Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Dream Comes True!!!!

Thanks be to God!!! It’s finally happened!!!

I have been desiring that the Tabernacle in the church be moved to the center. Finally, this happened today!!!

My pastor, Fr. Vincent, has been working on building a wood altar from the wood of the Papal altar from the 1984 Papal visit.

Today, the Tabernacle is moved to the center of the church, and there is also a small wooden altar for the Tabernacle in the chapel as well.

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Msgr. Gregory Smith’s Blog

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Another priest of our Archdiocese started blogging!!! The new blogger is Msgr. Gregory Smith from Christ the Redeemer Parish in West Vancouver.

He started blogging with the same reason of mine: people asked him to put his sermons on-line.

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Welcome to the Catholic blogosphere, Msgr. Smith!!!

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年10月1日)

Always give good example: teach virtue by word and deed. Example is more powerful than discourse.---BL. HENRY SUSO.

You want a means for reaching perfection. I know of only one: Love.---ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月30日)

We should bear our sufferings in expiation for our sins, to merit heaven, and to please God.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Catechetical Talk#17: The Most Blessed Virgin

Below is the talk I gave to my 3 prayer groups on The Most Blessed Virgin. The English recording was done on Sept. 21, and the Chinese recording was done on Sept. 28.

Part II of the English recording is on the 7 words of Mary and reflections on her holiness of life.

Part II of the Chinese recording is on the Prerogatives of Mary and Devotion to Mary.

This site has my other talks. You can also click here for my other Catechetical Talks for my prayer groups.

English Talk (Part I):

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English Talk (Part II):

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Chinese Talk (Part I):

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Chinese Talk (Part II):

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Her Life

  • Her Pre-existence
    • Mary predestined to be Mother of God
    • Mary foretold by Isaias, David and Solomon
    • Mary prefigured by Eve, Sara, Debbora, Judith and Esther
  • Her Ancestors
    • Her parents
    • She was of the family of David
  • Difference Epochs of Her Life
    • Her miraculous birth
    • Her presentation in the temple
    • Her marriage to St. Joseph
    • The annunciation of the incarnation of the Word
    • The visit to her cousin Elizabeth
    • Her journey to Bethlehem, and the birth of Jesus
    • Her purification and the presentation of Jesus
    • Her flight into Egypt
    • Her sojourn at Nazareth
  • Her Relations with Jesus during His Public Life
    • At the marriage in Cana
    • After the cure of one possessed by the devil
    • On Calvary
  • Her Position in the Infant Church
    • Retirement in the supper-room
    • Assistance and protection
    • Mary at Ephesus with St. John
    • Her blessed death

Her Prerogatives

  • Immaculate conception
  • Perfect sanctity
  • Divine maternity
  • Perpetual virginity
  • Assumption
  • Titles in our regard

Devotion to Mary

  • Its Foundation
  • Its Advantages
  • Its Principal Practices

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月29日)

We meet with contradictions everywhere. If only two persons are together they mutually afford each other opportunities of exercising patience, and even when one is alone there will still be a necessity for this virtue, so true it is that our miserable life is full of crosses.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pax Sinica Article: 來自天上的好友 Our heavenly friends

 

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本週我們會慶祝兩個與聖天使有關的慶日:明天,九月二十九日,是總領天使們的瞻禮日;十月二日,星期五,是護守天使的瞻禮日。

天主教要理指出:

「人的生命由開始至死亡,常由天使所保護和代禱。每個信徒都有一位天使在他身旁作為保護者和牧者,為引導他達到永生。」聖女吉瑪(Gemma Galgani, 1878-1903)和創辦「主業會」的聖施禮華(Josemaria Escriva, 1902-1975)神父,均對自己的護守天使特別恭敬。事實上,聖施禮華在一九二八年的十月二日,受到啓示而創辦了「主業會」。

天使代禱:聖女吉瑪常見到她的護守天使。有時,護守天使啟發她祈禱,也和她一起祈禱;護守天使的啓發,亦能幫助聖女神魂昇華,讓她的默想更臻完滿。聖施禮華朝拜聖體時,亦不忘向在聖體周圍敬拜的天神致謝。我們應該緊記,我們的護守天使在天主臺前,時刻為我們代禱。

