Monday, August 31, 2009

You are a priest forever

A beautiful song and a beautiful slide show for this Year of the Priests……

…….One of my photos is there.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月1日)

He who perseveres with constancy and fervor will, without fail, raise himself to a high degree of perfection.---BL. HENRY SUSO.

Pax Sinica Article for August 31

My Article for The B.C. Catholic newspaper (August 31 issue)

 

懷念廖文神父Fr. Donald Neumann 何庭耀神父

在生命中, 深刻的印象能推動並改變心靈。

一九九八年夏天,我每天陪伴先母到溫哥華基督聖體堂Corpus Christi Parish參與彌撒。中旬,來了新任主任司鐸廖文神父Donald Neumann,他給了我非常深刻的印象,我當時已經向先母說他是一位模範神父。六年前,二零零三年九月六日,天主召回了廖神父的靈魂。

每當我想起廖文神父,總想起他給我的深刻印象 : 喜愛禮儀、熱愛牧民、鍾愛華人。

喜愛禮儀:

廖文神父極喜愛本篤會生活。聖本篤明言:「神工至上」。禮儀就是「神工」。禮儀在廖文神父的個人生活和堂區生活中,都佔有特殊的地位。甫接掌基督聖體堂,他就發起每天的彌撒前頌禱禮,在主日隆重地公唸晚課,更建了二十四小時明供聖體小堂。他在裝飾聖堂和禮儀祭衣方面,花了不小心思。他亦喜愛禮儀音樂,特別是「國瑞調(額我畧素調)」。看到廖神父在舉行彌撒聖祭時的莊重和專注,甚具啟發。

熱愛牧職:

本篤會有一格言:祈禱與工作Ora et Labora。廖文神父不但喜歡祈禱,也喜歡工作。弟茂德.杜罱Timothy Dolan總主教給教區神父的名言「別等待工作,卻要製造工作」非常切合廖文神父;他敢於開創和推動有利於每個人神修的主張。我記得他在一個新年日,建議信眾定出每月辦告解作為新年志向,把辦告解看作每月的身體檢查。有一年的七月二十六日聖安納St. Anne(耶穌的外祖母)瞻禮,廖神父向祖輩的教友們,鼓勵他們每日為孫兒們祈禱和做犧牲。他自己亦常作犧牲 —— 他把癌症的病苦及不便,當作犧牲奉獻給天主, 為求得司鐸聖召。廖文神父是一位好傳道者、一位好導師、好神師和領袖。他令我想起馬爾谷福音第七章三十七節:他所做的一切都好。

鍾愛華人:

廖文神父有顆傳教的心,對信眾不同的文化都予尊重。基督聖體堂的華人,俱感到這位主任司鐸慈父般的愛,他先把每月一次的中文主日彌撒增加至每月兩次,最後更向總主教申准得每主日下午,均有中文彌撒。他喜歡中國菜式和藝術品;在中國旅行時,更把自己的中文名字「廖文」雕刻了個人印章。他的感性和幽默,讓人感到親切。

杜罱總主教意識到,熱衷的神父在堂區是最愉快的。廖文神父的確是一位熱衷和愉快的本堂神父。他忌辰紀念日將至,讓我們為他靈魂安息而祈禱,也熱誠地參與禮儀,主動協助堂區工作,尊重各異的祖裔背景。

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Father Neumann,

Pax Sinica

By Father Anthony Ho

In life, impressions leave indelible marks on a person. A good impression, consequently, can move one’s soul.

During the summer of 1998, I attended weekday Masses with my mother at Corpus Christi Parish in Vancouver.

In the middle of the summer, a new pastor arrived. He impressed me so much, that I started telling my mother he was a “model priest.” The priest was Father Donald Neumann.

Six years ago, on September 6, 2003, the Lord called Father Neumann home. As I remembered Father Neumann, three things impressed upon my mind: his love for the liturgy, his pastoral zeal, and his love for the Chinese people.

Love for the liturgy

Father Neumann had a great love for the Benedictine way of life. The rule of St. Benedict states: let nothing be preferred to the work of God. The liturgy is the “work of God.” Father Neumann gave a prominent place to the liturgy in both his personal life and his parish life.

