Saturday, October 31, 2009

Photos of Oct 31, 2009: Baptism, Blessing of Graves, & Relics

This morning, I did a baby Baptism at the 9 AM Mass. It is the last day of the Month of the Holy Rosary. I offered the votive Mass of Our Lady. May our Blessed Lady protect this baby always.

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After the Mass, we drove to Ocean View Cemetery for the annual blessing of graves. I think I blessed around 30 graves. May they rest in peace!

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After the blessing of graves, I went to visit a young man, Francis, who read my BC Catholic articles and this blog. He showed me his collection of holy relics & religious images.

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Francis generously gave me 2 first class relics and many 2nd & 3rd class relics.

The two 1st class relics he gave me are from Saint John Neumann and Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God.

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imageBlessed Dominic of the Mother of God received John Henry Newman (who will be beatified next year) into the Catholic Church. I am very glad to receive a 2nd class relic of John Henry Newman as well.

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Francis gave me many other 2nd & 3rd class relics of holy men and women, whose lives I will need to read up.

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I sincerely thank Francis for these wonderful treasures, and I wish him a Blessed Feast of All Saints tomorrow.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Audio Version of Article on Br. Mucian & Sermon on Saints

Here is the “audio version” of my article on Brother Mucian. It was recorded during my classroom visitation.

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This morning, I offered the Votive Mass of All Saints for the High School students. I talked about the Scales of Sanctity: Sin, Silence, & Suffering.

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Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年10月31日)

The best of all prayers is that in which we ask that God’s holy will be accomplished, both in ourselves and in others.---VEN. LOUIS DE BLOIS.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Anti-Catholicism

Here is an excellent article of Archbishop Timothy Dolan about anti-Catholicism. This article in its shorter form was submitted to New York Times. But the Times refused to publish it.

Please take the time to read this good article, and pray that anti-Catholicism will be “rained out” for good.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年10月29、30 日)

Let us not despise, judge, or condemn any one but ourselves; then our cross will bloom and bear fruit.---VEN. JOHN TAULER

It is rarely that we fall into error if we are humble and trust to the wisdom of others, in preference to our own judgment.---VEN. LOUIS DE BLOIS.

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The 1000th Post!!!

This is the 1000th Post of this Blog!!!

I pre-typed this post and this is automatically published on October 28 at mid-night.

Today is the Feast of Sts. Simon & Jude. It is also the 25th Anniversary of my 1st Communion!!! I received my 1st Communion on October 28, 1984 at St. Jude’s Church in North Point, Hong Kong.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Some Antique Holy Pictures

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Means of Priestly Holiness

Pope Pius XII, in his Apostolic Exhortation, Menti Nostrae (1950), pointed out nine chief means (in addition to Holy Mass) to priestly holiness:

1. Divine Office

2. Daily Meditation

3. Vocal Prayer

4. The Rosary

5. Daily Visit to the Blessed Sacrament

6. Daily Examination of Conscience

7. Frequent Confession

8. Spiritual Direction

9. Spiritual Retreats

 

Archdiocesan Prayer for Priests

God our Father, look with mercy and love
   upon those your Son has chosen
   to be ministers of your Word and Sacraments,
  and ardent but gentle shepherds of your flock.
As spiritual fathers of those entrusted to their care,
   keep them faithful in obedient service to you.
Enkindle in our priests the fire of your love,
   so that they will seek nothing but your greater glory
   and the salvation of souls.
We pray that Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary,
   will wrap her mantle around our priests,
   draw them closer to your heart day by day
   and inspire many young men to answer your call.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

St. John Vianney, pray for us.

 

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年10月28 日)

He who wishes to find Jesus should seek Him, not in the delights and pleasures of the world, but in mortification of the senses.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

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Photos & Recording from Last Weekend

Last Saturday, many pious people were praying in the chapel all day: 2000 Hail Marys. They were in the chapel from morning till night.

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On Saturday night, to drove to Squamish for the Encounter Retreat for young men of St. Patrick’s Secondary. I heard Confessions till 2:30 AM.

In late morning, I went out for the Rosary walk.

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I brought the Blessed Sacrament to the retreat for the young people to adore Jesus night and day. 

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We had Mass on Sunday evening. I preached on relationships with self, others, & God. Also on Love, Peace, Joy, and Hope.