天使是保護者:在經歷一次嚴峻的誘惑後,聖女吉瑪向護守天使投訴,在需要護佑時卻被其忽略了,但天使一再向她强調,無論看得見與否,他總是會守護着她。有一次,聖女害怕魔鬼的襲擊,睡前請求護守天使作伴;她彷彿看到天使用他的雙翅,覆護着她,拂曉不休。聖施禮華則堅信天主給每一個人委派了護守天使,好讓他們都能依賴守護者。一九二八年至一九四零年,聖人的鬧鐘不大管用,省不下錢另購,惟轉向護守天使求助;果然天使未曾失誤,總能準時喚他起床,他稱他的護守天使為「親愛的鐘匠」。若望.赫頓John Hardon神父說:護守天使替我們擋去我們沒能力抵擋的誘惑,教我們如何對付偏情、世俗和邪魔,護衛我們免受危及靈魂的身體創傷。

天使是牧者:護守天使帶給我們天上的啓示,告訴我們取悅天主的事,以及如何付諸實行。聖女吉瑪長期卧病期間,她的護守天經使常好言安慰她;有一次天使說:「假如耶穌容許你肉身受折磨,就等於祂要煉淨你的靈魂。努力吧。」天使對聖女好言告誡,亦會嚴詞責怪,甚至表明因她的罪錯而感羞慚。他曾勸誡聖女多聆聽少說話,並要管好眼目,只看天堂之美。聖施禮華時常向別人的護守天使打招呼。也許,我們在幫助別人之時,可以向那人的護守天使求助。

我們應如何對待我們的護守天使:聖伯爾納鐸論及護守天使說:「我們應該尊敬、愛慕和信賴我們的護守天使。」我們尊敬他們,因為他們確實與我們一起;我們愛慕他們,因為他們對我們表達了關懷;我們信賴他們,為的是他們對我們那全面的呵護。

 


Our heavenly friends

This week we celebrate two feasts in honour of holy angels. Sept. 29 is the feast of three archangels and Oct. 2 is the feast of the Guardian Angels.

According to our Catechism, “Our Guardian Angels help us by praying for us, by protecting us from harm, and by inspiring us to do good.” Both St. Gemma Galgani (1878-1903) and St. Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975), founder of Opus Dei, had special devotion to their guardian angels. In fact, it was on Oct. 2, 1928, that St. Josemaria was inspired to found Opus Dei.

Praying for us

In her life St. Gemma often saw her guardian angel. Sometimes the angel appeared to St. Gemma to inspire her to pray and to pray with her. When it was time for meditation, the angel inspired her with sublime ideas. He moved her affections so the result of this holy exercise would be perfect.

Whenever St. Josemaria greeted Jesus in the tabernacle, he also thanked the angels present there for their unceasing adoration of God. Let us remember that our guardian angels never cease praying for us and present our petitions before the throne of God.

Protecting us from harm

Once, after she had experienced severe temptations, St. Gemma’s guardian angel appeared. The saint complained to her angel because she wished help in such times. Her guardian angel, however, assured her that whether she saw him or not, he would be always above her head.

Another time, St. Gemma was afraid of an attack by the devil. She begged her guardian angel to be with her while she was sleeping. When she went to bed, her guardian angel spread his wings over her. In the morning, he was still there.

St. Josemaria was convinced God placed a guardian angel beside each human being, so he would have recourse to his guardian angel for both spiritual and material needs.

From 1928 to 1940 St. Josemaria’s alarm clock didn’t work, and the saint had no money to replace it. He asked his guardian angel to wake him up in the morning at the right time. His angel never once failed him. St. Josemaria called his guardian angel “my dear watchmaker.”

According to Father John Hardon, author of the Modern Catholic Dictionary, “Guardian Angels protect us from evil by preserving us from temptation that would be too strong for us; by enlightening us on how to cope with the world, the flesh, and the devil; and by shielding us from physical evil that would bring us spiritual harm.”

Inspiring us to be good

Guardian angels give us heavenly inspirations, telling us what we should do to please God and how are we to carry it into effect.

During her long illness, St. Gemma often received consoling words from her guardian angel. Once, he said, “If Jesus afflicts you in your body, it is always to purify you in your soul. Be good.”

Sometimes the angel counselled her, and occasionally scolded her very severely for her faults, every now and then repeating, “I am ashamed of you.” The angel also taught St. Gemma to speak but little, and only when she was spoken to. The guardian angel reminded St. Gemma to guard her eyes and told her that the eyes that are mortified shall behold the beauties of heaven.

St. Josemaria had the habit of always greeting the guardian angels of the people he met. Perhaps before we help others, we can ask the guardian angels of those for whom we work to lend us their help.

