A beautiful song and a beautiful slide show for this Year of the Priests……
…….One of my photos is there.
懷念廖文神父Fr. Donald Neumann 何庭耀神父
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。
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。
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.
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.
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Yesterday was the 22nd Sunday of the Year. Here are the main points of my sermon:
My English Sermon:
My Chinese Sermon:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor
CNA News about this wonderful growing community.
Someone share this with me on Facebook. (Beautiful pictures of Mother Mary!!!)
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.
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
Please pray that God will heal Anthony and console his family! God bless!
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
TALK TWO (August 20th)
THEMES: Summary of Talk One, Total Surrender, Hope, Poverty & Obedience
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)
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.
This weekend I had the great joy of welcoming 3 babies into the Catholic Church.
Baptism of baby boy yesterday (August 22):
Baptism of baby boy this afternoon (August 23):
Baptism of baby girl this afternoon (August 23):
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.
My English Sermon:
My Chinese Sermon:
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！」
By Father Anthony Ho
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。
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.”
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.
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.
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.
'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?'
'Is God good?'
'Sure! God's good.'
'Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?'
'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?'
'Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?'
'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?'
'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?'
'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.
This religious family of priests, brothers, and nuns look very impressive……
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)
These are my old vestments:
And now, there are 2 new ones to make a set of 4:
Last weekend I was with the youth of St. Patrick’s for a weekend retreat @ Stave Lake in Mission, BC.
I gave the youth spiritual talks (I tried to keep them short & sweet!!!):
1st Talk: on Getting Rid of Sin
2nd Talk: on Identifying the Wrong Path to Sin
3rd Talk: on Identifying the Strong Points
Final Talk: on getting to the heart of the matter. Also to learn and to spread….
Some main points from talks:
There were activities before & after each talk:
Mass in honor of the Assumption of Our Lady:
Here is the Sermon of the Mass:
Temporary Blessed Sacrament Chapel:
Beautiful Scenes at Stave Lake:
Food & Fun!!! (with electronic “camp fire”)
Group Photo @ St. Pat’s: