan. 25 to 31)

    • The Name Jesus signifies Savior or Redeemer.
    • The word Christ---in Hebrew Messias---signifies Anointed.
    • Jesus is called Anointed becuase in the Old Law the prophets, high-priests, and kings were anointed with oil, and Jesus is our greatest Prophet, Priest, and King.

     

    Q1. Why is Jesus called our Prophet, Priest, and King?

     

    Q2. Why is Jesus Christ called the “only Son of God”?

     

    Q3. Why is Jesus Christ called “Our Lord”?

     

    Please try to answer the questions (you may answer just 1 or 2 question(s) if you wish) using the Comments feature. Answers will be posted automatically on Sunday (February 1) at 3 AM.

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    Answers for Last Week:

    Q1. What fatal consequences have, with original sin, passed to all men?

    A1. 1. Their disgrace with God, and at the same time their loss of the sonship of God, and of the right of inheriting the kingdom of Heaven; 2. Ignorance, concupiscence, and proneness to evil; and 3. All sorts of hardships, pains, calamities, and at last death.

    Q2. If without the grace of the Redeemer no one can be saved, how then could those who lived before the coming of Christ go to Heaven?

    A2. Those who lived before the coming of the Redeemer of the world could not indeed enter Heaven before Him; but with grace which God gave them on account of the Redeemer to come, they could merit the kingdom of Heaven, and then enter into it with Him.

    Q3. Did God give grace also to the pagans for the salvation of their souls?

    A3. Yes; He manifested Himself also to the pagans, and in many ways exhorted them to repentance and amendment:

    1. By the voice of conscience; 2. By natural benefits; 3. By His judgments; 4. By extraordinary men whom He raised among them or sent to them; 5. By the Israelites whom, with their holy books, He dispersed among them; and 6. Sometimes also by Angels, dreams, wonderful apparitions or events.

    Moral Application:

    My child, be a beautiful image of God and hate sin, which has brought all evils into the world. ‘Sin maketh nations miserable’ (Prov. xiv. 34).

    Christ descended into Limbo.

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月25日)

    In vain men try. They can never find in creatures sincere affection, perfect joy, or true peace.---BL. HENRY SUSO.

    人徒然嘗試。他們不能在受造物身上找到純淨的愛、完美的快樂、或真正的和平。

     

    January 25th is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

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    The commemoration of this great event was to be a Feast in the Church, and it had a right to be kept as near as might be to the one which celebrates the martyrdom of St. Stephen, for Paul is the Protomartyrs’ convert.---ABBOT GUERANGER, O.S.B.

    Saturday, January 24, 2009

    The Holy Father lifts excommunication of Bishops ordained by Lefebvre

    This is the good news that make my day!!!!

     

    Let’s continue to pray for unity of all Christians.

     

    Please read the news here.

     

    Please read the Decree here.

     

     

    UPDATE (Jan. 27): Father Tim Finigan has very good posts at his blog to follow up the news.

    Post on Jan. 24

    Post on Jan. 25

    Post on Jan. 27

    More development:

    Post on Jan. 28

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月24日)

    We should only make use of life to grow in the love of God.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

    我們利用生命只應了為在天主的愛中成長。

     

    January 24th is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales.

    Here are a few quotations of the saint Love:

    • The union to which love aspires is spiritual.

    • Love not finding us equal, equalizes us, not finding us united, unites us.

    • The end of love is no other thing than the union of the lover and the thing loved.

    • We cannot help conforming ourselves to what we love.

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    CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 18 to 24)

    Friday, January 23, 2009

    The Pope is on YouTube

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    Pope Benedict XVI has a channel on YouTube!!! This channel is dedicated to the Holy Father’s activities and events at the Vatican.

    Please read the news here.

    Please visit: the Vatican’s YouTube Channel.

    Please watch the Introductory Video.

    Please watch this message from the Pope in YouTube.

    Please also watch this message from Fr. Lombardi.

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月23日)

    Nothing created has ever been able to fill the heart of man. God alone can fill it infinitely.---ST. THOMAS AQUINAS.