Our duties toward our guardian angel

According to St. Bernard, we should have respect and devotion for as well as confidence in our guardian angel. We should have respect, because of his presence; devotion, because of the solicitude for us that he manifests; confidence, because of the protection with which he surrounds us.

Here is my other Pax Sinica articles

For more information on St. Gemma Galgani, please visit this blog: www.stgemmagalgani.com

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Photos of Today’s Baptisms

This afternoon I was busy doing Baptisms. I had the joy of baptizing 2 babies in the chapel, while the high school students were using the church for choir practice. It is a great blessing that we have a chapel here at St. Patrick’s. The parish is so busy, it’s easy to “double-book” the church. On a number of occasions (including this afternoon) the chapel saved us from these “double-booked” situations.

My the Good Lord bless and protect these babies and their parents.

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Right after the Baptism of the 2 babies, I had to rush to the hospital to baptize another baby girl, who was sick. Once again, with the permission of parent, I am posting a photo of the baby here to share the joy of Baptism, and also to ask for your prayer for this baby.

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Sermon & Photos of the Weekend

2 Main Themes of my Sermon:

  • Saving souls is not just the responsibility of Bishops & Priests. Each of the faithful to help in the Saving Works of Christ through word, example, and prayer. Each day we should do something  for souls.
  • We must safeguard souls. One soul is more precious than any treasure on earth. We should avoid both the sin and the occasions of sin.

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Last evening, we celebrated St Lorenzo (the first Filipino Saint).

I am a Christian and I shall die for God. For Him I would give many thousands of lives if I had them.---ST. LORENZO.

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This evening, we had Life Teen. Our topic was Grace. We had displays on the 7 Sacraments (they were using many of my personal belongings!!!)

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月28日)

Some are unable to fast or give alms; there are none who can not pray.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

Confession Goers

 

A friend on Facebook shared his beautiful site with me. This site is ConfessionGoers.com.

I am delighted that my talk on Confession was posted at their site today.

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Please invite others to visit this site. Hopefully many people will approach the Sacrament of Confession because of this site.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Catechetical Talks for Prayer Group

Here are three catechetical talks that I gave to my 3 prayer groups this month and last month.

I encourage you to read the outlines of the talks (taken from a good manual for priests & catechists) to enrich your Catholic Faith. For my prayer groups members who have missed any of the meeting(s), you are encouraged to listen to the talk(s) on-line.

My 3 prayer groups meet on Sunday night (Chinese), Monday morning (Chinese), and Monday night (English). We have meeting twice a month. We spend the first 45 minutes in prayers and the next 45 minutes in catechetical talk.

We meet in Vancouver. Here are our upcoming events. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me at fatheranthonyho@yahoo.ca 

Talk #14: O.T. Types of Jesus

Messianic Types in general

  • Definition
  • Authenticity
    • Holy Scripture
    • Tradition
    • Conformity between the Types and the Reality
  • Division
    • Personal
    • Real

Typical Personages

  • Before the Deluge
    • Adam, father of the human race, united to a spouse formed from one of his ribs
    • Abel, persecuted and put to death by Cain
    • Noe, saving men from the deluge
  • From the Deluge to Moses
    • Abraham, father of the faithful
    • Melchisedech, offering a sacrifice of bread and wine
    • Isaac, carrying the wood of the sacrifice
    • Jacob, father of the twelve patriarchs and the people of Israel
    • Joseph, sold by his brothers, and suffering unjustly
    • Job, suffering with patience
    • Moses, wonder-worker, doctor, and lawgiver
  • From Moses to the Messiah
    • Aaron, high-priest and repairer  of wrong
    • Josue, leading the Hebrews into the Promised Land
    • Gedeon, triumphing over the enemies of Israel
    • Samson, in his strength
    • David, in his humility and his glory
    • Solomon, in his power and his wisdom
    • Jonas, in his resurrection

Symbols

  • The tree of life, whose fruit was a pledge of immortality
  • The paschal lamb, immolated and eaten
  • The manna, heavenly food
  • The brazen serpent, the sight of which caused wounds to heal

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Talk #15: The Incarnation

The Mystery of the Incarnation in General

  • Definition of the Mystery
  • History of its Revelation
    • Revealed in the Old Testament
    • Announced in the New Testament to the Blessed Virgin
  • Names of the Son of God made man
    • Jesus Christ is our Saviour
    • Jesus Christ is prophet, priest, and king
    • Jesus Christ is our Lord
  • Teaching of the Church

