Friday, April 30, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
This article will be published on the April 26 issue of The BC Catholic newspaper.
April 25 was Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus is our merciful Saviour Who came to find the lost sheep. This week we are looking at the 'C' of Divine Mercy: completely trust in Jesus.
Jesus, I trust in You
The image of Divine Mercy is a reminder for us to put our trust in Jesus. St. Faustina saw the image on Feb. 22, 1931.
She wrote, "In the evening, when I was in my cell, I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand [was] raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red, the other pale."
Jesus asked the image to be painted with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus promised great blessings to those who honour the image. He said, "I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory."
In 1934 Jesus explained: "The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls."
Jesus taught St. Faustina a beautiful invocation: "O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You."
He said, "When you say this prayer with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion."
Vessel of grace
Trust is the “soul” of the Devotion to Divine Mercy. One day Our Lord taught St. Faustina the importance of trust. He said, "The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive."
Throughout the diary of St. Faustina there are numerous messages of Jesus encouraging sinners to trust in His mercy:
"The greatest sinners would achieve great sanctity if only they would trust in My mercy."
"The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy."
"He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine."
"There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted it increases."
Faith in the sacraments
Through St. Faustina Jesus urges all of us to approach the sacraments of penance and Holy Eucharist with lively faith and trust.
Jesus complained to St. Faustina about the lack of faith among people. He said, "Know, My daughter, that when I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay any attention to Me; they leave Me to Myself and busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I am that souls do not recognize love! They treat Me as a dead object."
Regarding the sacrament of penance Jesus said, "Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flow down upon your soul and ennoble it.... Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great there is no limit to My generosity."
May we always offer prayers and approach the sacraments with great trust in the grace and mercy of Jesus.
「神聖慈悲」畫像，提醒我們要信賴耶穌。該畫像原屬聖女傅天娜St. Faustina 在一九三一年二月二十二日的神視。她寫道：「黃昏，我在我的房間內，見到我主耶穌身穿雪白長袍，提起右手降福，左手輕觸心窩位置，而從該心窩位置，透出兩道強光，一紅色，一蒼白色。」耶穌囑咐聖女把這神視，以畫像描繪出來，然後套上「耶穌，我信賴祢」的短句。
耶穌對聖女說：「我的女兒，當妳來辦告解時，來到這慈悲的泉源時, 從我心中流出的血和水會傾流到妳的靈魂，使妳變得更尊貴...。此間，靈魂的不幸與天主的慈悲相遇。請告訴人靈: 靈魂只有藉「信賴」的器皿從這慈悲的泉源裡獲得恩寵。如果他們有强大的信賴，我的慷慨會是無限的！」
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Today, I am very grateful to receive the sacred relic (the beard) of a Vietnamese Martyr from a friend.
St. Andrew Thong Kim Nguyenc. 1790-1855
In 1855 the Vietnamese emperor Tu Duc issued a further decree against the Catholic faith, ordering that every western missionary must be beheaded and that “his disciples must be beheaded with their master.” Tu Duc also ordered all churches, chapels, and seminaries to be burned down. Andrew Thong Kim Nguyen, of Go Thi, Vietnam, was a Catholic village chief and catechist who strove to bring his immoral grandson to repentance by his admonitions. The obstinate young man retaliated by betraying his grandfather to the pagan authorities. Following his capture, Andrew was urged to win clemency by apostatizing, but he adamantly refused to deny his faith. In the end, the judges showed a measure of pity toward the aged defendant, choosing to exile him rather than sentencing him to death. Nonetheless, the journey into exile proved too much for Andrew’s frail constitution. Before reaching his destination, he died from dehydration and exhaustion.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This article was published at The BC Catholic newspaper (April 19 issue)
Last week we reflected on the "A" of Divine Mercy: ask for mercy. This week we move on to reflect on the "B" of Divine Mercy: be merciful.
Ways of mercy
Jesus explicitly told St. Faustina to be merciful. He said, "My daughter, if I demand through you that people revere My mercy, you should be the first to distinguish yourself by this confidence in My mercy. I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me.
"You are to show mercy to your neighbours always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbour: the first, by deed; the second, by word; the third, by prayer.
"In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy."
In 1937 St. Faustina was assigned as porter of the religious house. There were some poor people who would come to the door more than once on the same day. The saint would treat them with great gentleness and respect. The poor people would open their hearts and speak freely of their troubles and needs. She observed that "sometimes more is given when giving nothing than when giving much in a rude manner."
