Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Personal Prayer Request

Tomorrow (April 1st), I am going to begin a "54-day Rosary Novena". For the next 54 days I will pray 20 decades Rosary each day for the blessing of my priestly ministry. The Novena will end on May 24th (Our Lady Help of Christians).

This is my second year making this Novena. I pray for God's blessings on my priestly assignments and for the fruitfulness of my priestly works.

This past year has been a very fruitful year for me. I thanks Our Lady of the Holy Rosary for the blessings I received through her intercession. I pray the Novena for another fruitful year. Here is the story of the Novena:

http://www.theholyr osary.org/ 54novena. html

In your charity, please lend me some supports during these 54 days with your prayers. Thank you. God bless.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年3月31日)

When the afflictions of this life overcome us, let us encourage ourselves to bear them patiently by the hope of heaven.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

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Saintly Quotes for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

The desire for fame tempts even noble minds.---ST. AUGUSTINE.

It is not true humility if a man, perceiving that it is God’s will that he should rank above others, refuses to do so.---ST. GREGORY THE GREAT.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Remembering Pope John Paul II

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年3月30日)

It is a great folly to be willing to violate the friendship of God, rather than the law of human friendship.---ST. TERESA.

 

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Saintly Quotes for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

Let us look at some quotations on humility by the Church Fathers.

If you ask me what is the first thing in religion, I will reply that the first, second, and third thing is humility.---ST. AUGUSTINE.

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Imitate the ass in his love for his master.---ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

My Sunday Sermons (Today & Last Week)

Today is the 5th Sunday of Lent. I preached on dying to self and living in the love of God.

  • The spiritual life includes both Love and Sacrifice
  • To love God is the end of the spiritual life
  • But love of God and sacrifice cannot be separated
  • We must avoid 2 extremes: talking about love but not sacrifice, or talking about sacrifice & rules but overlook love

Download English Sermon

Download Chinese Sermon

My sermon last week was on the love of God. The love of Jesus is:

  • Self-giving
  • Universal (include everyone)
  • Particular (for each individual) 

Download Last Week English Sunday Sermon

 

Download Last Week Chinese Sermon

Please Pray for a Newly Baptized Newborn

This morning I baptized a Chinese newborn boy. Here is the 1st photo of the baby. I took it after the Baptism ceremony.

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The baby boy is sick in the hospital. In your charity, please keep him in your prayers. We entrusted him to the powerful protection of St. Joseph.

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年3月29日)

If you wish to take up your abode in the tabernacle of the heavenly kingdom, you must reach there through your good works, without which you can not hope to enter.---ST. BENEDICT.

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Saintly Quotes for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

Whoever has the charge of others ought not hesitate to resist and correct vices of those who depend on him, or even to oppose their sentiments when need requires it--- always, however, with mildness and peace, especially when he has to enunciate any truths difficult to receive.---ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

I  have turned forward and backward and on every side, and what conclusion have I reached? I have considered all methods of governing, and even tried them, and I have finally seen that the best is that which is amiable, humble, and patient.---ST. JANE FRANCES DE CHANTAL.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年3月28日)

The trials of life cease to oppress us if we accept them for the love of God.---VEN. LOUIS DE GRANADA.

 

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Saintly Quotes for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

As without faith it is impossible to please God, so without mildness it is impossible to please men and to govern them well.---ST. BERNARD.

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Nothing is so strong as gentleness--- nothing so loving and gentle as strength.---ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年3月27日)

Let us thank God for having called us to His holy faith. It is a great gift, and the number of those who thank God for it is small.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

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Saintly Quotes for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

In order to enjoy the merciful love of Jesus, it is necessary to humiliate ourselves, to acknowledge our nothingness, and this is a thing which many are unwilling to do.---ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX.

Let us consider ourselves little and in need of God’s support at every instant. As soon as He sees that we are truly convinced of our nothingness, He extends His hand to us.---ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Note of Thanks

A heartfelt thanks for those who remembered my birthday this week and celebrated with me. (I got quite a number of belated birthday good wishes and celebrations).

This evening:

Someone wouldn’t believe that I am only 33 till I showed her my photo ID!!!

 

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年3月26日)

Whoever would follow Jesus Christ, must walk in His footsteps, if he would not go astray.---ST. TERESA.