The Divine Nature

  • Jesus Christ affirms His Divinity
    • By attributing to Himself divine rights and honors
    • By declaring Himself God in the presence of His apostles, of the people,and again of Caiphas
  • Jesus Christ proves His Divinity
    • By the holiness of His life
    • By the perfection of His doctrine
    • By His miracles and prophecies
    • By the existence of His Church

The Human Nature

  • The Soul of Jesus Christ
    • Like that of man. Yet different by its incomparable perfections
    • Intellect
      • Has beatific knowledge
      • Has infused knowledge
      • Has acquired knowledge
    • Will
      • Impeccable
      • Not subject to concupiscence
      • Perfectly free
    • Heart
      • Has perfect love
      • Is subject to moral pain
    • Graces, gifts, and virtues
      • Grace of union with the Word
      • Habitual grace
      • Actual helping grace
      • Gratuitous gifts
      • Gifts of the Holy Spirit
      • Theological virtue of charity
      • Moral virtues
    • Exempt from original sin
  • Body of Jesus Christ
    • Its perfect reality
    • Its miraculous formation
    • Its relative perfection

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Talk #16: Jesus Christ, Our Lord

Hypostatic Union

  • Nature of the Union of the two Natures
    • Personal union
    • Unity of person in Christ
    • Distinction of natures
    • Distinction of operations
  • Consequences of the Hypostatic Union
    • Christ’s human nature is adorable
    • His human operations have an infinite value
    • The Most Blessed Virgin is Mother of God
    • Communication of idioms
  • Imperfect image of this Union: Man (body & soul)

Wonders of the Incarnation

  • Manifestation of the divine attributes
  • Glorification of humanity
  • Blessings bestowed on mankind

Fitness of the Incarnation

  • Reason of the Incarnation
  • Necessity not absolute, but relative
  • Why the Son was made man rather than the Father or the Holy Spirit

Errors

  • Deny the human nature
    • Christ has not a real body (Gnosticism)
    • Christ’s soul is not rational (Apollinarism)
    • Christ’s soul is not endowed with a will (Monothelitism)
    • The human nature is lost in the divine nature (Eutychianism)

  • Deny the divine nature
    • Christ is not God because the Word is not God (Arianism)
    • In Christ human nature forms a distinct person from that of the Word (Nestorianism) 

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月27日)

We should not spare expense, fatigue, nor even our life, when there is a question of accomplishing the holy will of God.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

Readers of this Blog

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You might wonder who is reading this blog. Here I got some numbers from the last 500 visits.

As you can see around 30% of the visits is from Canada, and 27% from the U.S. The United Kingdom has 5.6%, thanks to a number of blogs there that link to my blog. 4.4% from Italy (I think they are my Facebook “friends”).

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Altar Servers Award @ Holy Rosary Cathedral on Sept. 12

St. Patrick’s Parishioners…. see if you can found the 2 altar servers from our parish whom I nominated for the award…….

Video: Does God Exist? Does Evil Exist?

Science vs. Religion

Please Pray for This Baby

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Yesterday morning, I baptized a baby boy in the hospital. With the permission of the mom, I am posting this photo here to share the joy of his Baptism and to ask for your prayers.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月26日)

We should constantly thank the Lord for having granted us the gift of the true faith, by associating us with the children of the holy Catholic Church.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

 

I have just used up my 1 GB limit at Google. So I cannot post any photo, video, or audio to my blog. I have just purchased 10 GB, but it will take a bit of time to process my order. There are a few posts I cannot publish now, but will publish them tomorrow.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月25日)

As the branch separated from the roots soon loses all life and verdure, so it is with good works which are not united with charity.---ST. GREGORY THE GREAT.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月24日)

Always give the perference to actions which appear to you the most agreeable to God, and most contrary to self-love.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

 

Our Lady of Ransom, Pray for us !!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Personal Prayer Request

I received the following message @ Facebook, and decided to start praying the Novena to St. Therese for some important personal intentions. Would you please support me with your prayers? If one day my intentions do come true, I will share with you what I am praying for. Thanks.

 

Today is Padre Pio's feast day. Let's pray for a greater awareness and devotion to great Saints like Padre Pio.
Here is a page with some prayers and amazing stories of Padre Pio...
http://www.padrepiodevotions.org/
Also today starts the novena to St. Therese the Little flower. It is a 24 glory be novena for the next nine days, ending on October 1st. It is said that if you ask for a sign that she is hearing your prayer you will unexpectedly receive a freshly picked rose. Here is the link to the novena...
http://www.carmeldundee.co.uk/carmel_novena_St_Therese.htm

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月23日)

The path of virtue is painful to nature when left to itself; but nature, assisted by grace, finds it easy and agreeable.---VEN. LOUIS OF GRANADA.