    沒有受造物可以滿足人的心。只有天主可以無限地滿全它。

     

    This reminded me of another famous quote:

    You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.---ST. AUGUSTINE.

     

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    CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 18 to 24)

    Thursday, January 22, 2009

    Please Support Chinese Catholic T.V. Program in Canada 《生命恩泉》

    Fountain of Love and Life is now being shown on Fairchild TV nationally on every Sunday at 4:30 pm.

     

    《生命恩泉》電視節目逢週日下午4:35 於「新時代電視」全國性播出。

     

    Links to their web site:

    English

    中文

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月22日)

    A precious crown is reserved in heaven for those who perform all their actions with all the diligence of which they are capable; for it is not sufficient to do our part well; it must be done more than well.---ST. IGNATIUS.

     

    在天堂上,為那些盡全力去勤奮做事的人被預留一個珍貴的冠冕; 因為我們不但要做好我們的一份; 更應把它做得完美。

     

    January 22nd is the Feast of St. Vincent, deacon and martyr.

     

    Vincent does not belong to Spain only: like Stephen, and like Lawrence, Vincent is the favorite and hero of the whole Church. Stephen, the deacon, preached the divinity of Jesus amidst the shower of stones which were hurled upon him as a blasphemer; Vincent, the deacon, confessed his faith in Jesus upon his red-hot gridiron, as did that other deacon, Lawrence. This triumvirate of Martyr-deacons cluster together in names, the Crown, the Laurel, and the Conqueror, we hail them as the three bravest Knights of our most dear Lord.---ABBOT GUERANGER, O.S.B.

     

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    CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 18 to 24)

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月21日)

    When faith grows weak, all virtues are weakened. When faith is lost, all virtues are lost.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

     

     

    若信德減弱,所有德行都減弱。若失去信德,所有德行都失去。

     

     

    January 21st is the Feast of St. Agnes.

    Tradition says that she suffered martyrdom at the age of thirteen. Detestable, indeed, the cruelty that spared not so tender an age; but great was the power of faith that could find even children as witnesses.---ST. AMBROSE.

     

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    CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 18 to 24)

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    Prayer Requests

    In your charity, please pray for the following intentions of mine from hospital works:

    • For a mother who lost her baby girl last night (stillborn baby).
    • For a baby girl who have been sick for a very long time in hospital.
    • For the ones whom I baptized last week.

     

    Thank you for your prayers.

    Talk on St. John Bosco #5

    Today I gave my 5th talk to the children on St. John Bosco. The talk has a few stories about St. John Bosco overcoming  difficulties by trusting in God and Our Lady. Stories included: the mayor opposed, the pastors objected, the hardships of finding a place for the boy, and the sickness of St. John Bosco.

     

    Here is the download link of talk #5.

    Here is the download site for my other talks on St. John Bosco.

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月20日)

    On the feast of the saints consider their virtues, and beseech God to deign to adorn you with them.---ST. TERESA.

    在聖人們的慶節中應思考他們的德行,並懇求天主賜予德行來裝飾您。

     

    January 20th is the Feast of the Martyrs, St. Fabian and St. Sebastian (3rd Century).

     

    The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.---TERTULLIAN.

     

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    CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 18 to 24)

    Monday, January 19, 2009

    Catechetical Talk #2 (Christian Doctrine)

    Last night & tonight I gave the talk on Christian Doctrine to my Chinese & English prayer groups. Here is an outline of the talk.

    Christian Doctrine

    Definition

    • Christian Doctrine is the doctrine taught by Jesus Christ.
    • The Christian Doctrine is divine because Christ, its author, is the Son of God.
    • Christian Doctrine contains the whole divine revelation.

    Revelation

    Nature

    • Divine Revelation is a supernatural manifestation which God has made to men, of what they should know, believe, and practice.

