Saturday, February 28, 2009

Catechetical Talk #4 (The Existence of God)

Here is my 4th Catechetical Talk for my 3 prayer groups. 

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I Believe in God means:

1st. I believe that there is a God, who is the beginning and the end of all things.

2nd. I believe in God, that is, in all that He has revealed.

3rd. I abandon myself lovingly to His protection, because He is goodness itself.

 

Existence of God:

Known by Revelation

Proved by Reason

  • Physical Proof
  • Metaphysical Proofs
  • Moral Proofs

 

Physical Proof, or argument from design

  • the proof drawn from final causes, is framed on the adaptation of means to end, which is manifest in the external world.
  • Things destitute of intelligence tending to an end under the direction of an intelligent Being.

Metaphysical Proofs

  • Contingency of beings (there must be a Being having in its own essence the reason of its existence)
  • Subordination of efficient causes (there must be a first efficient Cause)
  • Motion (there be a primary Mover that moves all else without being moved itself)

Moral Proofs

  • Universal consent (all men have always and everywhere acknowledged a divinity whom they owe worship)
  • Moral law (all men acknowledge that they are bound by a moral law, which enjoins certain things on them and forbids others. According as they keep or break this law, that experience happiness or remorse.)

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The outline above will make much more sense for you if you listen to the talk…….

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          Couple of Prayer Requests

          In your charity, please pray for a dying Chinese lady. I gave her the Last Rites this afternoon in the hospital.

          Also, I just received a long distance call from the mom whose baby girl I visited at hospital. The baby girl is going through heart transplant procedures right now. Please pray for her as well.

          Thank you for your prayers. God bless.

          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月28日)

          Docility and easy acquiescence with good advice are the signs of an humble heart.---VEN. JULIENNE MOREL.

          Here is an extra quote in the book for February 29th:

          There is nothing richer, nothing surer, nothing more agreeable than a good conscience.---BL. BARTHOLOMEW OF MARTYRS.

           

          Saintly Quotes for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

          Annihilate yourself in the very depths of your being, to see that God wills to use your littleness to do Him a service of great importance.---ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

           

          Let us sweetly hide our littleness in His greatness.---ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

           

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          CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Feb. 22 to 28)

          Friday, February 27, 2009

          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月27日)

          When one does not love prayer, it is morally impossible for him to resist his passions.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

           

          Saintly Quotes for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

          Do not desire not to be what you are, but desire to be very well what you are.---ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

           

          He who stays not in his littleness, loses his greatness.---ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

           

          Faithfulness to little things is the motto I will always follow in my efforts to reach holiness.---ST. GABRIEL POSSENTI OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS.

           

           

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          CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Feb. 22 to 28)

          Thursday, February 26, 2009

          Prayer Request

          I just returned from the hospital. There is a very very sick new born baby girl. I baptized, confirmed, and anointed her. Please pray for her and her family in this very difficult time. Thanks.

          Lent begins with Ash Wednesday tradition at Aventino

          The Pope received ashes too!!!

          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月26日)

          Charity requires us always to have compassion on human infirmity.---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

           

          Saintly Quote for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

          Humility is a descending charity and charity is an ascending humility.---ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

           

          Please Try To Answer:

          CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Feb. 22 to 28)

          Wednesday, February 25, 2009

          Last Saturday Chinese RCIA (2009年2月21日)

          Last Saturday (2009年2月21日) I taught the catechumen about Holy Communion.

          Before Holy Communion

          Preparation:

          Soul

          • in the state of grace (NO mortal sin)
          • right intention (receive  as spiritual food & medicine)

          Body

          • Communion fast (1 hour before receiving Communion)
          • Respect

          During Holy Communion

          • Receive with love, faith, and humility
          • Receive as if it is our first, last, and only Holy Communion

          After Holy Communion

          • Thanksgiving (do the treat Jesus as a dead object)
          • Chief effects of Holy Communion:

          1. a closer union with Our Lord and a more fervent love of God and of our neighbor;

          2. an increase of sanctifying grace;

          3. preservation from mortal sin and the remission of venial sin;

          4. the lessening of our inclinations to sin and the help to practice good works.