 

Monday, September 21, 2009

My Pax Sinica article against Euthanasia (Bill C-384)

誡命就是誡命

在我們日常的語言中,利用「委婉詞」是十分普遍。字典網址(Dictionary.com)把「委婉詞」形容為「以溫和或含糊的言詞表達,代替了含有侵犯性的言語用詞」,無怪贊成謀殺或自殺的人,以「安樂死」去扭曲或美化觸犯第五誡的犯罪行徑。

本國國會復會後,正要討論C384號私人法案,意圖將「安樂死」合法化。這對加拿大未來影響甚為深遠。作為天主教教徒,我們有責任奮起反對這法案的通過,應視為「生命之戰」!

「安樂死」的荼毒,在近世紀的西方社會漸趨熾熱,歸咎有三個原因。第一,人類科學和醫學的發達和進步,讓人自以為可主宰宇宙的一切,包括操生死之權。第二,人類的自大,醉身於物質豐盈的生活,對俗世生命以外的事情,漠不關心。第三,在一些地方,某些壟斷的傳媒,極力吹捧「安樂死」。現在讓我們從信仰及社會的角度,闡述反對安樂死合法化的原因。

從信仰的角度來說,反對安樂死是建基於天主的絕對權威和人性的尊嚴。只有創造萬物的天主,擁有主宰所有生命的權力,人類生命均隸屬祂的權限之內,我們極其量只是自己的生命的管理人而不是主人,故不能超越、甚至凌駕天主的權能。所以,執行所謂「安樂死」就等同自殺或謀殺。教宗若望保祿二世在他的通諭中,毫不含糊地宣諭:「安樂死」是不能接受的一種蓄意違反倫常的殺人行為,嚴重地違反了天主的法律。

每一個人生命的價值與尊嚴,都是固有及不容侵犯的,不能因生活環境而變得減值,或甚至予以結束。無論怎樣,人的生命本身是神聖的,是天主親自賜予的,但祂並沒有賦予我們操生殺之權。

在社會的角度來評論,反對安樂死大概可分三個大理由:把安樂死合法化會推廣死亡文化、危害了保健制度、打開了妄殺之門。

推廣死亡文化:安樂死合法化很容易會變成「死亡的義務」。在我們當中,老弱殘疾會被認為應該接受死亡的一群,以免成為精壯者多餘的負擔;也誤導無知的一輩,以為自殺亦有合理合法的一面。在加拿大,年青人自殺並非鮮聞,莫叫此變本加厲,而某些安樂死合法化的地方,年青人自殺率正在上昇。

危害了保健制度:保健制度是為保障生命,非為摧毁生命。醫護人員的職責是治療生命,而非結束生命。合法的安樂死使醫護人員變得可怕,不再是老弱殘疾可信賴的醫者,某程度上,也讓他們不能安心留在醫院或護理院。醫生應消除的是痛楚,而不是病人。合法了的安樂死會使挽救生命和減少病痛的研究變得不被重視。多年來加拿大在「臨終護理」發展驕人,相反,通過了安樂死合法化的荷蘭,卻沒有「臨終護理」。

打開了妄殺之門:在荷蘭,安樂死合法化後,每年數以百計的病人,未經同意,被醫生結束了生命。有些安樂死實為刑事謀殺。亦有醫生在失去耐性下或在一怒之下替病人執行了所謂安樂死。缺乏道德的人,會因私慾私利,利用安樂死合法化去殺害異己或謀財害命。所以,為了保障所有人的生命,任何人都不能有結束他人生命的權力。安樂死是嚴重抵觸了社會公義。

讓我們一起阻止通過C384號法案,並去信各自地區的國會議員表達我們强烈反對的聲音。可参考有關網址www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca


A commandment is a commandment

Euphemisms are ubiquitous in our language. According to Dictionary.com, they are “the substitution of a mild or vague expression for one thought to be offensive.” It’s no wonder, then, that advocates of murder and suicide bandy the word euthanasia around in an attempt to soften the “offensive” fact of going against the Fifth Commandment.

Now that Parliament is back in session this battle for life, with its immense consequences, is coming to Canada.

Over the next few months members of Parliament will debate bill C-384, the so-called “right to die” bill. It’s a private member’s bill seeking to legalize euthanasia. It is the duty of us Catholics to oppose this bill.