Soon after his arrival at Corpus Christi, Father Neumann initiated a daily recitation of the Divine Office before Mass. He also initiated solemn Vespers on Sunday and began a perpetual adoration chapel.

Father Neumann put a lot of effort into the proper decoration of the church and liturgical vestments.

Father Neumann loved liturgical music, especially Georgian chant. It was very edifying to see him celebrating Mass with great reverence and devotion.

Pastoral zeal

Father Neumann had a great love for prayer and a great love for work. Thus, he embodied his beloved Benedictines by living their motto, ora et labora, which is Latin for pray and work.

He also personified Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s maxim “you don't wait for work, you initiate it.” Archbishop Dolan is the Archbishop of New York. Father Neumann was not afraid of taking initiatives and of challenging people to improve their spiritual life.

I remember on one New Year’s Day he proposed to his parishioners that they make a monthly confession as one of their New Year’s resolutions. He said, people should go to confession regularly, like going to the doctor for a check-up.

One year, on the feast of St. Anne (she was the grandmother of Jesus), he suggested for the coming week that grandparents pray and make sacrifices each day for each of their grandchildren.

Father Neumann made sacrifices. When he was sick with cancer, he offered up his sufferings and inconvenience to God for priestly vocations.

Father Neumann was a good preacher, teacher, confessor, and leader. He always reminds me of Mark 7:37, “he has done all things well.”

Love for the Chinese

Father Neumann had the heart of a missionary. He greatly respected the cultures of the people he served. The Chinese people at Corpus Christi felt the paternal love of Father Neumann.

When he first arrived at the parish, there was a Chinese Mass once a month. Under his stewardship, it was increased to twice a month, and eventually he applied to and approved by the Archbishop to have Chinese Mass on every Sunday.

Father Neumann loved Chinese food and Chinese arts; in his trip to China, he made a stamp for his Chinese name: 廖文. He was extremely down to earth and had a great sense of humor. This made him very approachable.

Archbishop Dolan also observed that a zealous priest is happiest in a parish and Father Neumann was certainly a very zealous and happy parish priest.

As his death anniversary is approaching on September 6, let us pray for the eternal repose of his soul. Let us also continue to celebrate the liturgy with great reverence, take pastoral initiatives, and respect the ethnic backgrounds of all people.

Suggestions and comments about this column may be sent to fatheranthonyho@yahoo.ca. For additional information: www.fatheranthonyho.com

Here is my other articles for Pax Sinica

My Sunday Sermon for Yesterday

Yesterday was the 22nd Sunday of the Year. Here are the main points of my sermon:

  • Distinction between sacred laws (e.g. Ten Commandments) and customary laws
  • Historical background of the Pharisees
  • We should do good acts with a good heart
  • We should not do good act with wrong intention. And it is never lawful to do evil act even with good intention.
  • Pride is at the root of moral disorder. A proud person deceive even himself and try to impose his own will on others.

My English Sermon:

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My Chinese Sermon:

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Here is the site of my other talks & sermons.

Photos from Yesterday Baptism

Yesterday, I had the great joy of baptizing 3 very lovely babies. Let’s keep them and their parents in prayers.

Welcome to the Catholic Church!

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月31日)

I have never gone out to mingle with the world without losing something of myself.--- SAINT ALBERT THE GREAT

Saturday, August 29, 2009

FLL & Photon @ CMCC

There was a bazaar at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church (CMCC) in Richmond. Both Fountain of Love 生命恩泉and Life and Photon had booths there.

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Fountain of Life and Love (FLL) 生命恩泉 produces T.V. and radio programs in Chinese.

Photon produces Catholic songs for evangelization.

Please take your time to visit their websites. You can listen to their music, watch their programs & listen to their radio programs on-line. 

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月30日)

Without prayer we have neither light nor strength to advance in the way which leads to God.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Searching in the Spirit Camp

 This morning, I had the joy of celebrating Mass for more than 100 young people at Camp Jubilee. These young people were confirmed this year. They were participating a retreat run by the Youth Ministry Office of the Archdiocese.