          O.T. Manna

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          O.T. The Bread of Elias

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          Man’s Triple Life (Natural, Intellectual, & Supernatural)

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          The 3 Requirements:

          1. be in the state of grace;

          2. know and reverence Whom we are going to receive;

          3. Keep the Eucharistic fast.

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           Old law of Eucharistic fast….

          No solid food or alcohol: three hours.

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          No non-alcoholic drinks: one hour.

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          Water does not break the fast.

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          Current law for Eucharistic fast: abstain from solid food, beverages and alcoholic drinks within one hour of receiving Holy Communion. Water and medicine may be taken any time.

          Communion can be received without the Eucharistic fast when in danger of death or to avoid sacrilegious acts towards the Holy Eucharist. Besides, the elderly and the sick, as well as persons caring for them, may receive Holy Communion even though they have not observed the Eucharistic fast.

          The Wedding-Garment: State of Grace

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          St. Paul: A man must examine himself first before Holy Communion.

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          Worthily or Unworthily

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          With lively Faith: “Lord, I am not worthy… but only say the word…”

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          With Desire: Story of a 4 year old Chinese girl who tried to rid her baby teeth so that the priest would give her Holy Communion.

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          Modestly, with Humility

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          Old Law of Fast was from midnight till Holy Communion (story of a captain during WWI fasted till 3 PM to receive Holy Communion)

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          Grave obligation to receive Holy Communion:

          • Once a year at Easter time
          • In danger of death

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          Pope St. Pius X lower the age of 1st Communion from 12 to 7 (age of reason). Story: while Pius X gave Holy Communion, a child said, “Please, Mr Pope, why don’t you give Jesus also to me?”. The Pope was visibly moved.

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          Reverence of Love. Story: A priest brought Holy Communion to the sick, St. Dominic Savio knelt and spread out his handkerchief and politely motioned the soldier to use it to kneel.

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          Converse with the Lord. Story: One day St. Dominic Savio absorbed in prayer for 7 hours after receiving Holy Communion. 

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          Our Strength: Holy Communion gives strength to martyrs.

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          Communion of Reparation (Sacred Heart)

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          Story: an Indian would not miss his 1st Friday Communion, even though he was not well.

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          Our Daily Bread (A healthy family sits down to the daily meals with goodwill. So does the healthy family of Christ’s own share with goodwill in the Heavenly Banquet He has prepared.)

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          Please use post labels “RCIA” and “Pop-up Book” for other lessons.

          My Ash Wednesday Sermon

          My Sermon for Ash Wednesday has 3 parts: base on a Catechism Question from the “good old days” BALTIMORE CATECHISM.

          Q: Why does the Church command us to fast and to abstain?

           

          A: The Church commands us to fast and to abstain in order that we may control the desires of the flesh, raise our minds more freely to God, and make satisfaction for sin.

           

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          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月25日)

          We should guard against jealousy, and even the slightest sentiment thereof. This vice is absolutely opposed to pure and sincere zeal for the glory of God, and is a certain proof of secret and subtle pride.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

           

          Saintly Quote for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

           

          I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, “What can get through from such snares?” Then I heard a voice saying to me, “Humility”.---ST. ANTHONY THE GREAT.

           

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          CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Feb. 22 to 28)

          Tuesday, February 24, 2009

          Talk on St. John Bosco #8

          This morning I told the students the stories of St. John Bosco. I told them the beginning of the Salesian Order, and how St. John Bosco brought hardened sinners to Confession.

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          Saintly Quote for Lent (ON HUMILITY)

          Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. From Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, I am going to share with readers of my blog a quotation each day on the virtue of humility.

          This year I choose the virtue of humility partly because of the following quote:

          I desire, My dearly beloved daughter, that you practice the three virtues that are dearest to Me--- and most pleasing to God. The first is humility, humility, and once again humility; the second virtue, purity; the third virtue, love of God. As My daughter, you must especially radiate with these virtues.---OUR LADY TO ST. FAUSTINA KOWALSKA.

           

          I think you also have an idea what virtues I will focus on in the next two years during Lent if I am still blogging.