    Possibility

    • Revelation is possible because God is all-knowing and all-powerful

    Certainty

    • affirmed by the Sacred Books

    • attested by the belief of all times

    • demonstrated by the most certain proofs

    Errors

    • Rationalism, deism, naturalism, and all the false systems which reject the possibility and existence of revelation
    • all the heresies which attack any one of the revealed truths

    The Three Periods

    • 1. the primitive revelation
    • 2. the Mosaic revelation
    • 3. the evangelical revelation

    Holy Scripture

    • the word of God written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
    • Old Testament: Historical Books, Moral Books, and Prophetical Books
    • New Testament: Historical Books, Moral Books, and Prophetical Books
    • Inspiration: the Holy Spirit, who, by a supernatural operation, excited the wills of the sacred writers to write, and enlightened their intellects so that they wrote on;y what God willed and as He willed. Hence God is the principal and immediate cause of the Holy Scripture, and the sacred writer is only the active instrumental cause.
    • Inspiration differs from revelation:
    1. All that is contained in the Sacred Books is inspired but it is not all revealed; among the facts related therein, are some that were already known to the inspired writers by natural means.
    2. Not all that has been revealed is inspired; Tradition has preserved some revealed truths that are not contained in Holy Scripture.
    • We know that the Sacred Books were written under divine inspiration from the teaching of the Church, whose authority is infallible.

    Tradition

    • the word of God not written in the Bible, but transmitted, in an unbroken succession, by word of mouth from the Apostles to us
    • Tradition contained in:
      1. decrees of Councils
      2. acts of the Holy See
      3. liturgical books
      4. works of Christian art
      5. writings of the Fathers and Doctors
    • Tradition is of equal authority with Holy Scripture because it is equally the word of God
    • The interpretation of Holy Scripture and of Tradition belong to the infallible teaching authority of the Church, the guardian of revealed truth.

    My English Talk:

    English Talk Download Link

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    My Chinese Talk:

    Chinese Talk Download Link

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    Here is the last talk on Christian (definition, dignity, duties, and sign).

    Here is the Web Site of my 3 Prayer Groups in Vancouver. If you are interested to join, please email me: fahteranthonyho@yahoo.ca

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月19日)

    Open thine ears to the voices of nature, and thou shalt hear them in concert inviting thee to the love of God.---VEN. LOUIS OF GRANADA.

     

    向大自然的聲音張開您的耳朵,你便會聽到他們一致地邀請您去愛天主。

     

     

    A young man applying to St. Macarius for spiritual advice, he directed him to go to a burying-place and upbraid the dead; and after that to go and flatter them. When he returned the saint asked him what answer the dead had made. “None at all”, said the other, “either to reproaches or praises.” “Then”, replied Macarius, “go and learn neither to be moved by abuse nor by flattery. If you die to the world and to yourself, you will begin to live to Christ.”.---BUTLER’S LIVES OF THE SAINTS.

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    CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 18 to 24)

    Sunday, January 18, 2009

    My Sunday Sermon

    Here are some main points of my sermon:

    Andrew & John met Jesus

    • Jesus called them through John. Jesus calls many through a third person.
    • Apparently, things happened by chance, but it was not so. It was God the Father who arranged all things from eternity.
    • We should be thankful of our own calling as Christians.

    Andrew & John started learning about Christ

    • Think about the 1st Reading: like Samuel, we should listen to God and live out His Word.
    • We should know God not just outside-in (head knowledge), but inside-out (in touch with Him in prayer)

    Andrew & John remain with Jesus “all the day”

    • We decided to remain with Jesus “all the day”, that is, for the rest of our life.
    • Think about the 2nd Reading: impurity is a major cause of fear of commitment, and infidelity to commitments.

    Andrew & John were full of enthusiasm for Jesus

    • Years have passed since we came to faith in Jesus. Do we still feel the same eagerness to know more and more about him? Are we still as keen as we were to bring more and more people to Christ?
    • If we are lukewarm it is because: 1) we are spiritually undernourished; 2) we are infected my spiritual bacteria
    • Spiritually Undernourished: neglect of interior life, lack of prayer, not praying well, neglect the Sacraments, neglect learning the Faith, and lack of spirit of sacrifice.
    • Spiritual Bacteria: disorder attachments to persons and/or things; addictions.
    • Seeing spiritual physician (priest) in Confession and getting the spiritual medication (Blood of Jesus) is an important step to be cured from the spiritual sickness of lukewarmness.