At the Mass, I preached about St. Augustine. Our life of Faith is like lighting a fire. The fire needs to be lit first. Then it must burn brightly. Finally the fire should spread.

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Here is the Youth Ministry Office Website

Baptism & Confirmation of Jacey Marie Monica

Jacey is Korean. She came to Vancouver to study English. She came to visit our church one evening and I invited her to learn about the Catholic Faith. This summer, I gave instructions to her, and finally she was baptized and confirmed yesterday.

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月29日)

One whose heart is embittered can do nothing but contend and contradict, finding something to oppose in every remark.---VEN. JULIENNE MOREL.

Audio Version of my Pax Sinica Article

Here is the “audio version” of my article on Mother Teresa’s Order.

 

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Growing Religious Community

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor

 

CNA News about this wonderful growing community.

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Someone share this with me on Facebook. (Beautiful pictures of Mother Mary!!!)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月27, 28日)

All that God gives us and all that He permits in this world have no other end than to sanctify us in Him.---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

 

If you can not mortify your body by actual penance, abstain at least from some lawful pleasure.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

St. Teresa of Jesus Jornet e Ibars

The Little Sisters have been and are the witnesses of the emptiness that often afflicts the old. They have been chosen to fill that emptiness with warmth and human affection. They have been chosen by God to reaffirm the sacredness of human life and to underline the truth that man is a child of God and can never be regarded only as a tool of cold utilitarianism.---POPE PAUL VI.

 

Her Life

Deacon & Seminarian of FSSP

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This afternoon I was delighted to meet Deacon Garrick Huang (brother of Fr. Justin Huang) & Seminarian Paul Leung from the FSSP. Paul is from Hong Kong (the first one from my hometown to join the FSSP). He will be going back to seminary this Saturday, where there are about 60 seminarians. Deacon Garrick will go to France for his pastoral assignment of working at a boarding school. God willing, he will be ordained a priest on May 22, 2010.

Let’s keep them and all other members of FSSP in our prayers.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST for Anthony Wong (TOGI Garment) and family!


Please pray for Anthony Wong, owner of Togi Garment.  He has a heart attack on Friday. 
Anthony Wong has been a very generous donor.  He donated lots of high-quality clothing for our St. Mary's/St. Paul's/Corpus Christi WYD 2005 fundraising, St. John the Apostle WYD 2005, St. Mary's Youth
Ministry, St. Mary's Street Ministry, WCCCLC, St. Francis Xavier bazaars, and other Christian groups.  He is a Catholic himself.  He and his family goes to Corpus Christi or St. Patrick’s every Sunday.


He is now on life-support.  Both his lung and heart are not functioning!  His chance of living is very limited.  His wife and children are
devastating. 

 
Please pray that God will heal Anthony and console his family!  God bless!

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月26日)

God, to procure His glory, sometimes permits that we should be dishonored and persecuted without reason. He wishes thereby to render us conformable to His Son, who was calumniated and treated as a seducer, as an ambitious man, and as one possessed.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Conferences for MC Sisters

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Last Friday, I posted the article about Mother Teresa’s Order for the column, Pax Sinica at The B.C. Catholic. The theme of the article is the spirituality of the Missionaries of Charity: Loving Trust, Total Surrender, and Cheerfulness.

Last week, I preached a Triduum for the Sisters in preparation for their Feast day on Saturday. Below are my 3 talks to the Sisters. I especially recommend the last talk (TALK THREE).

TALK ONE (August 19th)

THEMES: Loving Trust & Faith

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TALK TWO (August 20th)

THEMES: Summary of Talk One, Total Surrender, Hope, Poverty & Obedience

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TALK THREE (August 21st)

THEMES: Summary of Talk Two, Cheerfulness, Charity, Chastity & Service to the Poorest of the Poor

(At the beginning of the talk, the Sisters corrected me on a detail in my article. They are allowed to wear socks in North America because for the cooler climate here)

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Web Site for New English Missal

The U.S. Bishops have a new web site for the new English Missal.

 

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The new English translation is nearing completion. This new website is to help the faithful to prepare for the new translation. One example for the new Missal is: When the priest say, “The Lord be with you”, the people response “and with your spirit”. 