St. Faustina was very charitable in listening and consoling others. Her heart was always open to the sufferings of others. Because of this, she was nicknamed "dump," for everyone could dump one's pain into her heart.\
Pray for others
One of the outstanding ways St. Faustina practised mercy towards others was by prayer. Our Lord told her, "Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties, obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least.
"Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moments depends on your prayer. You know the whole abyss of My mercy, so draw upon it for yourself and especially for poor sinners."
St. Faustina wrote, "We do not know the number of souls that is ours to save through our prayers and sacrifices; therefore, let us always pray for sinners."
Our Lord asked St. Faustina to pray for sinners at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. He said, "At 3 o'clock implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony.
"This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My passion."
Apostle of mercy
Blessed Michael Sopocko (1888-1975) was the spiritual director and confessor of St. Faustina. He was the main promoter of the saint's revelations.
Regarding Father Sopocko, Jesus said, "Through him it pleased Me to proclaim the worship of My mercy. And through this work of mercy more souls will come close to Me than otherwise would have, even if he had kept giving absolution day and night for the rest of his life, because by so doing he would have laboured only for as long as he lived; whereas, thanks to this work of mercy, he will be labouring till the end of the world."
Through the efforts of Father Sopocko, the Divine Mercy devotion was made known to many. In 1947 he founded the Congregation of Sisters of Merciful Jesus according to the instructions given by Jesus to St. Faustina.
Its members proclaim the mercy of God to the world and obtain mercy for the world by prayer. Today the members continue to surrender themselves to God and perform works of mercy.
耶穌清楚地向聖女瑪利亞.傅天娜St. Maria Faustina Kowalska說：「女兒，假如我要藉着妳讓世人尊崇我的慈悲，妳首先要是突顯信賴我的慈悲的第一個人。我要求妳，因愛我之故，在任何光景，妳都要對所有人、表達慈悲之心，絕對不能有半點退縮。我告訴妳三點實踐慈悲的方法：第一、以行動，第二、以言語，第三、以祈禱。這三點均能帶出我豐富的慈悲，亦印證了對我的愛，也等於光榮了、尊崇了我神聖慈悲的心。」
一九三七年，聖女被指派看守修院大門。有些貧苦的人混水摸魚，一日多次卻佯作首次到修院尋求施捨，聖女總是和顏悅色地對待他們，使他們後來亦樂意坦誠向她表達所需和困難。聖女觀察到:「有時候, 不能施予的人, 相比粗暴地多施予的人，所給予的付出其實是更多。」故此，她樂於開放心窩，滿有愛心地去安慰、去聆聽；因而得了「收集箱」的外號——專門收集別人的苦痛。
耶穌要聖傅天娜每天下午三時為罪人祈禱；祂說：「在下午三時, 把你自己浸入我的苦難中, 尤其在我感到被捨棄的那一刻所受的憂苦中吧。這是對普世廣施慈悲的時刻。凡在下午三時，誰因我苦難的功勞向我祈求恩典, 我必不拒絕。」
真福彌額爾.蘇樸梏Bl. Michael Sopocko (1888-1975)神父是聖傅天娜的告解神師，他是主要推動聖女神視的人。耶穌向聖女談及蘇樸梏神父，說：「我喜歡藉着他來宣揚對我慈悲的敬禮。此慈悲工作將能幫助更多的靈魂來接近我, 甚致比較他日以繼夜地給人赦罪還要多。因為他只能在生時給人赦罪, 但藉此慈悲工作, 他將一直工作至世界窮盡。」
真福蘇樸梏神父的努力，使神聖慈悲敬禮得以廣傳。一九四七年，真福遵從聖傅天娜轉達耶穌的吩咐，創立了慈悲耶穌女修會Congregation of Sisters of Merciful Jesus，一方面專務為世界求取神聖慈悲而祈禱，另方面積極宣揚神聖慈悲並實踐神形哀矜，迄今不渝。
Today (April 21) is the Feast of Conrad of Parzham (1894). Like St. Faustina, he worked as porter in his religious community. This position offered endless opportunities for the excercise of charity, patience, tact and apostolic zeal.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Prayer for the Pope (written by Leo XIII)
O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervor the sacred Victim of love and peace.
Wherefore, O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in unison with him.
Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: "The peace of the Lord be with you always," grant, O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power. Amen.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Today, I received a relic prepared in 1959. The reliquary has a handle for priest, the priest can hold the relic for people to kiss during veneration.