    You can download my English sermon here, and  the Chinese one here

     

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    My Sunday Sermon

    Catholic Challenge of the Week (Jan. 18 to 24)

    • We inherited Original Sin from our first parents, who were the origin or source of all mankind.
    • Original Sin is the death of the soul---- it is truly and properly sin.
    • God showed mercy to man by promising him a Savior, who, by a full satisfaction, should take sin away from him, and regain for him grace and the right of inheriting the kingdom of Heaven.

    Q1. What fatal consequences have, with original sin, passed to all men?

     

    Q2. If without the grace of the Redeemer no one can be saved, how then could those who lived before the coming of Christ go to Heaven?

     

    Q3. Did God give grace also to the pagans for the salvation of their souls?

     

    Please try to answer the questions (you may answer just 1 or 2 question(s) if you wish) using the Comments feature. Answers will be posted automatically on Sunday (January 25) at 3 AM.

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    Answers for Last Week:

    Q1. How are the good Angels affected towards us (What do good Angels do to us)?

    A1. The good Angels love us; therefore they protect us in soul and body, pray for us, and exhort us to do good.

    Q2. What is our duty towards our Guardian Angels?

    A2. We must venerate them with great devotion, be thankful to them, and readily follow their admonitions.

    Q3. How are the fallen or wicked Angels affected towards us (What do wicked Angels do to us)?

    A3. The wicked Angels, through hatred and envy, lay snares for us, in order to injure us in soul and body, and, by enticing us to sin, to plunge us into eternal perdition.

    Q4. What must we do on our part, in order that the snares of the wicked Angels may serve to our salvation?

    A4. We must fight against them full of faith and confidence, making use at the same time of the arms of prayer, and availing ourselves of the blessings sanctioned by the Church; and we must firmly resist all temptations to evil.

    Moral Application:

    Beware of being like the evil spirits by sinning, or of being even their accomplice in seducing others to sin. Imitate the good Angels; be innocent, docile, pious, devout, and always ready to promote the welfare of your neighbor. daily venerate your Guardian Angel, and recommend yourself to him in all dangers of soul and body.

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月18日)

    In order to bear our afflictions with patience, it is very useful to read the lives and legends of the saints who endured great torments for Jesus Christ.---ST. TERESA.

     

    為了耐心地承擔我們的痛苦,問讀那些為耶穌基督而忍受極大的痛苦的聖人們的行實和故事是非常有用的。

    Saturday, January 17, 2009

    One More Baptism

    Today is one of the busiest day in my life, with lots of Confessions, and other activities. This evening I was called to the hospital again. I felt very blessed to be able to baptize another baby girl. With the parents’ permission I am sharing her photo with you.

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    This week I have done 5 Baptisms in different places for people who were sick. I feel very blessed and grateful for all these Holy Baptisms. I ask you please keep them all in your prayers. Thank you.

    Please pray for a Baby Girl

    This afternoon I baptized a baby girl in the hospital. I ask the readers please pray hard for this baby. With the parents’ permission I am sharing with you a photo of the baby and her Baptismal name: Maria.

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    Altar Servers Meeting

    This post is intended for members of the Altar Servers Group at St. Pat’s. This afternoon we had Altar Servers meeting. I am listing the main items for our meeting here:

    • When passing by the Blessed Sacrament, should genuflect (right knee touching the ground)
    • Holding book for priest. Standing at around 45 degrees left of the priest
    • When holding paten for Communion, keep the paten “flat”. Never turn it upside down or place one paten on top of another.
    • 2 kinds of bow: Profound Bow (during Nicene Creed) & Bow of the Head (at the Name of JESUS)
    • During the Our Father, it is proper to fold your hands. Better reserve the gesture of extending hands to the priest. Because when the priest extends his hands, he is  gathering the prayers of the people and offer them to God
    • Remember don’t get an altar server’s  gown that is too short for you. Should reach your ankles.
    • Remember last time I asked the altar servers NOT to “fool around” or to “rush” while in the sanctuary.