I think it will be quite an experience to learn together (clergy & faithful) to pray with the new Missal. It will be a teachable moment for deeper understanding and appreciation of the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月25日)

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

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Babies Baptism This Weekend

This weekend I had the great joy of welcoming 3 babies into the Catholic Church.

Baptism of baby boy yesterday (August 22):

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Baptism of baby boy this afternoon (August 23):

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Baptism of baby girl this afternoon (August 23):

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Sister Rhonda Brown helped to prepare the parents of the baby girl for the Baptism. She participated at the  baptismal ceremony as well. Sister is new to our parish. We welcomed her this weekend. Sister Rhonda belongs to the congregation of Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence. I am looking forward to work with sister in our parish and school, and I am sure that sister will help to decrease my workload a bit in the coming school year. 

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月24日)

Correction should be given calmly and with discernment, at seasonable times, according to the dictates of reason, and not at the impulse of anger.---VEN. LOUIS DE GRANADA.

My Sunday Sermon for Today

  • On reaching the Promised Land, Joshua invited the people of Israel to ratify the covenant they had signed with God on Mount Sinai.
  • Each time we share in the Eucharist, we are invited to renew the covenant God established with us at Baptism.
  • The people of Israel and the Apostles chose well. The Jewish leaders, the disciples who went away, and Judas chose badly. We are faced with a choice between Christ and idols. Often in our past we have made the wrong choice. We should not repeat the mistake.

My English Sermon:

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My Chinese Sermon:

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Here is the site for my other Sunday Sermons.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月23日)

Let us remember the every art of mortification is a work for heaven. This thought will make all suffering and weariness sweet.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月22日)

One of the most admirable effects of holy communion is to preserve the soul from sin, and to help those who fall through weakness to rise again. It is much more profitable, then, to approach this divine Sacrament with love, respect, and confidence, than to remain away through an excess of fear and scrupulosity.---ST. IGNATIUS.

Friday, August 21, 2009

為何神會讓此等悲劇發生?

美國某電視台邀請上一早晨節目。主持人單刀直入問「為何神會讓此等悲劇發生?」她以神的睿智,道出一番見解︰我深信神跟我們一樣,為此事極度痛心。但美國人在這些年來,將神從學校中趕走、將祂從政府內踢走、將祂從我們生活中剔走。作為一位紳士,我相信神只有默默地從我們的生活中無奈淡出。
當初是我們自己叫神離開,為甚麼現在又要問祂到底在那裡?
為甚麼我們有權質問神,為何不保護美國人?
不如讓我們回顧美國這幾年的道德發展,好嗎?
某年,有人提出,學校內不可祈禱,因為學校應宗教中立,學校無權要求學生祈禱。
我們說︰「無問題!」
某月,有人覺得教導人「不可殺人、不可偷盜、要愛鄰舍」的聖經落伍,不如把它從學校中拿走。
我們說︰「無問題!」
某日,有人說︰「孩子的自尊心很脆弱,我們不應使用體罰。」
(說這話的人,他的孩子最終自殺身亡。)
我們說︰「無問題!」
某刻,有人說︰「時代變了,老師、校長不應責罰學生,學生承受太大壓力了。」
因怕惹怒家長,引起傳媒報導,學校不敢處罰學生。
我們說︰「無問題!」
又有人說︰「孩子有人權,他們有權接受墮胎手術,更沒有責任通知父母。」
我們說︰「無問題!」
他說︰「與其閃閃縮縮,不如主動教孩子如何使用安全套。反正孩子都是好奇嘛,婚前性行為,沒甚麼大不了!」
我們說︰「無問題!」
有人說︰「工作跟私人生活應分開,只要那總統能搞好經濟..... 我們幹嗎要管人家的私生活?!人人都有私隱嘛!」
我們說︰「無問題!」
有人說︰「瀏覽色情網站是資訊自由,即使是兒童色情網站又如何?這都是個人言論自由,關你甚麼事!」
我們說︰「無問題!」
有人說︰「現代人應有開放思想,電視、電影的色情、暴力,只不過在反映社會實況。
關於毒品、強姦、謀殺、惡魔的歌詞,也不過是宣洩情緒、紓緩壓力 ...... 為何要大驚小怪? 想做就去做嘛!」
我們說︰「無問題!」
成年人為社會訂下以上種種「社會制度」後,我們又要追問︰
為甚麼現今孩子沒有良知?
為何孩子持槍殺人?
為何13歲的孩子已為人父母?
為甚麼911 慘劇要發生?
神無奈地答︰「孩子呀! 是你們不許我踏入『你們的生命。』
若細心思索,不難發現這一切是我們自己做成的,我們親手摧毀了自己所栽種的。
有趣的是,人們離棄神,卻又質問神為何整個世界正走向地獄的門口。
有趣的是,我們相信報紙所說的,卻質疑經上所說的。
有趣的是,你可以透過電郵發出笑話,並且很快被廣傳,但當你發出與神有關的信息時,人們卻猶豫。
有趣的是,不雅及色情的文章在網上自由地發放;但在學校及工作環境中,對於神的公開討論卻被抑制。
你正在想什麼呢?
有趣的是,當你把這封郵件轉送出去時,你不會發給很多人,因你不知道其他人會怎樣看你。
有趣的是,你對別人怎樣看你比對神怎樣看你更加在意。
若你認為這是有意義的,把這封電郵傳給其他人吧,否則,把它棄掉吧!
沒有人會知道的,但是若你棄掉這思想過程的話,便不要投訴現今的世界不像樣了!
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看後各位有何感想?我則覺得並不只是美國有此情形,世界各地皆有。為什麼會如此?無他只是大家自以為是,大家自私自利,忘記主的教訓,忘記溝通、忘記寬恕、忘記共融、最重要的是忘記愛。所以希望以後大家仿效保祿利用現今資訊能夠互相提醒身為天父的子女應該以言以行來推動福傳行動。

