Thursday, April 30, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月30日)

Consent to suffer a slight temporary pain, that so thou mayst avoid the eternal pains which sin deserves.---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

Itinerary of the Day:

 

7:00 AM Breakfast and to check-out and bring luggage to bus.
8:10 AM Chinese Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Oropa.
8:45 AM Depart for the City of Turin.
11:15 AM Visit the Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians
started by St. John Bosco.
12:00 noon Lunch.
1:30 PM English Mass at the Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians.
2:10 PM Visit Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
where it houses the Shroud of Turin.
8:00 PM Arrival to Convent of St. Gildard, Nevers.
8:30 PM Overhead show of the Life of St. Bernadette.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月29日)

He who is resigned to the divine will shall always surmount the difficulties he meets with in the service of God. The Lord will accomplish His designs concerning him.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

Itinerary of the Day:

 

7:30 AM Breakfast.
9:00 AM Check-out and bring luggage to bus.
9:15 AM Depart from Holiday Inn Hotel.
10:30 AM Chinese Mass at
Sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua.
10:45 AM English Mass at
Sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua.
11:30 AM Visit the museums of the
Sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua.
7:30 PM Arrival to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Oropa, Biella.
8:00 PM Dinner at the Sanctuary’s Guesthouse.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月28日)

He who cheerfully endures contempt and is happy under crosses and affliction, partakes of the humility and sufferings of Our Lord.---ST. MECHTILDIS.

Itinerary of the Day:

 

7:00 AM Breakfast.
8:30 AM Depart for the City of Venice.
10:00 AM Visit the Basilica of St. Mark.
12:00 noon Walk through the Rialto Bridge,
the Sigh Bridge and free time.
2:00 PM Visit Murano Island where Venetian Glass is famous for its blow
glass.
3:15 PM Visit the beautiful Dominican Church of Sts. John and Paul.
4:30 PM English and Chinese Masses at the Basilica of St. Mark.
6:15 PM Visit the Church of Glorious Mary of the Friars.
8:00 PM Depart Venice center for hotel.
8:30 PM Dinner at the Restaurant of Holiday Inn Hotel.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月27日)

The first degree of humility is the fear of God, which we should constantly have before our eyes.---VEN. LOUIS DE BLOIS.

Itinerary of the Day:

 

6:15 AM English Mass at the Sanctuary of Padre Pio.
7:30 AM Breakfast.
8:40 AM Visiting the Monastery of Padre Pio
and Basilica of our Lady of Grace.
11:00 AM Free time.
12:00 noon Back to Pilgrim House for check out and bring luggage to bus.
12:30 PM Lunch.
1:15 PM Depart from Pilgrim House for Loreto.
5:00 PM Arrive to the City of Loreto – need to walk uphill for 10 minutes.
6:00 PM Chinese Mass at the Holy House of Our Lady.
6:30 PM Depart for Venice.
10:00 PM Arrive to Holiday Inn Hotel in Venice Mestre.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月26日)

The deceitful charms of prosperity destroy more souls than all the scourges of adversity.---ST. BERNARD.

Itinerary of the Day:

 

7:30 AM Breakfast.
8:40 AM Check-out and have your luggage down.
9:00 AM Depart from hotel to Lanciano.
2:00 PM English Mass
at the sanctuary at the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano.
2:30 PM Chinese Mass
at the sanctuary at the Eucharist Miracle in Lanciano.
4:00 PM Depart for San Giovanni Rotondo and Holy Cave of St. Michael
where St. Michael was believed to have appeared.
6:15 PM Arrive to San Giovanni Rotondo – stay for one night only.
6:30 PM Visit the old Church where Padre St. Pio used to pray.
7:30 PM Dinner at Padre Pio’s Pilgrim House.
8:30 PM Stations of the Cross (optional).

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Some Photos






It's very difficult to upload photos here in Italy. Here are 3 photos. Will share more when we get back to Vancouver. Will keep you all in my prayers. God bless.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月25日)

Do not disturb yourself with vain curiosity concerning the affairs of others, nor how they conduct themselves, unless your position makes it your duty to do so.---VEN. LOUIS DE BLOIS.

 

Itinerary of the Day:

 

6:30 AM Depart for St. Peter’s Basilica for Holy Mass.
7:15 AM English and Chinese Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican.
8:00 AM Pray at the tomb of the Apostle and tomb of Pope John Paul II.
8:30 AM Depart back to hotel.
8:45 AM Breakfast.
9:45 AM Depart for Vatican Museum.
1:00 PM Buffet lunch.
2:00 PM Visit St. Paul’s at Regola
and Our Lady at Via Lata,
Pantheon, and City center.
4:00 PM Visit Spanish Steps, central shopping district of Rome
and free time.
9:00 PM Night walking tour – Roman Forum, Coliseum area (optional).

Friday, April 24, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月24日)

As patience leads to peace, and study to science, so are humiliations the path that leads to humility.---ST. BERNARD.

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Itinerary of the Day:

 

7:00 AM Breakfast.
8:40 AM Depart for the Basilica of St. Mary Major.
9:00 AM Visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major.
9:40 AM Pray Redemptorist Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
across the street.
10:00 AM Doing penance at the Holy Stairs (Scala Santa).
11:00 AM English and Chinese Masses in St. John Lateran Basilica, the
Pope’s Cathedral.
12:00 noon Depart for the City of Florence.
3:00 PM Arrive to Florence, walking tour
of the downtown
City of Florence, starting with
the Cathedral and the Chapel of
St. John the Baptist.
4:30 PM City tour of
downtown of Florence.
6:30 PM Dinner.
9:00 PM Return to Rome.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月23日)

Sanctity and perfection consist not in fine words, but in good actions.---BL. HENRY SUSO.

Itinerary of the Day:

 

7:00 AM Breakfast.
8:15 AM Please have your luggage ready – move hotel day.
9:00 AM Depart from the Sisters’ Convent.
9:45 AM Pray at the Quo Vadis Church.
10:20 AM Visit the Minor Basilica of St. Sebastian.
11:00 AM Guided visit at the Catacomb of St. Callixtus.
12:30 PM Lunch.
2:00 PM Check-in our new hotel.
2:45 PM Visit the Coliseum and the Roman Forum (optional – need
walking)
4:00 PM Depart for the Church of the Tre Fontanti, where St. Paul’s
head fell three times after being beheaded.
5:00 PM English and Chinese Masses at St. Paul’s Outside the Wall.
6:30 PM Check-in to our new hotel and free time.
7:00 PM Depart for dinner at the L’Eau Vive Restaurant, the only public
restaurant run by Sisters (optional/not included).
9:00 PM Night walking tour – Trevi Fountains, Senator House,
Parliament Building, House of Representatives, Piazza Novona
(optional).

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月22日)

He who fails to reflect before acting, walks with his eyes shut and advances with danger. He also falls very often, because the eye of reflection does not enable him to see whither his footsteps lead.---ST. GREGORY THE GREAT.

Itinerary of the Day:

 

7:00 AM Breakfast.
8:15 AM Depart for
Papal Audience.
10:30 AM Papal Audience – please bring
any religious articles to be blessed.
12:00 noon Depart for Tivoli.
1:45 PM Visit the Garden and Fountains of Tivoli.
3:30 PM Depart for Holy Cave of St. Benedict in Subiaco.
4:30 PM English Mass at Holy Cave of St. Benedict,
Sacro Speco in Subiaco.
5:00 PM Chinese Mass at Holy Cave of St. Benedict,
Sacro Speco in Subiaco.
6:15 PM Depart from Subiaco.
8:30 PM Dinner back in Rome at the first Mongolia Barbecue in Italy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月21日)

During life despise that which will avail you nothing at the hour of death.---ST. ANSELM.

Itinerary of the Day:

6:30 AM Breakfast.
7:30 AM Depart for today’s visits.
8:00 AM Visit the Basilica of St. Peter’s Chain,
Minor Basilica of Holy Cross of
Jerusalem – relics of the True Cross,
Minor Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside
the Wall, Marmertine Prison of St. Paul
and St. Peter.
11:15 AM Buffet Lunch.
12:30 PM Depart for Assisi.
2:30 PM Visit and pray at the Portiuncula
where St. Francis of Assisi built and lived.
3:00 PM Visit the rose garden outside the Church where it helped St.
Francis to control his temptation of the flesh.
3:15 PM Visit the ancient city and castle of Assisi – beware of hills.
4:00 PM Church of St. Clare, ancestral home of St. Francis of Assisi.
5:00 PM Chinese and English Masses at the Basilica of St. Francis.
6:00 PM Free Time.
8:00 PM Return back to Rome – two hours bus ride.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月20日)

Evil is often more hurtful to the doer than to the one against whom it is done.---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

 

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Itinerary of the Day:

 

1:00 PM English Mass at the Frankfurt International Airport.
1:45 PM Chinese Mass at the Frankfurt International Airport.
4:30 PM Arrival to Fiumicino Airport, Rome.
Custom process. Pick up luggage.
7:30 PM Arrival to Convent for our accommodation.
8:00 PM Dinner. Back to Convent.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月19日)

The more guilty we are, the greater must be our confidence in Mary. Therefore, courage, timid souls; let Mary know all thy misery, and hasten with joy to the throne of mercy.---BL. HENRY SUSO.

 

HAPPY FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY!!!

I want to pout out My divine life into human souls and to sanctify them, if only they were willing to accept My grace. The greatest sinners would achieve great sanctity, if only they would trust in My mercy.---OUR LORD TO ST. FAUSTINA.

 

TODAY: a plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!");

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I am leaving today for Pilgrimage to Europe with Father Richard Au and 45 pilgrims. We are going to Italy and France. “Saintly Quote of the Day” will be posted automatically each day at midnight. Our “Itinerary of the Day” will also be posted. I will keep all the readers of my blog in prayers during our Pilgrimage.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My Baptismal Anniversary (2 Baptisms)

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I was baptized 33 years ago today (April 18th, 1976, Easter Sunday) with my cousin (Cecilia Li). I am now a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and my cousin is a nun (Sister Mary Jacinta, O.P.) of the Dominican Community in Nashville

She is now the principal of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School. When you open their web page, you can see her face right in the middle.

I am very happy today to baptize a little boy and a baby girl.

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The older sister of the baby girl was born on the same night I was ordained (May 30th, 2006). I baptized her almost 3 years ago. She was heavy!!!

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月18日)

We do not keep an account of the graces which God has given us, but God our Lord keeps an account of them. He has fixed the measure thereof.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

 

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Saintly Quote for Divine Mercy Novena:

Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties, obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least. Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer. You know the whole abyss of My mercy, so draw upon it for yourself and especially for poor sinners.---OUR LORD TO ST. FAUSTINA.

  • Day 9: The souls who have become lukewarm

  • How to recite Chaplet of Divine Mercy

  • Friday, April 17, 2009

    Treasure Received

    I am very thankful to receive a treasure today. This is the 1st class Relic of St. Therese the Little Flower (1873-1897 ).

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    The Reliquary is of wood. It was designed in such a way that a religious nun could carry the relic in her pocket easily. I plan to carry this relic with me when I go on pilgrimage.  

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月17日)

    Prayer should be effective and practical, since it has for its end the acquisition of solid virtue and the mortification of the passions.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

     

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    Saintly Quote for Divine Mercy Novena:

    The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is--- trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow their hearts.--- OUR LORD TO ST. FAUSTINA.

    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    The Beauty of Gregorian Chant

     

    HERE is a beautiful audio slideshow on the chant program at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary.

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    My friend, Anthony Uy (a seminarian), is in the slideshow too!

    Pope Benedict appointed John Tong Hon (湯漢主教) as the new Bishop of Hong Kong

    Let’s keep him in our prayers.

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月16日)

    The truly humble reject all praise for themselves, and refer it all o God.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

     

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    Saintly Quotes for Divine Mercy Novena:

    My daughter, My pleasure and delight, nothing will stop Me from granting you graces. Your misery does not hinder My mercy. My daughter, write that the greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to My mercy; [urge] all souls to trust in the unfathomable abyss of My mercy, because I want to save them all. On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance of all souls--- no one have I excluded!.---OUR LORD TO ST. FAUSTINA.

  • Day 7: The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus' mercy

  • How to recite Chaplet of Divine Mercy

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    Catechetical Talk #7 (Holy Trinity)

    Here is my 7th Catechetical Talk for my 3 prayer groups. The outline here from Volume I of Exposition of Christian Doctrine, contains some details not mentioned in my talk. And my talk also contains some reflections not on the outline.

     

    Mystery of the Holy Trinity

     

    Mystery in General

    A mystery is a revealed truth which we cannot naturally comprehend and demonstrate. The existence of mysteries is incontestable; owing to the imperfection of all created intelligence, there must be many truths beyond the power of man to grasp.

     

    Definition of the Mystery of the Holy Trinity

    The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the mystery of one God in three distinct persons.

    Revelation

    • Insinuated in the Old Testament (Gen. iii. 22; Ps. cix. 1,3; Isa. vi. 3)
    • Revealed clearly in the New Testament (Matt. xxviii. 19; 1 John v. 7; John xiv. 16; 1 Pet. i. 1,2)
    • General belief of the Church (creeds, liturgy, and the decrees of councils)

    Exposition

    Unity of nature and Trinity of persons

    In this mystery we are to adore one only God in three persons, and three persons in one only God, without confounding the persons or dividing the substance. Distinction in the mystery of the Holy Trinity applies to persons, processions, relations, names, and missions.

    Divine Persons

    A person is a rational nature subsisting as a complete principle of operation. When viewed from the act of self-consciousness, it is called the ego.

    • Their trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)
    • Their distinction
    • Their equality

    Divine Processions

    A divine procession is the production of one divine person from another.

    • Their number: 2 (know & love)
    1. That of the Son, by generation
    2. That of the Holy Ghost, by way of love.

    • Their properties

    1. Immanent
    2. Eternal
    3. Substantial
    4. Necessary

    Divine Relations

    Divine relations are orders of origin existing among the divine persons.

    • Paternity (which constitutes the person of the Father)
    • Filiation (that of the Son)
    • Active Spiration (that of the Holy Ghost)
    • Passive Spiration (which establishes the principle of the Holy Ghost, but is not a person)

    Their function is to constitute the three divine persons, and to distinguish them from one another without destroying the unity of the divine nature.

    Proper Names and Appropriated Names

    The proper names are those that belong to one divine person in such a way that they cannot at all belong to another. An  appropriated name is one that, although common to the three divine persons, is given to one person on account of the analogy expressed by the name.

    There are two kinds of operation of God: internal operations, or operations ad intra, which are wholly contained in the Blessed Trinity; and external operations, or operations ad extra, whose term is outside the Holy Trinity. The external operations are common to the three divine persons, who act externally by one and the same action.

    Divine Missions

    A divine mission consist in this, that a person proceeding from another has a new manner of existing in creatures.

    • Vision: has a sensible form
    • Invisible: takes place interiorly, without having any sensible form

    Intelligibility

    • Dogma not contrary to reason (it is incomprehensible, but not unintelligible)
    • Images and traces in creation (the human soul is one of the most striking images of the Holy Trinity)

    Errors

    • Of Sabellius (who denied the trinity of persons)
    • Of Arius (who maintained that the Son of God is a creature made out of nothing, though superior to other creatures, and made use by God in creating the world)
    • Of Macedonius (who taught that the Holy Ghost is not a divine person, but a creature more perfect than other creatures)
    • Of Photius (who held that the Holy Ghost proceeds only from the Father)

     My Talk in English:

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    My Talk in Chinese:

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    Web Site for my other Catechetical Talks

    A reminder for my prayer group members: next meeting for all 3 groups will either on May 10th or May 11th.

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月15日)

    To acquire courage it is very useful to read the lives of the saints, especially of those who, after living in sin, attained great sanctity.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

     

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    Saintly Quotes for Divine Mercy Novena:

    [Let] the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy.

    Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice….---OUR LORD TO ST. FAUSTINA.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    Stories of St. John Bosco (Curing the Sick)

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    Web Site of my other talks on St. John Bosco.

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月14日)

    Prayer is the only channel through which God’s great graces and favors may flow into the soul; and if this be once closed, I know no other way He can communicate them.---ST. TERESA.

     

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    Saintly Quotes for Divine Mercy Novena:

    Souls who spread the honor of My mercy I shield through their entire life as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior. At that last hour, a soul has nothing with which to defend itself except My mercy. Happy is the soul that during its lifetime immersed itself in the Fountain of Mercy, because justice will have no hold on it.---OUR LORD TO ST. FAUSTINA.

    Monday, April 13, 2009

    Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年4月13日)

    The grace of perseverance is the most important of all; it crowns all other graces.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

     

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    Saintly Quotes for Divine Mercy Novena:

    At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when some others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated, and unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy will be moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son.---GOD TO ST. FAUSTINA.

    Sunday, April 12, 2009

    Easter Baptism

    This Easter is very special for me. I am very blessed to do 40 Baptisms last night and today.

    Last night during Easter Vigil at Patrick’s, I baptized 7 people from my Chinese RCIA class.

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    Six of them also received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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    During Easter Vigil, my pastor (Fr. Vincent) also administered Confirmation to 10 people. Including members of the English RCIA and my 4 high school Catechism class students.

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    I was baptized 33 years ago on Easter Sunday. I am very happy to do another 33 Baptisms today.

    When I was baptized 33 years ago, there were 2 of us getting baptized (myself & my cousin): a baby boy and a baby girl. This afternoon, I baptized a baby boy and a baby girl.

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    Today I am a priest and my cousin is a nun. We never know, by the Grace of God, what will happen to these little ones!

    This late afternoon, I baptized 31 people during the Chinese Mass at Corpus Christi (15 Adults & 16 Children).

     

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    It was very difficult to baptize that many children. A good number of them were afraid of water being poured on them!!!

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    But now, by the Grace of God, they are all Children of God!

    The 15 adults who were baptized also received the Sacrament of Confirmation & 1st Holy Communion.

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    I always record the Baptism I do, so I can pray for the people I baptized every day of my life. Today the number of people I baptized has reached 300 (4 of them are unconditional Baptism though). I offered Mass today for these 300 people, and I will remember them in a very special way during my upcoming Pilgrimage to Italy & France.

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    Here is my Sermon for Easter Vigil at St. Patrick’s last night.

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    Here is my Chinese Easter Sermon at Corpus Christi today.

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