Daily Archives: December 1, 2017

FAITH ILLUSTRATED – Creed 02

God’s Nature and Attributes – 

MARANATHA – Music by Aurelio Porfiri

Liturgical Mass Sheet

INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY – Topic 11: Unity and Plurality in Theology (5)

José Morales
José Manuel Fidalgo

3.5 Pastoral theology

Pastoral theology pays special attention to the salvific [saving] aspects of the revealed message and to the dogmatic truth in so far as it has to be carried out and be made efficacious in the world through the mission of the Church. It focuses, therefore, on the study of the Church which always lives in concrete historical situations and on its evangelizing action.

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (41) – What makes humans unpredictable?

Rev José Mario O Mandía

We have seen that the behavior of plants and animals, their reaction to environmental stimuli, are predictable. Moreover, their responses can be conditioned. To a certain extent, man’s behavior can also be predicted and can also be conditioned. However, man can be capable of reacting in ways that are different from what could be expected. So the question is: what makes man unpredictable? What makes him a mystery?

WAITING FOR HIS COMING – 26 November 2017 – 1ST Sunday of Advent

Is 63:16b-17; 64:1, 3-8; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mk 13:33-37
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

The masters of Israel taught that, in the history of the world, there were four great nights. The first at the time of creation: The sun and the moon did not exist and it was night when God said, “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3). There was a second night, one in which God made the covenant with Abraham (Gen 15). Then a third, the mother of all nights, the liberation of Israel from Egypt; it was “this is the watch for the Lord—all Israel are also to keep vigil on this night, year after year, for all time” (Ex 12:42).

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Macau versus Cambodia (4)

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

After 1640 the Macau Senate decided to intensify trade with Macassar, Cambodia, Conchichina and Toquim. For these last three destinations, the Portuguese carried “silks, thin silk fabrics, quicksilver, vermilion, china wood, carpets, cangas (Chinese cotton cloth), ‘nunos’ (Chinese linen fabrics) crockery, pots and dishes.”

CHURCH FATHERS (8) – The Shepherd of Hermas

Anastasios

We can imagine that for new Christians, in the first centuries, many problems arose that had to be addressed. One of them was the way they need to approach sin. For example, in the first half of the second century, some were saying that you may not sin (they were talking of serious sins) after being baptized or you will be eternally damned. The people supporting this thesis were the rigorists, those who had a very strict interpretation of doctrine. But there were also other positions, as the one that is presented in the letter called The Shepherd of Hermas, a document written in Rome in the second century in Greek, that some of the Church Fathers had even included in the canonical books. This document is the report of some visions accorded to Hermas, visions that would reveal important truth concerning Christian life and doctrine.

LECTIO DIVINA (1) – Path to contemplation and compassion

Fausto Gomez OP

We all need to pray. We are creatures of God, God’s children, baptized in the Blessed Trinity. We are weak and needy:  “Beggars of God” (St Augustine). “Apart from me,” Jesus says, “you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). We need to pray especially today: there is generally too much action and noise, and little interior silence.

MAGISTERIAL AUTHORITY AND LITURGICAL REFORM (3) – What is the liturgy?

Rev José Mario O Mandía

Let us now turn our attention to the liturgy.

What does “liturgy” mean? The word “liturgy” comes from the Greek leitourgia which means a public duty, work, or service undertaken by a citizen for the state. In the Greek translation of the Old Testament (the so-called “Septuagint”), leitourgia is used to refer to the public service that the priests of the Old Law performed in the Temple (see, for example the book of Exodus).

MARIAN APPARITIONS (45) – Banneux, Belgium

On the evening of Sunday 15 January, 1933, at about seven o’clock, Mariette Beco was in the kitchen with her mother while waiting for her younger brother Julien to arrive home at their house in Banneux, a Belgian village. She looked out of the window into the dark night again, to see if he was coming, and was surprised to see a young lady out in the yard, seemingly made of light and smiling at her. Mariette noticed the oval light that surrounded her body; she was bent slightly forward and inclined to the left and was wearing a long white gown with a blue sash, as well as a transparent white veil on her head. Mariette could see a golden rose on her right foot and a rosary with a golden chain and cross hanging on her right arm, which was joined to the left in prayer.