Pax Sinica Article (August 24th Issue)

Here is my 2nd article for The B.C. Catholic

Mother Teresa’s order continues to light a path

仁愛修會的靈修之道

By Father Anthony Ho

兩天前,八月二十二日,仁愛女修會慶祝每年的聖母無玷聖心瞻禮。

如果你不知道誰是仁愛會的修女,那麼,她們眾所週知的會衣, 或德蘭修女的名字,一定會對你有所提示。德蘭修女為自己於一九五零年創辦的女修會而親自設計的會衣是白色印度婦女莎麗式的裝束並配上三條藍帶。

藍色是聖母瑪利亞的色標,三條帶則代表天主的三位一體。在聖母無玷聖心瞻禮, 這些標誌提醒我們仁愛女修會的精神 —— 效法耶穌和聖母的生活,活在愛的信賴、全然的付託和喜樂中。

愛的信賴:我們應該信賴天主聖父的愛護,天主聖子的訓誨,以及天主聖神聖寵的教化。通過祈禱,我們表達對天主的信賴。我們應該相信祈禱的效能,聖母、天使及諸聖有力的轉禱。我們委信於聖教會,也是對天主表達信賴。

仁愛會的修女,每天按時祈禱,培育對天主的信賴。每天清晨起床後,她們都祈禱、閱讀聖書和默想。她們均以每日的彌撒和聖時祈禱,環繞著聖體,作為她們的生活中心。工作時,她們都兩人一組出發,路上恭唸玫瑰經。

全然的付託:耶穌捨棄自己,屈降世上,為承行天父的旨意。在領報之時,聖母捨棄自己,接受天主的聖意。我們捨棄自己,好讓天主聖寵的傾注。我們向天主奉獻自身和擁有的一切,更完全接受天主的安排。

仁愛會的修女們,捨棄自己,渡極為簡樸的生活:每人只可擁有三套會衣(彼此替換),一對涼鞋,兩套互換的內衣,一串玫瑰唸珠,一個小苦像,一匙,一碟,一個帆布袋和一本祈禱手冊。她們不穿襪子,坐在小聖堂的地板上,手洗衣服,和睡在薄薄的床褥上。

喜樂:喜樂是聖神的果實,祂的淨配、我們的聖母,是我們喜樂的緣由。愛和祈禱帶來喜樂。一個喜樂的人,像以艶陽無言地傳佈天主的愛。仁愛女修會要求修女們以喜樂活出她們的聖願。她們的憲章規定:以喜樂接受事物去表達對天主和別人的感激。