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          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月24日)

          We should not examine articles of faith with a curious and subtle spirit. It is sufficient for us to know that the Church proposes them. We can never be deceived in believing them.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

           

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          CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Feb. 22 to 28)

          Monday, February 23, 2009

          Another Newly Baptized

          This afternoon I was called to the hospital, and I baptized a baby girl. With the parents’ permission, I am sharing her photo with you and ask you to pray for her health.

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          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月23日)

          Labor to conquer yourself. This victory will assure you a brighter crown in heaven than they gain whose disposition is more amiable.---ST. IGNATIUS.

           

          February 23rd is the Feast of St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr.

          For eighty-six years I have served Jesus Christ and He has never abandoned me. How could I curse my blessed King and Savior?---ST. POLYCARP.

           

          Please Try To Answer:

          CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Feb. 22 to 28)

          Sunday, February 22, 2009

          Thoughts Provoking Cartoons

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          From Veritatis: The Cartoon

          My Sunday Sermon

          Healing of a Paralytic

          • Often, like the paralytic, we are helpless, and we need the help of others.
          • Like the 4 men, we should reach out to others who are helpless.
          • The possible link between sin & suffering: When a man suffer, he  should examine himself to see whether his suffering is the result of sin.
          • The word of Jesus is a statement that brings about what it says.
          • The man rose. We Catholics should help the world to rise from sin.

          English Sermon:

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           Chinese Sermon:

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          Welcome….. Little One

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          It is a great joy for me to baptize this little one this afternoon. Welcome to the Catholic Church! May God guide and protect you always.

          Catholic Challenge of the Week (Feb. 22 to 28)

          Q1. What is meant by ‘He ascended into Heaven’?

           

          Q2. Did Christ ascend alone into Heaven?

           

          Q3. For what purpose did Christ ascend into Heaven?

           

          Q4. What means, ‘Sitteth at the right hand of God’?

           

          Q5. Is Christ, then, not present in all places?

           

          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 (March 1st) at 3 AM.

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          Answers for Last Week:

          Q1. What means, ‘He descended to the dead’?

          A1. That the soul of Jesus Christ, after His death, descended into ‘Limbo’---i.e., to the place where the souls of the just who died before Christ were detained, and were waiting for the time of their redemption.

          Q2. What means, ‘the third day He rose again from the dead’?

          A2. That on the third day after His death Christ reunited, by His own power, His soul to His body, as He had foretold, and rose again from the grave.

          Q3. Why has Jesus still retained the marks of His sufferings in His glorified body?
          A3. 1. In testimony of His victory over hell; 2. As a proof that He rose again in the very same body in which He had suffered; and 3. To show them on the day of judgment, for the consolation of the just and for the confusion of the wicked. 
          Q4. What effect ought the doctrine of the Resurrection of Christ to produce in us?

          A4. It ought 1. To strengthen our belief in His Divinity, and our hope of our own future resurrection; and 2. To incite us to rise from the death of sin to a new and holy life. 

          Moral Application:

          He who is still deeply buried in the grace of sin---i.e., in evil habits or sinful desires---is not risen yet to a new life. All our thoughts, all our exertions, should tend towards Heaven. ‘If you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of Go. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth’ (Col. iii. 1,2).

          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月22日)

          Remember that virtue is a very high and rugged mountain, difficult to ascend, and requiring much fatigue and exertion before we arrive at the summit to rest.---BL. HENRY SUSO.

          Saturday, February 21, 2009

          Prayer Requests

          Let us pray in a special way for our Holy Father on Sunday (Feb. 22).

          Fr. Joaquín Alliende, head of Aid to the Church in Need,  has called for this Sunday, the Feast of the Chair of Peter, to be a day of fervent prayer for the Holy Father. Recently the Holy Father has been unjustly attacked. Please click here for details.

          In your charity, please also pray for a baby girl whom I baptized last year and confirmed last Monday in the hospital. The family have to make some very difficult medical decisions for her.

          Thanks.

          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月21日)

          Jesus Christ, our great Model, suffered much for us; let us bear our afflictions cheerfully, seeing that through them we have the happiness of resembling Him.---BL. HENRY SUSO.

           

          February 21st is the Feast of St. Peter Damian.