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      I talked about St. Mark’s Gospel to the Altar Servers:

    • Right now is Year B (Sunday’s Gospel mainly from St. Mark’s); Weekday Masses now also using St. Mark’s
    • St. Mark’s Gospel is the shortest and earliest of the 4 Gospels
    • St. Mark got his information from St. Peter
    • St. Mark wrote to Christians who were persecuted
    • The Cross of Christ is the main theme of Mark. As disciples of Christ, we must carry our daily crosses
    • St. Mark was a good story-teller
    • St. Mark’s stories challenge us to see ourselves in the characters of the stories 

     

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    Today we started to talk about the Sacraments.

    SACRAMENT is (1) an outward sign, (2) instituted by Christ, that (3) confers inward grace.

    LIST OF SACRAMENTS

    Sacraments of Initiation:

    • Baptism
    • Confirmation
    • Holy Eucharist

    Sacraments of Healing:

    • Penance
    • Anointing of the Sick

    Sacraments of Service:

    • Holy Orders
    • Matrimony

    Baptism & Confession are Sacraments for sinners (Sacraments of the dead), and the other 5 are Sacraments for the just (Sacraments of the living). Sacraments of the living should be received in the state of grace.

    Baptism, Confirmation, & Holy Orders give to the soul a spiritual character which can never be effaced. Thus, these 3 Sacraments can be received only once.

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    BAPTISM

    • Form: I Baptize you, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
    • Matter: The pouring of water
    • Minister: Priest; but in case of necessity, anyone
    • Effects: a) destroys all sins (original & actual); b) remits punishments; c) makes one a child of God and of the Church; d) render one capable of receiving other Sacraments

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    CONFIRMATION

    • Form: Be Sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
    • Matter: Anointing with Chrism
    • Minister:Bishop; but priest can also give Confirmation when 1) he receive someone into the Catholic Church; 2) in danger of death; 3) with the permission of the Bishop
    • Effects: a) strengthens mind & heart; b) making one soldier of Jesus Christ; c) seven gifts of the Holy Spirit

     

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月17日)

    Time is but a period. It passes like the lightning flash. Suffering passes with time; suffering, then, is very short.---BL. HENRY SUSO.

     

    時間只是個期限。 它像閃電閃光般流過。 痛苦隨着時間流過,因此痛苦是非常短暫的。

     

    January 17th is the Feast of St. Anthony the Great.

     

    St. Anthony instructed his monks to reflect every morning that perhaps they might not live till night, and every evening that perhaps they might never see the morning; and to do every action as if it were the last of their lives.---BUTLER’S LIVES OF THE SAINTS.

     

     

    Please Try To Answer:

    Catholic Challenge of the Week (Jan. 11 to 17)

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Blessing for an Engaged Couple

    This evening I gave a special blessing to an engaged couple, Roberto & Claudia. This was my first time giving engagement blessing. Congratulations Roberto & Claudia!!!

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    It was actually a “surprise” engagement blessing (surprise for Claudia!!!)…..

    • A co-worker called Roberto and told him to pick up some “books” from “Mr. Ho”
    • They went to the house (which is now St. Patrick’s rectory) where they first met to pick up the “books”
    • They ended up getting 2 Marriage Preparation books from me, plus the engagement blessing!!!

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    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年1月16日)

    In every creature, however small it be, we may see a striking image of divine wisdom, power, and goodness.---VEN. BARTHOLOMEW OF MARTRYS.

     

     

    在每個受造物,不論它是多麼微小,我們都可發現天主智慧、能力和美善的一個驚人的反映。

     

     

    Please Try To Answer:

    Catholic Challenge of the Week (Jan. 11 to 17)

    Thursday, January 15, 2009

    On-line Quiz








    Before I go to bed, just want to share with you something fun I did tonight. I took an on-line quiz: Which Church Father are you?

    Here is the result:








    You’re St. Melito of Sardis!



    You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.



    Find out which Church Father you are at The Way of the Fathers!





    Yesterday, I took another quiz on Facebook: Which Catholic Saint are you? And here is the result:



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