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Please listen to my sermon…… 

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Posters on Love, Peace, Joy & Hope:

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Pax Sinica Article: 盡忠職守、熱衷祈禱的聖人 Saint of duties and prayer

盡忠職守、熱衷祈禱的聖人

十一月一日的「諸聖瞻禮」將至,提醒我們「成聖」是天主向普世的召叫。「成聖」不需作出轟轟烈烈的事,聖人們大多都是在平凡中成聖的。若我們為天主盡忠職守地工作和專心熱切地祈禱,我們的聖德便會不知不覺地與日漸增 —— 聖梅瑟.馬偉昂Mucisan Marie Wiaux便是表表者。

盡忠職守

馬偉昂修士出生於一八四一年,十五歲進入訓蒙會(喇沙修會)Christian Brothers。十八歲的那一年,他被長上指派教導一群不覊、年約九歲的兒童。可能因他的溫良,馬修士的課室是最混亂失控的,亦因此他被認為不適合留在訓蒙會。快要被修會飭令離開之際,具慧眼的會士麥森廷Maixenties挺身維護馬偉昂,要求把他留下,幫助教授美術和音樂。

馬偉昂修士雖然沒有這方面的興趣和天份,但他絕對聽命長上的吩咐,努力學習繪畫和音律。他一絲不苟地依從麥森廷修士的規定,按時練習簧風琴及其它樂器。聖人貫徹始終,五十年後仍每天早上九時,到音樂室操練簧風琴,將死方休。

教宗本篤十四世說:「給我一個在兩整年內,能完全遵守會規的會士,我不需要有証實他轉禱的聖蹟,便可把他宣聖!」 —— 馬偉昂修士就是這方面的聖人。五十五年來,聖人盡忠職守,看顧學生, 並教授初級美術和音樂,雖並未如其他修士那樣教授宗教課程,但卻忠誠、熱誠地監督學生並樹立善表。

熱衷祈禱

每日清晨四時三十分,聖梅瑟.馬偉昂修士便朝拜聖體,上午六時參與彌撒。訓蒙會規定會士們每天需要騰出很多時間祈禱; 聖人在規定的時間以外, 每有空閒便作祈禱。他喜歡在聖體前和聖母岩前祈禱,看顧學生時常唸玫瑰經。學生們都說馬偉昂是「不斷在祈禱的修士」。

聖人特別恭敬聖母。他寫道:「要找到能與吾主親密地結合的捷徑,到聖母那裏罷。你越愛聖母,便會越愛她的聖子。」

馬偉昂修士的生活喚醒我意識到耶穌和聖母的退隱生活。耶穌三十年寂寂無聞的退隱生活,教訓我們:人在天主眼中的價值,不在乎他們的豐功偉績,而在他們心中的愛和聖德。

歐日納.博罱Eugene Boylan神父寫道:「如果我們記得聖母的生命是最為豐碩的, 而她卻過着平凡、淡泊、辛勞的生活,我們應對日常為天主而做的平凡小事,給予重新的評價。」

其實,「每件按天主聖意所做的日常事,都可為人類帶來聖寵。」讓我們向聖梅瑟.馬偉昂修士學習:盡忠職守、熱衷祈禱!

 


Saint of duties and prayer

The Solemnity of All Saints (Nov. 1) is approaching. The feast reminds us of the universal call to holiness. Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. The saints are people who do ordinary things well. If we are faithful to our daily duties and to prayer, we grow in holiness gradually without realizing it. This growth to holiness is exemplified in the life of St. Mutien Marie Wiaux.

Faithful to duties

Born in 1841 in Belgium, Mutien joined the Christian Brothers at 15. At 18 he was assigned to teach a group of unruly 9-year-olds. He was too gentle and his classroom was a shambles. Brother Mutien seemed to be so unfit for teaching the community council was on the verge of sending him home.

An understanding confrere, Brother Maixentis, spoke up for Brother Mutien and asked to have him appointed his assistant in teaching art and music. Brother Mutien was therefore allowed to stay in the community.

Completely obedient, Brother Mutien received training in drawing and music, subjects in which he had no particular interest or talent. Following a timetable drawn up by Brother Maixentis, he began to practise harmonium and other musical instruments.

Near the end of his life Brother Mutien would still religiously go to the music room at 9 each morning to practise the harmonium.

Pope Benedict XIV said, “Find me a religious who has observed his rule perfectly for the space of two years, and I shall canonize him without miracles.”

Exact observance of the rule was the way to holiness for Brother Mutien. For 55 years he taught beginners’ classes in art and music. He never taught religion or exercised the regular teaching apostolate of the Christian Brothers, but he did carry out the apostolate of watchfulness and example faithfully and religiously.