 

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Saintly Quote for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

When you see anyone who desires esteem and honors and avoids contempt, and who, when contradicted or neglected, shows resentment and takes it ill, you may be sure that such a one, though he were to perform miracles, is very far from perfection, for all his virtue is without foundation.---ST. THOMAS AQUINAS.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Baptism for 3 Children

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. This afternoon, I said a special Mass in both Chinese and English. During the Mass, I baptized the 3 children I have been instructing since last year. Their baptismal names are: Anne Marie, Peter, & Paul. At the end of Mass a group of Chinese faithful also made their Consecration to Our Lady. 

 

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Today is also the 20th Anniversary of my own Confirmation. I am glad to be able to give Confirmation to the oldest of the 3 children, Anne Marie.

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Consecration to Our Lady at the end of Mass:

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Giving out the Brown Scapular:

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Group Photos:

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Here is my bi-lingo sermon (the 1st half in Cantonese & the 2nd half in English).

 

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年3月25日)

Our Lady, deign to intercede for us sinners with thy divine Son, our Lord, and obtain of Him a blessing for us in our trials and tribulations!---ST. IGNATIUS.

 

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Saintly Quotes for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

I felt that the Blessed Virgin was watching over me, that I was her child. Hence I found it necessary to call her “Mama”, for this name seemed even more tender than that of mother.---ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Support Pope Benedict XVI

Please support Pope Benedict XVI

Please sign the support letter here in response to the massive, unfair, and inaccurate criticism being leveled at him for his courage in speaking the truth about condoms and their ineffectiveness at halting the spread of AIDS.

Let’s listen to the Pope’s own impressions on Africa.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年3月24日)

We should carefully beware of giving ourselves so completely to any employment as to forget to have recourse to God from time to time.---ST. TERESA.

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Saintly Quotes for Lent (ON HUMILITY):

Vain self-complacency and the desire of making a show of being spoken of, of having our conduct praised, and of hearing it said that we succeed well and are doing wonders--- this is an evil which makes us forget God, which infects our holiest actions, and is, of all vices, the most injurious to progress in the spiritual life.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

As soon as I am pitied and flooded with attentions, I no longer have joy.---ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Birthday & Baptism

Finally 33!!!

I am very grateful for all the good wishes and celebrations for my birthday.

God is good! 2 years on a roll, He let me celebrated birthday with Baptism.

Last year, my birthday was on Easter Sunday (March 23rd), and I had the joy to baptize a group of Chinese Catechumens on Easter Vigil (March 22nd).

 

This year, the day before my birthday, I had the joy of baptizing 3 lovely babies at St. Patrick’s.

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Yesterday afternoon, I offered the 3 PM Chinese Mass for the people I baptized last year on March 22nd and for other members of the Chinese community whom I baptized in the past 2 years. During the Mass I also had the joy to do the Second Scrutiny for the Chinese Catechumens who will be baptized this Easter.

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During Communion, the choir sang this Chinese blessing hymn for my birthday:

After Mass, they had a little tea party for me.

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Today I led my Chinese prayer group (Our Lady of the Rosary Prayer Group).

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A good number of this Prayer Group are new Catholics I baptized last year…

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….most of them were baptized on March 22nd. So we also celebrated their 1st Anniversary of Baptism as well.

These 2 new members of our Prayer Group…..

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….the one on the left: she also celebrated her birthday TODAY. And the one on the right, she celebrated her birthday yesterday. So we had triple birthday celebration!!!

We went out for lunch….

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This afternoon, children of Queen of Angels Group at St. Patrick’s had a small party for me…

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….2 girls made the cake last night.

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This evening, my English Prayer Group people gave me a “surprise” birthday supper…

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Last year, I told the people that able to do Baptism for 18 people at Easter was my greatest Birthday Gift.

This year I consider these 2 as my greatest Birthday Gifts:

1st: to be able to celebrate with so many people whom I love, especially with the ones I baptized last year.

2nd: to be able to do Baptism this year close to my birthday---- The 3 lovely babies on the 22nd. And I am looking forward to baptize the 3 children I have been instructing since last year on coming Wednesday, the 25th (the Feast of the Annunciation). That day will also be the 20th Anniversary of my own Confirmation.

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I do have Birthday Wish:

O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church: Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit, and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, O Lord. Lord, give us holy priests; You yourself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of Your mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for You can do all things.---ST. FAUSTINA KOWALSKA. (March 24, 1937)