Euthanasia is being considered in western society for three reasons. First, the progress of science has given human beings a sense of mastery over the universe, and they erroneously believe this includes a right of mastery over life and death.

Second, human beings, who immerse themselves in the satisfaction of this world, have become indifferent to whatever lies beyond earthly experience. Third, in some places, advocates of euthanasia have monopolized the media.

There are reasons of faith and social reasons against the legalization of euthanasia.

Reasons of faith

The two main reasons of faith against euthanasia are: first, the right of God, and second, human dignity. God alone, as our Creator, has dominion over all life. He alone has the ownership of human life, and man is only steward of his own life.

Those who advocate euthanasia assume ownership of human life, thus infringing on the sovereign right of God. Hence euthanasia is either murder or suicide. In Evangelium Vitae Pope John Paul II unequivocally declared, “euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person.”

The life of each human person has inherent and inviolable worth and dignity, which cannot be reduced or taken away by life’s circumstances. Human life is sacred, in and of itself, apart from its usefulness. God has given each of us the right to live, but He has given us neither the right to die nor the right to kill.

Social reasons

There are three categories of social reasons against euthanasia: it promotes the culture of death, it endangers the health-care system, and it opens the doors to a list of deadly abuses.

The legalization of euthanasia can easily become “the duty to die” for the most vulnerable: the sick, depressed, elderly, and disabled in our society. They will want to spare others an emotional and financial burden.

Legalization will send the message to young people that it is all right to take one’s own life, and suicide is already the second leading cause of death for adolescents in Canada. In places where euthanasia has been legalized, the rate of teen suicide has also increased.

Euthanasia endangers the health-care system. The purpose of health care is to save lives, not destroy them. The duties of doctors are to cure and to heal, not to kill. Legalized euthanasia will make the doctor a person to be feared rather than trusted.

If euthanasia is legalized, we can expect the sick, the disabled, and the elderly to have good reason to fear going to hospitals and care-giving institutions. Doctors should kill the pain, not the patient.

Legalized euthanasia will deter the search for better methods of pain control and treatment of disease. Palliative care has been making advances here, but not in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is practised instead.

Euthanasia also opens the doors to a list of deadly abuses. Doctors in the Netherlands annually kill hundreds of patients who have not requested death. In scores of documented cases euthanasia has turned out to be the result of criminal scheming. In other reported cases, doctors carried out euthanasia because of impatience or because of outbursts of anger.

We need to work together to stop bill C-384. For an analysis of the bill and some sample letters to help you in writing to your MP, please visit www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca.

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月22日)

Prayer without fervor has not sufficient strength to rise to heaven.---ST. BERNARD.

Audio Version of my Pax Sinica Article on JPII

Below is the “Audio Version” of my article on John Paul II for The B.C. Catholic (Sept. 14 issue).

I was talking to the Grade 9 students @ St. Pat’s HS.

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This is the “little children version” of my talk for Grade 1 & Kindergarten.

Sermon & Photo from the 25th Sunday

We are called by God to make the right choice. Often we have to choose between the way of the world and the Way of Christ. In the Gospel yesterday, Jesus gave the Apostles 3 important messages:

1. The Christ had to suffer

2. Humility & meekness are not signs of weakness, but way to greatness

3. We should treat all (including little children) with love & respect

A wonderful example of putting these into practice is Saint Teresa the Little Flower.

My English Sermon:

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My Chinese Sermon:

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I was happy to baptize a baby girl yesterday at St. Pat’s. May the Lord continue to protect her and watch over her.

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月21日)

If  we consider the number and excellence of the virtues practiced by the saints, we must feel the inefficiency and imperfection of our actions.---ST. VINCENT FERRER.

 

I came across 2 beautiful quotes this morning:

The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.---OUR LORD TO ST. FAUSTINA KOWALSKA.

 

Arise once more, oh Lord, and confirm in your grace, those whom you confided to me, and don’t permit any of them to be lost, deserting the nest.---ST. PIO OF PIETRELCINA.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月20日)

The thought of the presence of God renders us familiar with the practice of doing in all things His holy will.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

 

Blessed are they who do not their own will on earth, for God will do it in heaven above.---ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

Thanks for the Award

Thank you Adrienne for passing me this “Loyal Friend and Visitor Award”.

Here are the rules:
1. Copy the loyal picture above and post it on your blog.
2. Pass it on to who you think who is/are deserving.
3. Leave a message to them
4. Pass as many as you want.
5. Message back or leave a comment to the owner.

