Books on Macau missionaries launched

– Jasmin Yiu

The International Institute of Macau (IIM) and the Catholic Diocese of Macau have jointly launched a new edition comprising three books of Bishop Arquimínio da Costa, Fr Lancelote Rodrigues and Fr Mário Acquistapace at the auditorium of the Bishop’s Palace on Tuesday, July 10.

In the launching ceremony, Rufino Ramos, Secretary-general of IIM, first introduced the three books, which are part of the series Missionaries for the 21st Century, and have now been translated into Chinese from Portuguese. Speaking to O CLARIM, Ramos said these three books cover the missionaries’ contribution to Macau’s society and culture. The missionaries are part of Macau’s memory and history that everyone in Macau should know. “The institute is now looking for someone to write the book of Fr Luis Ruiz Suarez and Fr Aureo Castro, hopefully we can launch them next year,” said Ramos.

THE EUCHARIST (1) – Sacrificial Memorial of Christ

 The Sacrifices of Melchizedek, Abel, and Abraham. Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna (Photo: The Lonely Pilgrim)

– Joni Cheng

For Christ being the Son of God, He also embraced the same love the Father has for man in His human heart, that He would “lay down His life for His friends” (John 15:13) and “loved them to the end” (John 13:1). Therefore, when the hour had come for Him to fulfil the Father’s plan of love (CCC 2605), our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood as a pledge of this love (CCC 1337). “Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph 5:2). So, through His Eucharistic presence, He can remain present in our midst under signs and communicate His love “as the one who loved us and gave Himself up for us” (CCC 1380). Therefore, the Eucharist is the memorial of His sacrifice (CCC 1357) and Christ’s Passover (CCC 1362).

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (72) – Do we really have to live with others?

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– Rev José Mario O Mandía

We have seen that language allows us not only to express our feelings (just as animals do), but also to communicate our thoughts to others. This ability to communicate makes it possible for us to associate with others, share ideas with them and work together towards common goals. Humans are social by nature. This is why Aristotle says that the one who does not live in society is either a beast or a god (cf Politics I, 2).

ST LAZARUS CELEBRATES THE FEAST OF SAINT ROCH (S ROQUE)


The parish of St Lazarus celebrated the feast of Saint Roch (S Roque), patron saint against pestilence, on Sunday, July 8 with a Mass at 9:30 AM presided by Most Reverend Stephen Lee, Bishop of Macau. Bishop Lee also led the faithful in procession after the Mass. Although the universal Church celebrates the feast in August, Macau celebrates it in July because of a special favor granted by the saint’s intercession on this month many years back. Photo by Ivan Leong.

STRIPPED OF EVERYTHING TO BE FREE AND CREDIBLE – 15 July 2018 – 15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Am 7:12-15; Eph 1:3-14; Mk 6:7-13

– Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

The gospel today opens with the sending out of the twelve. All disciples are sent, without exception. This indicates that the proclamation of the gospel is not a chore reserved for some members of the community.

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (12)

– Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

On the banks of the Buriganga river there are myriads of small boats, true water taxis, maneuvered by a single man. With one of his hands he moves the oar attached to the rail, and with one of his foot he maneuvers the rudder, when there is one. Only one passenger embarks at a time. There he stands – the oar man – stiff, with solemn air, an umbrella wide open and pointed forward as if holding a sword. On other occasions, pairs of women embark identified by the colorful saris.

CHURCH FATHERS (23) – Arnobius

– Anastasios

We talk now of a very little known early Christian apologist. I am quite sure that if I mention the name Arnobius of Sicca very few among my readers would know who he is.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SINOLOGIST PAOLO SANTANGELO – Exploring the Chinese psyche

– Aurelio Porfiri

Italy has devoted great energies to studying China. That is not by chance, if we consider our long history of contact with the Chinese world, that goes back much earlier than Matteo Ricci and the Jesuits. Paolo Santangelo is a very well known sinologist, author of several books and studies especially about Ming and Qing China.

MARIAN APPARITIONS (74) – Montichiari, Italy

The Blessed Mother appeared under the title of “Rosa Mystica” (Mystical Rose) at Montichiari in Northern Italy to Pierina Gilli. The purpose of this devotion was the reform of the religious and religious institutions. During the sixth apparition, Our Blessed Mother appeared with the two children of Fatima (Francisco and Jacinta) which shows Her appearance under the title of “Rosa Mystica” was a continuation of Fatima.

NEWS BRIEFS

– Tej Francis

VATICAN CITY

VATICAN ISSUES NEW DOCUMENT ON VOCATION OF CONSECRATED VIRGINS

(Catholic News Service) The Vatican has released a document that establishes norms and principles for women who dedicate their lives as consecrated virgins and their place in the life of the church. Presenting the new document at the Vatican press office July 4, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said it is the “first document of the Holy See that delves into the character and discipline of this way of life.”