Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!!

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It was a great joy for me to baptize and confirm 4 Chinese people at Easter Vigil last night.

May the good Lord keep them and guide them to holiness.

 

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This afternoon, I baptized 2 babies ( a baby boy and a baby girl). I myself was baptized 35 years ago on Easter Sunday with my cousin. Now I am a priest and she is a nun. You never know what kind of future is awaiting these little ones! I pray that these little ones of God will have a bright and holy future!

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Please take the time to listen to my Easter Sermon on Jesus overcoming sin and death for us.

http://fll.cc/images/stories/audio/fr-anthony-ho/Easter%202011.mp3

Wish you a blessed Easter season!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Latest Uploads to FLL.CC

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Just uploaded the talks of this year Lenten retreat (in Cantonese) to www.fll.cc (or www.fatheranthonyho.ca)

The talks are: Means of Holiness (part 1 & part 2), and Apparitions of Our Lady.

Please click HERE for the recordings and links to my articles on the topics.

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Just completed my series of articles on the moral virtues for The B.C. Catholic.

Please click HERE for the articles.

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Please click HERE for my latest talks given at prayer meetings.

The topic for April is: The Old Law (Moral Precepts, Ceremonial Precepts, Judicial Directives)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Photos (April 16-21)

Visited St. Bridget Chinese community in Los Angeles (April 16).

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in LA & Hollywood (April 17)

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Underground Mausoleum in the Cathedral

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Tomb of St. Vibiana

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Hollywood

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St. Michael Abbey (Norbertine Order) & Disneyland (April 18)

Brothers from Vancouver who are in formation. Please keep them in prayers.

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Disneyland

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Holy Thursday Mass with Washing of the Feet (April 21)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

6 Years Ago….

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,
After the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have chosen me -- a simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.
It consoles me that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with inadequate instruments, so above all, I entrust myself to your prayers.
In the joy of the Risen Lord, trusting in his unfailing help, let us move forward, that the Lord will help us and Mary, his Most Holy Mother, might be by our side. Thank you.”

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Message to Chinese Catholics from the Vatican (April 13 ,2011)

Vatican Commission sent a message to Catholics in China. Please read the whole message HERE.

  • We encourage the Bishops, together with their priests, to conform themselves ever more closely to Christ the Good Shepherd, to ensure that their faithful do not lack education in the faith, to stimulate a just industriousness and to strive to build, wherever they are lacking and are necessary, new places of worship and education in the faith and, especially, to form mature Christian communities.
  • As far as the sad episode of the episcopal ordination in Chengde is concerned, the Holy See, on the basis of the information and testimonies it has so far received, while having no reason to consider it invalid, does regard it as gravely illegitimate, since it was conferred without the Papal mandate, and this also renders illegitimate the exercise of the ministry. We are also saddened because this took place after a series of consensual episcopal ordinations and because the consecrating Bishops were subjected to various constrictions.
  • The external pressures and constrictions could mean that excommunication is not automatically incurred. However, there remains a grave wound, perpetrated on the ecclesial body. Every Bishop involved is therefore obliged to refer to the Holy See and find the means of explaining his position to the priests and faithful, renewing his profession of fidelity to the Supreme Pontiff, to help them to overcome their interior suffering and repair the external scandal caused.
  • With regard to the 8th National Assembly of Catholic Representatives, the words of the Holy Father, once again, are inspiring: “Considering ‘Jesus’ original plan,’ it is clear that the claim of some entities, desired by the State and extraneous to the structure of the Church, to place themselves above the Bishops and to guide the life of the ecclesial community, does not correspond to Catholic doctrine, according to which the Church is ‘apostolic’, as the Second Vatican Council underlined. […] Likewise, the declared purpose of the afore-mentioned entities to implement ‘the principles of independence and autonomy, self-management and democratic administration of the Church’ is incompatible with Catholic doctrine” (No. 7).
  • The choice of Pastors for the governance of the numerous vacant dioceses is an urgent necessity, and, at the same time, a source of deep concern. The Commission strongly hopes that there will not be new wounds to ecclesial communion, and asks the Lord for strength and courage for all of the persons involved. … we know that it is not entirely in our hands and we launch an appeal so that the problems do not grow and that the divisions are not deepened, at the expense of harmony and peace.
  • We have learnt with joy the news that the diocese of Shanghai can start the beatification cause of Paul Xu Guangqi, which will be added to that of Father Matteo Ricci, S.J.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pastoral Care of Couples Who are Cohabitating

Archbishop Michael Sheehan wrote a pastoral letter against cohabitation to be read at all the Masses on Sunday, April 3.

In the pastoral letter, the Archbishop stated:

  • First of all, we ourselves must be firmly rooted in the Gospel teaching that, when it comes to
    sexual union, there are only two lifestyles acceptable to Jesus Christ for His disciples: a single
    life of chastity, or the union of man and woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony. There is no
    “third way” possible for a Christian.  The Bible and the Church teaches that marriage is between
    one man and one woman and opposes same sex unions.
  • We have three groups of people who are living contrary to the Gospel teaching on marriage:
    those who cohabit; those who have a merely civil union with no previous marriage; and those
    who have a civil union who were married before. These people are objectively living in a state of
    mortal sin and may not receive Holy Communion.  They are in great spiritual danger. At the best
    - and this is, sadly, often the case - they are ignorant of God’s plan for man and woman. At the
    worst, they are contemptuous of God’s commandments and His sacraments.
  • Of these three groups, the first two have no real excuse. They should marry in the Church or
    separate.  Often their plea is that they “cannot afford a church wedding” i.e. the external
    trappings, or that “what difference does a piece of paper make?” - as if a sacramental covenant is
    nothing more than a piece of paper! Such statements show religious ignorance, or a lack of faith
    and awareness of the evil of sin.
  • The third group, those who were married before and married again outside the Church, can seek
    a marriage annulment and have their marriage blest in the Church.  Please remember that divorce
    still is no reason to refrain from Holy Communion as long as they have not entered into another
    marriage or sinful relationship.  Many Catholics are confused on this point. 
  • People in the above three situations cannot receive the Sacraments, with the important
    exception of those who agree to live chastely (“as brother and sister”) until their situation
    is regularized. Of course, those in danger of death are presumed to be repentant.
  • Our popular American culture is often in conflict with the teachings of Jesus and His Church.  I
    urge especially young people to not cohabitate which is sinful, but to marry in the Church and
    prepare well for it.
     

Please read the whole letter HERE.

Fr. Z’s blog has a commentary on the letter.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Holy Relics

Today, I had the joy of receiving holy relics from a monastery in Rome. The nuns prepared 40 thecae with 2 relics in each theca. Most of the relics are from the bones of the saints or blessed.

Some of the relics are from: St. Hilary, St. Cyril, St. Albert the Great, St. Alexander, St. Anthony the Abbot, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Leo the Great, St. Peter Chrysologus,  St. Justin, St. Cornelius, St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Apollonia, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gregory Nazianzen, St. Gregory of Nyssa,  St. Gerard Majella,  St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St. Philip Neri, St. Sixtus II, St. Paschal Baylon, St. Dorothy, St. Julia, and St. Francis Coll.  

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Last week, the young people of the youth group asked me to talk about holy relics this evening. So, I also brought the newly arrived holy relics and blessed them with the relics.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Some Inspirations from the Web

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This morning, I found a coup le inspiring videos. Last month, I was blessed to visit the Basilica in Fatima, where the bodies of the three seers are buried. Here is the video on the re-burial of Sister Lucia.

Here is the wonderful pro-life video about the “LIFE Mob” in Chicago.

 HERE is an explanation about the incident on April 2 by Fr. Z.

Please also visit an inspiring Blog of a hermit-priest who dedicates his life for the sanctification of Bishops and Priests.

HOLY SOULS HERMITAGE

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Please read Fr. Z’s post and Fr. Finigan’s post about Holy Souls Hermitage. And please consider supporting Father Byers.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

4th Sunday of Lent

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Today is the 4th Sunday of Lent. It is one of the two times during the year that priests can wear rose vestments. The Gospel of the day is on the Man Born Blind.

Please listen to my Sunday Sermon HERE.

You can also listen to my Chinese radio talk (broadcasted last night) on the same theme. 

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It was a great joy to baptize twin brothers this afternoon.

My series of articles on the Moral Virtues are continuously published at The B.C. Catholic newspaper. The latest article for April 4 is on Humility

Please visit www.fatheranthonyho.ca for other articles and recordings.