CHURCH FATHERS (40) – Apollinaris of Laodicea

– Anastasios

We talked before of Saint Apollinaris [bishop of Hierapolis], a Christian apologist of the second century. Now we talk of another Apollinaris, whom some call “the younger” (310-390). He was a fighter of the Arian doctrine and was very well versed and knowledgeable. Nevertheless he was not exempt from big mistakes, especially for some Christological thesis. These theses were condemned by the Second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople.  His error (you may call it heresy) was thus called “Apollinarianism.”

BITE-SIZE THEOLOGY (16) – Does the Bible tell us everything we need to know?

– Rev José Mario O Mandía

We have seen previously that God revealed himself fully with the coming of Jesus Christ. We have also seen that Jesus Christ chose successors who could continue his work of transmitting revelation down to the end of time. These successors have handed down through the centuries what is called the Deposit of Revelation. It is called a “deposit,” much like money is deposited in a bank for it to be kept safely and for it to grow.

DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU – 21ST January 2019 – 2nd Sunday In Ordinary Time

Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-12

– Shiu Lan

This Sunday’s Gospel reading tells us about Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine in Cana of Galilee. When we pray the Second Luminous Mystery of the Rosary, we also reflect on this miracle that happened at a wedding feast that Jesus and his mother attended. This miracle relates us to our heavenly mother Mary’s sensitivity not only to our spiritual wellbeing but also to our earthly needs. She intercedes for us before our asking.

ST MARGARET OF HUNGARY (1242-1271) – Only interested in a heavenly throne

Margaret, the daughter of King Bela IV of Hungary, was offered to God before her birth, in petition that the country would be delivered from the terrible scourge of the Tartars. The prayer having been answered, the king and queen made good their promise by placing the little girl in the Dominican convent at Vesprim. Margaret was three years old. Here, in company with other children of the nobility, she was trained in the arts thought fitting for royalty.

ASK THE LITURGIST (22) – Billboards and posters in church

– Enrico Finotti

I would like to understand the widespread habit of filling churches with billboards and posters. Is not it rather unseemly, at least in some very beautiful churches?

The many posters that invade our churches are now a rampant custom and it is not easy to resist this trend. On the one hand, the national and diocesan pastoral offices offer an exorbitant material with an almost weekly publication of posters relating to the now continuous theme days; on the other the catechesis and the various parish groups want to show their activity with posters, drawings, photographs of various kinds and of different compositional quality.

THE LESSER-KNOWN ANTHONY – Solitary struggles

Aurelio Porfiri

Many years ago, during one of my first stays in Macau, I was asked to direct a choir for the feast of Saint Anthony in June. I said that I was happy to be able to celebrate St Anthony of Padua with them; then my Portuguese interlocutor said: “You wanted to say Saint Anthony from Lisbon.” We talked about the same saint, but nationalities played an important role.

DOING THE FATHER’S WILL – Mary, Mother of God and God’s Servant


Mary is the Mother of God – and our Mother. She is God’s servant and does God’s will.

MARY, MOTHER OF GOD – Mary is the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God (cf. Lk 1:26-38). In the Immaculate Conception Shrine in Washington DC, there is a lovely statue of Mother and Child, presiding a side altar, with the inscription: More Mother than Queen.” I love it! Queen also, of course; but above all, Mother of Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Mary.

A READER’S RANDOM NOTES – Faith in daily life

– Maria Kwak

First, a bit about myself. I am a native of Seoul, South Korea and now pursuing a master’s degree in History and Heritage Studies at University of Saint Joseph since September, 2018. My family had been Catholic since the 18th century, surviving a number of persecutions. I spent my formative years in New Zealand and Canada. My first pilgrimage to Lourdes, France in 2008 was a life-altering experience, which led me to take another spiritual journey to Seville, Spain. There I wrote Fell in Love With Andalusia (2014) dedicated to the UNESCO World Heritage sites and cultural heritage in Andalusia. An encounter with sisters at 13th century monastery Real Monasterio de San Clemente established by the Order of Cistercians made a profound influence on my spiritual awakening.

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (36)

– Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

Upon our arrival we were indeed intrigued with a small bonfire in the middle of the road that a middle-aged man at times revived with the help of a long stick. It is, as Sangay reports, a ritual of cremation known among peoples of Tibetan origin as “fova.” When some member of these communities dies, part of his personal objects is distributed to the most needy, while the rest is burned as evidence of total detachment from the material things of this world. During their sojourn in the kingdom, the two Portuguese priests must have witnessed ceremonials of the sort, for Estevão Cacela gives us news of this and other similar practices. Concerning the “fova,” for example, he writes: “After the death of a man they divide what they find in him with the most of the people in order that his soul goes well in the other life, and those who were absent at the time of its death bring to the king the main things of the deceased and with them they make their prayers.”

HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE – Vatican releases details on Protection of Minors Meeting

(Vatican News) The Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, on Wednesday provided journalists with further information regarding “The protection of minors in the Church” Meeting, to be held in the Vatican from 21 to 24 February 2019.