I am now passing this award to:

Father Steve Leake

Glenn Dallaire

Mac McLernon

St Januarius

Today is the Feast of St. Januarius, Bishop & Martyr. He is patron of Naples. The liquefaction of his blood occurs in the Cathedral of Naples 18 times each year near his feasts. While people pray, the priest turns the 4 inch glass phial up & down in the sight of the onlookers until the dark mass liquefies.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月19日)

All souls in hell are there because they did not pray. All the saints sanctified themselves by prayer.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

 

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月18日)

Armed with prayer, the saints sustained a glorious warfare and vanquished all their enemies. By prayer, also, they appeased the wrath of God, and obtained from Him all they desired.---VEN. LOUIS OF GRANADA.

 

Here are a few more quotes about the importance of loving God rather than just working:

We are thinking of great works for God, but God is thinking of great love from us.---M. EUGENE BOYLAN.

 

An instant of pure love is more precious in the sight of God, and of the soul, and more profitable to the Church than all other good works put together, though it may seem as if nothing were done.---ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS.

 

The most valuable part of our life is often that which we esteem least, and the good works in which we think to have done great things for God and His Church, may have little real value in His eyes.---M. EUGENE BOYLAN.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

澳門粵華中學

The history of the High School in Macau where my mom and her brother (my uncle) studied.

The school song:

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月17日)

God sends us trials and afflictions to exercise us in patience and teach us sympathy with the sorrows of others.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our Lady of Sorrows

This talk is base on the 2nd part of my Sept. 7 article for The B.C. Catholic

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For your information:

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady:

1. The prophecy of Simeon

2. The flight into Egypt

3. The loss Jesus in the temple

4. Meeting Jesus on the way to Calvary

5. Mary at the foot of the cross

6. Jesus is taken down from the cross

7. The burial of Jesus

 

The Blessed Virgin Mary revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373) that seven graces are granted to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and dolors.

 

1) I will grant peace to their families.

2) They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.

 

3) I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.

 

4) I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.

 

5) I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.

 

6) I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.

 

7) I have obtained (This Grace) from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年9月15, 16日)

September 15:

Often read spiritual book; then, like a sheep, ruminate the food thou hast taken, by meditation and a desire to practice the holy doctrine found therein.---ST. ANTONINUS.

September 16:

Love others much, but visit them seldom.---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

 

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Monday, September 14, 2009

My article for Pax Sinica 華之安

My 5th article for the Pax Sinica column in The B.C. Catholic newspaper (Sept. 14 issue).

 

親愛的 若望保祿二世

 

九月十八日標誌着已故教宗若望保祿二世訪問溫哥華總教區的二十五週年。

聖女加大利納.栖亞娜稱教宗為「在世可愛的基督」。基督是道路、真理和生命。祂是我們需要跟隨的道路(道德),我們需要相信的真理(教義),和我們需要活出的生命(祈禱)。若望保祿二世非凡地繼續了基督的工作,作為世界道德的倡導者,真理的訓誨者,常活在祈禱中。

道德的倡導者

在其「福音生命」的通諭內,若望保祿二世勇毅地確定,蓄意殺害無辜的人、墮胎和執行安樂死,同樣是嚴重違反道德操守。他在一九七九年至一九八四年期間,逢星期三進行有關人類性慾與婚姻的教導,總共一百二十九講,變成遺留給教會絕倫的寶訓,亦即現今我們所熟悉的「身體神學」。他深敬每一個人的尊嚴,並以言行清楚表達了。

在位其間,教宗若望保祿二世作了四百八十二名宣聖,也宣認一千三百四十人為真福;其中包括聖高比、聖庇奧、聖斯禮華、聖傅天娜、聖十字德蘭,真福包括教宗若望二十三世、德蘭修女、伯鐸.法士庭、方濟和雅仙達。他宣聖宣福的人,來自不同的生活方式,闡釋了「成聖的文化」和申明對普世「成聖的召叫」。

真理的訓誨者

在他的宗座憲章裡,若望保祿二世指出,要把教宗若望二十三世的「梵蒂岡第二次大公會議」落實,主要工作是要把寶貴傳統的基督徒教義,守護和彰顯,好讓基督信徒和有意向善的人,易於接觸及理解。他視貫徹執行大公會議議案為主要任務,其中在一九九二年頒佈「天主教教理」為最顯赫的成果之一。