仁愛會的修女在每日團體散心時互相分享喜樂。在不同場合,她們以歌聲和聖詠表達喜樂。真福德蘭修女指出,她修會的修女常以笑容示人,因為她們不只是社會福利工作者,而是世界心中的默觀者。作仁愛會修女就是要傳遞天主的愛。

讓我們以感激之心,為我們教區內的仁愛女修會修女們祈禱,並追隨真福德蘭修女的芳表,以簡樸和愛去祈禱。

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The Society of the Missionaries of Charity (MC) celebrated their annual Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Aug. 22.

If you don’t know who the Missionaries of Charity are, then their signature habit, or the name Mother Teresa, will surely remind you. Mother Teresa designed the now iconic white sari-like habit with three blue stripes for the religious order she established in 1950.

Blue is the colour of Mary, and the three stripes represent the Holy Trinity. On the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, these symbols remind us of the spirit of MC as stated in their constitution. It reads, “The spirit of our society is one of loving trust, total surrender, and cheerfulness, as lived by Jesus and His mother.”

Loving trust

We should trust in the loving care of God the Father, the teaching of God the Son, and the transforming grace of God the Holy Spirit. Trust is expressed in prayer. We should believe in the power of prayer and the intercessory power of Mary, the angels, and the saints. Submission to the authority of the Church is also an expression of our trust in God.

MC sisters nurture this trust in God by spending time in prayer, daily and punctually. They wake up early in the morning for prayer, spiritual reading, and meditation. The sisters centre their lives on the Holy Eucharist, daily Mass, and a holy hour. The sisters always set out to their work in pairs and say the Rosary as they go.

Total surrender

Jesus came into the world to do the will of the Father by emptying Himself, and Mary emptied herself by saying “yes” to God at the Annunciation. We empty ourselves in order to be filled with God’s grace. We offer all that we are and all that we have to God. We accept everything from God with resignation.

The MC sisters empty themselves by living a life of utmost simplicity. Each sister has only three saris (one to wear, one to wash, and one to mend), a pair of sandals, two sets of underclothes, a rosary, a small crucifix, a metal spoon, a rimmed plate, a canvas bag, and a prayer book. They never wear socks. They sit on chapel floors, wash their clothes by hand, and sleep on thin mattresses.

Cheerfulness

Joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. His Spouse, Our Lady, is “the cause of our joy.” Joy is the result of love and prayer. A joyful person preaches without preaching and is like the sunshine of God’s love. MC sisters are asked to live out their vows joyfully. In their constitution, it states, “The best way to show our gratitude to God and people is to accept everything with joy.”

MC sisters share their joy with one another during their daily recreation. They express their joy through songs and hymns on different occasions. Mother Teresa pointed out that the reason why the sisters are always smiling is that they are not just social workers, but contemplatives in the heart of the world. To be an MC sister is to be a carrier of God’s love.

Let us gratefully pray for the Missionaries of Charity in our archdiocese, and follow the example of Mother Teresa in prayer, simplicity, and love.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月21日)

He who knows well how to practice the exercise of the presence of God, and who is faithful in following the attraction of this divine virtue, will soon attain a very high degree of perfection.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

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“To Renew All Things in Christ”

 

St. Pius X, Pope of the Eucharist, Pray for Us !!!

Science vs. Religion

'Let me explain the problem science has with religion.'

The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand. 'You're a Christian,aren't you, son?'

'Yes sir,' the student says.

'So you believe in God?'

'Absolutely.'

'Is God good?'

'Sure! God's good.'

'Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?'

'Yes'

'Are you good or evil?'

'The Bible says I'm evil.'

The professor grins knowingly. 'Aha! The Bible! He considers for a moment. 'Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?'

'Yes sir, I would.'

'So you're good....!'

'I wouldn't say that.'

'But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could, But God doesn't.'

The student does not answer so the professor continues. 'He doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him, How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?'

The student remains silent.

'No, you can't, can you?' the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.

'Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?'

'Er..yes,' the student says.