Inside is the relic of Blessed Mary of Providence, who had great devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
This relic reminded me of Blessed Solanus Casey who promoted the Seraphic Mass Association (http://www.seraphicmass.org/). Now you can request Gregorian Masses (30 Masses for a deceased person) from them on-line (suggested offering $150 US):
This article was published at the Pax Sinica column on The BC Catholic (April 12)
Last Sunday was Divine Mercy Sunday. Devotion to the Divine Mercy was proclaimed by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), a Polish nun who received private revelations from Our Lord. These revelations were written down in the saint's personal diary.
They can be summed up with "ABC": A: ask for mercy; B: be merciful; and C: completely trust in Jesus. In these few weeks, we are going to explore each of these three elements.
A powerful prayer
On Sept. 14, 1935, the Lord Jesus taught St. Faustina a powerful prayer, the chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Here are the instructions given by Our Lord: "First of all, you will say one Our Father and Hail Mary and the I Believe in God. Then on the Our Father beads you will say the following words: 'Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.'
"On the Hail Mary beads you will say the following words: 'For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.' In conclusion, three times you will recite these words: 'Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.'"
Hope for sinners
The chaplet is a source of hope for sinners. Jesus said, "Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy."
Our Lord told St. Faustina that He would grant great graces to souls who say the chaplet, and that it pleases Him to grant everything people ask of Him by saying the chaplet.
Comfort of the dying
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a wonderful prayer for the dying. Jesus promised that those who pray the chaplet would be embraced by His mercy at the hour of death.
God the Father once said to St. Faustina, "At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God's anger is placated, and unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy will be moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son."
Jesus Himself said, "When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Saviour."
St. Faustina experienced firsthand the power of the chaplet for the salvation of the dying. In the afternoon of Dec. 12, 1936, St. Faustina entered the ward of a dying person whose agony had begun at midnight. The saint heard a voice telling her to pray the chaplet. She prayed and the dying person suddenly opened her eyes and looked at the saint. Then she died with extraordinary peace.
A similar incident took place in the evening of March 22, 1937. A dying young man was in terrible agony. St. Faustina again heard a voice telling her to say the chaplet. Feeling the majesty and justice of God, the saint kept on begging for mercy for the young man.
She prayed God to grant him the grace of a happy death. Finally, his suffering ceased and he died peacefully. On some occasions the saint was able to see demons around the dying person, but while she prayed the chaplet the evil spirits fled and the dying died in the Lord with great trust and peace.
上主日我們剛渡過了復活節第八天慶期，也就是眾所熟悉的「神聖慈悲主日」。神聖慈悲敬禮是由一位波蘭修女聖瑪利亞.傅天娜St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)，得到主耶穌私人啓示後，向世界公告。私人啓示的詳情，均記載在聖人的日記中。整體而言，有關啟示可分三個部份：一、祈求慈悲；二、憐憫；三、信賴耶穌。我們就按次序，分週探討這三部份。
Monday, April 12, 2010
Last Friday, I led a retreat & exposition of relics for the Confirmation students from Corpus Christi Parish
On Saturday, I did another exposition at St. Patrick’s High School for adults who attended the Spring Institute of the Archdiocese. Here are some new relics I used for the exposition.
Spiritual Director of St. Faustina (Divine Mercy):
Bone of Blessed Maria Droste zu Vischering (the 2nd St. Margret Mary--- her private revelations prompted Pope Leo XIII to consecrate the whole human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus):
Seven Spanish Martyrs (Bone & clothes wore by them when executed):
Martyr from Thailand:
Bone relic of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, who was a lover of holy relics herself:
Here are some beautiful quotations from Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich about holy relics:
“It was before her last confinement, and she had begged me for some kind of holy relic to support her, so I gave her this little bundle, which I saw shining and as though it had once been in contact with the Mother of God.” – Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
“I did not then know its exact contents, I only saw that it shone, that it was a holy relic and had been in contact with the Mother of God.” – Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
“They are shining: what treasures we possess, more valuable than a kingdom.” – Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
“Take care of that label! The relic shines; it is authentic!” – Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I am very grateful to receive some sacred relics.
They came on time for the upcoming expositions this Friday & Saturday.
Relic on the right: bone relic of St. Giovanni from Triora (was given to me yesterday)
Relic on the left: criminal gown worn by St. John Gabriel Perboyre at his execution and burial (I received this one couple years ago)
13 Spanish Martyrs:
Spiritual Masters (left- St. St. Pio of Pietrelcina [Padre Pio] & right- St. Louis de Montfort):
Child Martyr of Purity:
Pro-Life Saint--- St. Gianna Molla (cloth relic inside the white paper):
She gave birth to her last daughter on Holy Saturday, 1962. And last week, her husband, Pietro Molla died also on Holy Saturday. Today is the funeral of Pietro.
Please read the news article HERE