          We can never restore primitive discipline when once it is decayed… Let us faithfully transmit to posterity the examples of virtue we have received from our forefathers.---ST. PETER DAMIAN.

          Friday, February 20, 2009

          More Saintly Quotes

          Today is the Feast of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto. The bother and sister together with their cousin Lucia dos Santos who saw Our Lady in Fatima in 1917.

          Here are some of the sayings of Blessed Jacinta Marto while she stayed in an orphanage due to her sickness. I read these quotations during my sermon at a High School Mass this morning.

          • More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.

          • Many marriages are not good; they do not please Our Lord and are not of God!

          • People are lost because they do not think of the death of Our Lord and do not do penance.

          • If men only knew what eternity is, they would do everything in their power to change their lives.

             

          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月20日)

          Let us abandon everything to the merciful providence of God.---ST. ALBERT THE GREAT.

           

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          CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Feb. 15 to 21)

          Thursday, February 19, 2009

          Tablet article on Fr. Finigan

          Fr. Tim Finigan is a priest in England. His blog is very informative. Last year he wrote a post about my blog. Fr. Finigan is also a very good and dedicated pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Blackfen.

          Recently there is an article about Fr. Finigan which I feel is very unfair and unjust. Both Fr. Finigan and Fr. Z posted the article at their blogs. Their  emphases and comments are very helpful for us to learn how to read articles like this with a critical and discerning mind. 

          Here are the links to their posts:

          Link to Fr. Finigan’s post

          Link to Fr. Z’s post

          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月19日)

          There are many things which seem to us misfortunes and which we call such; but if we understand the designs of God we would call them graces.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

           

          Affliction is always accompanied by Grace; Grace is proportionate to Suffering. The measure of My gifts is increased with the measure of trails. The Cross is the true and only road that leads souls to Heaven.---OUR LORD TO ST. ROSE OF LIMA.

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          CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Feb. 15 to 21)

          Wednesday, February 18, 2009

          Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年2月18日)

          Love ought to consist of deeds more than of words.---ST. IGNATIUS.

           

          A few extra quotes from St. Francis de Sales on the same subject:

          • We must help one another as much as we can, and leave the rest to God.

          • It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially.

          • Whatever love invites us to do, whether for the rich or for the poor, is equally pleasing to God.

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          CATHOLIC CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Feb. 15 to 21)

          Tuesday, February 17, 2009

          Last Saturday Chinese RCIA Class (2009年2月14日)

          Last Saturday (2009年2月14日), I taught Chinese RCIA at St. Patrick’s. We started the topic on the Holy Eucharist. The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist has 3 aspects:

          1. Sacrifice

          2. Communion

          3. Presence

          Last Saturday we focused on the Sacrifice aspect.

          A sacrifice is the offering of a victim by a priest to God alone, and the destruction of it in some way to acknowledge that He is the Creator of all things.

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          The Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross because in the Mass the victim is the same, and the principal priest is the same, Jesus Christ.

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          The manner in which the sacrifice is offered is different. On the Cross Christ physically shed His blood and was physically slain, while in the Mass there is no physical shedding of blood nor physical death, because Christ can die no more; on the cross Christ gained merit and satisfied for us, while in the Mass He applies to us the merits and satisfaction of His death on the cross.

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          The purposes for which the Mass is offered are:

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          first, to adore God as our Creator and Lord;

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          second, to thank God for His many favors;

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           third, to ask God to bestow His blessings on all men;

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          fourth, to satisfy the justice of God for the sins committed against Him.

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          We should assist at Mass with reverence, attention, and devotion.

          Different parts of the Mass……

          The priest goes to the altar:

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          “Lord have mercy”:

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          “Glory to God in the highest”:

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          The Epistle:

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          The Gospel:

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          The Offertory:

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          The washing of hands:

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          “Holy. Holy. Holy.”:

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          Consecration of the Bread:

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          Consecration of the Wine:

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          “Remember, Lord….”:

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          The Our Father:

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          “This is the Lamb of God”:

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          “Lord, I am not worthy…”:

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          “Thanks be to God!”:

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          The story of St. Peter Damian: 

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