「天主教教理」把教會教導分為傳統的四部份;信經、聖事、誡命和祈禱。不過,當中內容,會按不同情况,以不同方式表達,切合合時的基督徒生活。二零零三年二月,若望保祿二世决定以簡潔方式闡釋天主教要理。在他逝世後不久,他的繼任人教宗本篤十六世,在二零零五年,正式頒佈「要理概要」。「天主教要理」及「要理概要」都是教授和認識天主教信仰的寶庫。

祈禱生活的人

若望保祿二世曾以 Totus Tuus「全屬於妳」作為宗座格言。此靈感乃來自聖類斯.格利寧對聖母的奉獻。教宗特別敬禮花地瑪聖母,在一九八四年三月二十五日,把全世界敬獻予聖母無玷聖心。他亦推廣神聖慈悲敬禮。我想他在二零零五年四月二日,首瞻禮七和神聖慈悲瞻禮前夕去世,是一個恩典。其中一樣最大的遺產,是他給了教會玫瑰經的光明五端,讓信眾更能默觀基督的肖像。若望保祿二世十分愛聖體,常朝拜聖體和恭唸玫瑰經。

教宗若望保祿二世訪溫二十五週年紀念之際,我們感謝天主賜予教會這位傑出的聖牧,且要效法他的聖善、信德和祈禱。

Beloved John Paul II

 

It’s been 25 years since Pope John Paul II visited the Archdiocese of Vancouver; Sept. 18 will be that silver jubilee.

St. Catherine of Siena called the Pope “the sweet Christ on earth.” Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the way that we must follow (moral), the truth that we must believe (dogma), and the life that we must live (prayer). John Paul II continued the works of Christ marvellously as a moral leader, a teacher of truth, and a man of prayer.

Moral leader

In his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), John Paul II courageously confirmed the teachings that direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being, direct abortion, and euthanasia are gravely immoral.

The Holy Father had left the Church wonderful teachings on human sexuality and marriage through the 129 talks he had given during the Wednesday audiences from 1979 to 1984. These talks are known as the “Theology of the Body.” The late Pope had a profound respect for the dignity of each human person, and he expressed this respect both by words and by deeds.

During his pontificate, Pope John Paul II canonized 482 saints. The late Pope also beatified 1,340 people. Of these, some of the popular ones are: St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Josemaria Escriva, St. Faustina Kowalska, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Blessed John XXIII, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Blessed Francisco Marto, and Blessed Jacinta Marto.

By canonizing and beatifying people from all walks of life, Pope John Paul II helped to create the culture of holiness and to affirm the universal call to holiness.

Teacher of truth

In his apostolic constitution Fidei Depositum, John Paul II stated that the principal task entrusted to the Second Vatican Council by Pope John XXIII was to guard and better present the precious deposit of Christian doctrine in order to make it more accessible to the Christian faithful and to all people of good will.

Pope John Paul sought to implement the teachings of the council, and a significant achievement was the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in 1992. In this catechism the teachings of the Church are arranged into the traditional four parts: the Creed, the sacraments, the commandments, and prayer. However, the contents are often presented in a new way suited to the present life of Christians.

In February 2003 Pope John Paul decided to prepare a compendium as a more concise formulation of the contents of faith than the catechism. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was promulgated shortly after his death by his successor Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. Both the catechism and the compendium are valuable resources for teachers and students of the Catholic faith.

Man of prayer

The apostolic motto of Pope John Paul was “Totus Tuus” (totally yours). These words were inspired by St. Louis de Montfort’s teachings on total consecration to Mary. The late Pope had a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, and he consecrated the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, 1984.

The late Pope was also instrumental in the popularization of the Divine Mercy Devotion. I think it was very providential that he died on the first Saturday of April, the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, April 2, 2005.

One of the greatest gifts that Pope John Paul gave the Church is the Mysteries of Light of the Rosary, which help the faithful to contemplate the face of Christ. Pope John Paul had a great love for the Holy Eucharist, and loved to spend time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament and time praying the Rosary.

As we remember the 25th anniversary of the visit of Pope John Paul to our archdiocese, let us thank God for giving the Church such a wonderful saintly leader. May we follow his example of holiness, faith, and prayer.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Photos for this Weekend

 YESTERDAY

The baby girl of 2 members of my English Prayer Group got baptized @ St. Casimir’s (Polish) Parish.

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Last night we celebrated birthday for a number of Chinese people from Corpus Christi Parish. We also have farewell for a Chinese lady who will be moving back to Edmonton.

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TODAY

This afternoon I had the joy of baptizing a baby boy and a baby girl.

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