Faithful to prayer

Brother Mutien would begin his day by kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament at 4:30 a.m. and then attending Mass at 6 a.m. The Rule of the Christian Brothers set aside a good amount of time each day for prayer. Brother Mutien would also spend all his spare time in prayer. He loved to pray before the Blessed Sacrament and to visit a grotto.

While supervising the students Brother Mutien carried a rosary in his hand and prayed constantly. Some students referred to Brother Mutien as “the brother who is always praying.”

Brother Mutien had great devotion to Mother Mary. He once wrote, “If you wish to find a short and easy path to intimate union with Our Lord, go through Mary. The more you love the Most Blessed Virgin, the more you will love her divine Son.”

The life of Brother Mutien reminds us of the hidden life of Jesus and the retired life of Mary. By His hidden life of 30 years, Jesus teaches us that man’s worth in God’s eye is measured not by the greatness of his fortune or his works, but by his love and interior perfection.

Dom Eugene Boylan wrote, “If we remember that the most fruitful life of any human being was that lived by Our Lady, and that her life was essentially ordinary, obscure, and laborious, we shall, perhaps, find a new value in the ordinary things in the day’s round when done for God.”

In fact, “Every single thing we do during the day according to the will of God can be used to bring down grace on men.”

Following the example of St. Mutien, let us be faithful to our daily duties and prayer.

Here is my other Articles for Pax Sinica column of The BC Catholic newspaper

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年10月26、27 日)

That which we suffer in the accomplishment of a good work, merits for us the necessary graces to insure its success.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

We ought to have a special devotion to those saints who excelled in humility, particularly to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who declares that the Lord regarded her on account of her humility.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Quotes on the Priesthood

FAITH: When this all-important truth is deeply impressed on the mind and heart of the priest---that the eternal salvation of certain souls may depend on his ministerial activities, that difficulties and opposition and weariness should be accepted unhesitatingly when even one soul is in danger, that all the materials benefits and human honors the world could give him are nothing compared to the privilege of serving as the instrument of God in bringing the state of grace to one human being---then the spirit of immeasurable zeal will burn ardently in his heart.

HOPE: In the case of the priest the hope to bring others to their eternal destiny is intimately linked up with the desire of his own salvation, for the vocation to which he has been divinely summoned involves the duty of bringing many others to eternal happiness.

We should not measure success in the priestly ministry in terms of numbers, since to restore even one soul to the state of grace would be worth all the labor of an entire lifetime.

CHARITY: It was primarily out of love for God that the priest accepted the divine invitation to enter the sacredotal state; and it is only by ever cultivating the virtue of divine charity that he will prove himself worthy of the great privilege of functioning day by day in the priesthood.

The virtue of chastity, which is the glory of the Catholic priesthood, is intimately connected with divine charity. It is true, one reason why the Church requires celibacy in her priests is that one who is free from the cares and responsibilities of family life can more completely and more wholeheartedly devote himself to the work of the sacred ministry. But the deeper and more spiritual reason is that the soul which is free from the bonds of earthly love, however noble and pure it may be, is better disposed for an ardent and unselfish love of God. And so, the perfect observance of the angelic virtue to which the priest has pledged himself will foster divine charity in his heart, and this increase of charity, in turn, will urge him to be ever faithful to his obligation of unsullied purity.

Saintly Quote of the Day (2009年10月23、24、25 日)

We should be cordial and affable with the poor, and with persons in humble circumstances. We should not treat them in a supercilious manner. Haughtiness makes them revolt. On the contrary, when we are affable with them, they become ore docile and derive more benefit from the advice they receive.---ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

Let not confusion for thy fault overwhelm thee with despair, as if there were no longer a remedy.---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

As all our wickedness consists in turning away from our Creator, so all our goodness consists in uniting ourselves with Him.---ST. ALPHONSUS.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Problems with my Facebook account

My Facebook account has NOT been functioning properly in the past few weeks.

I encounter the followings:

  • When trying to response to friend requests:

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  • When trying to open my Inbox:

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  • When trying to add others as friends:

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  • When trying to send message:

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  • When trying to response to chat:

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  • When trying to update my status:

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THE WORST……

  • When trying to connect with other “friends”:

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I have been trying to contact Facebook for the past week, but the problems have not been fixed yet (with over 300 Million users, they must be quite busy). So, for now, please do not contact me through Facebook. And if you know anything that can help to resolve the problems in my account, please let me know. (Do the error messages at the screen shots above mean anything to you?) Thanks.

UPDATE: Everything back to normal now!!! I deleted, removed, & revoked permissions to almost all the applications I had on Facebook. Maybe that had helped.