'Is Satan good?'

The student doesn't hesitate on this one. 'No.'

'Then where does Satan come from?'

The student falters. 'From God.'

'That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?'

'Yes, sir.'

'Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?'

'Yes.'

'So who created evil?' The professor continued, 'If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.'

Again, the student has no answer. 'Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?'

The student squirms on his feet. 'Yes.'

'So who created them?'

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. 'Who created them?' There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. 'Tell me,' he continues onto another student. 'Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?'

The students voice betrays him and cracks.

'Yes, professor, I do.'

The old man stops pacing. 'Science says you have five sense you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?'

'No, sir, I have not.'

'Have you ever felt your Jesus tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?'

'No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't.'

'Yet you still believe in Him?'

'Yes'

'According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?'

'Nothing,' the student replies, 'I only have my faith.'

'Yes, faith' the professor repeats. 'And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.'

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of his own.

'Professor, is there such a thing as heat?'

'Yes.'

'And is there such a thing as cold?'

'Yes, son, there's cold too.'

'No sir, there isn't.

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested.

The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain, 'You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We can heat to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go anything further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest minus 458 degrees.

Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmit energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.'

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.

'What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?'

'Yes,' the professor replies without hesitation.

'What is night if it isn't darkness?'

'You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word.

In reality, darkness isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?'

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester.

'So what point are you making young man?'

'Yes, professor, My point is your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.'

The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this time. 'Flawed? Can you explain how?'

'You are working on the premise of duality,' the student explains. 'You argue that there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought.

It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.

Now tell me professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?'

'If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.'

'Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?'

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

'Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?'

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.

'To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.'

The student looks around the room. 'Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?' The class breaks out into laughter.

'Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.

So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?'

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. 'I guess you'll have to take them on faith.'

'Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,' the student continues. 'Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?'

Now uncertain, the professor responds, 'Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. Their manifestations are nothing else but evil.'

To this the student replied, 'Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.'

The professor sat down.

The student was Albert Einstein.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Considering a Religious Vocation?

This religious family of priests, brothers, and nuns look very impressive……

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Priests & Brothers:

Institute of the Incarnate Word

 

Sisters:

The Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará 

 

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English sites (Province of the Immaculate Conception): here & here.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年8月20日)

Men can use no better arms to drive away the devil, than prayer and the sign of the cross.---ST. TERESA.

Order from Last Year

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I placed an order on vestments last year (2008) on January 29th. After a long delay (more than a year an half), the materials finally arrived today!!!

The previous owner of the eShop (in Eastern Europe) had health issues, and now there is a new owner. I am very grateful that the new owner was very helpful in getting my order shipped.

I was glad to bless these vestments this afternoon.

There are 4 new preaching stoles (also for con-celebration)

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These are my old vestments:

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And now, there are 2 new ones to make a set of 4:

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Here is the post from last year about my other vestments.

Youth Retreat Last Weekend

Last weekend I was with the youth of St. Patrick’s for a weekend retreat @ Stave Lake in Mission, BC.

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I gave the youth spiritual talks (I tried to keep them short & sweet!!!):

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1st Talk: on Getting Rid of Sin

Download Talk 1

2nd Talk: on Identifying the Wrong Path to Sin

Download Talk 2

3rd Talk: on Identifying the Strong Points

Download Talk 3

Final Talk: on getting to the heart of the matter. Also to learn and to spread….

Download Final Talk

Some main points from talks:

  • Important to confess ALL mortal sin
  • Try to identify the reasons behind sin. Ask yourself: why did I commit that sin?
  • Do not overlook the good qualities in yourself and in others. Strive to strengthen them in you and affirm them in others.
  • When doing things, strive to do them with pure motive.
  • We must keep learning with humility and keep reaching out with prayer.

There were activities before & after each talk:

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Mass in honor of the Assumption of Our Lady:

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Here is the Sermon of the Mass:

Download Sermon on Assumption

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Temporary Blessed Sacrament Chapel:

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Eucharistic Adoration:

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Rosary Walk:

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Beautiful Scenes at Stave Lake:

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Food & Fun!!! (with electronic “camp fire”)

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Group Photo @ St. Pat’s:

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