Daily Archives: February 2, 2018

FAITH ILLUSTRATED – Creed 05

Three Persons in One Nature – 3

THERE’S A WIDENESS IN GOD’S MERCY – Music by Aurelio Porfiri

Liturgical Mass Sheet

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

2017 in the Catholic Diocese of Macau

LEST YOU BE JUDGED

Aurelio Porfiri

It is interesting to consider how distant we are from what we believe. Sometimes we may think ourselves to be good Catholics when as Catholics we ought to recognize that we are not good, only God is Good.

One of the most recurring issues that we can often find is that one of judging others. Of course this is a thing of the world, but we should be different and we are not. In the gospel of Luke (6:37) we read: “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged.” So, if you want to stay away from judgement, start not doing it yourself. But we know that this is seldom observed. And there are many evils attached to this. I would like to point two of them.

CHURCH FATHERS (12) – Saint Justin Martyr

Anastasios

When we talk of Saint Justin, we are talking of one of the foremost apologists of the early Church. He was known for his ardent desire to defend the faith in the face of those that oppose it. Let us read some passages about the life of Justin from Catholic Encyclopedia:  “The date of his birth is uncertain, but would seem to fall in the first years of the second century. 

WHY? WHY SUFFERING? WHY ME? – 4 FEBRUARY 2018 – 5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Job 7:1-4, 6-7; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39
May Tam
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When I was told that there is no theoretical answer to human sufferings and miseries, honestly I was not only disappointed but I started to doubt and query my faith in God. When I read about Pope St John Paul II’s apostolic letter Salvifici Doloris which addresses this question of suffering from a Christian understanding, then what once seemed senseless suddenly became meaningful. In fact, it is because suffering itself is such a mystery that one cannot explain purely by human reasoning. It has to be dealt with spiritually and theologically.

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (50) – What makes a man more free?

Rev José Mario O Mandía

We have seen that certain factors can limit our interior freedom: a hyperactive imagination, ignorance, error, intense emotions like fear and anger, and a weak will. We have also seen, however, that freedom makes us capable of going beyond those constraints. A person can force himself to do something he does not feel like doing (like getting out of bed in the morning, or being kind to a rude or boring person, or rising again from a failure and so on), and that is a sign that he is truly free.

MARIAN APPARITIONS (53)

Damascus, Syria

The Saidnaya Convent is located in the mountains 20 miles north the city of Damascus in Syria. The convent was founded in the year 547. It rises above the town like a veritable fortress and is dedicated to the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos (“Mother of God” in Greek). The Icon of the All-holy Virgin is believed to be one of four icons extant that were painted by St Luke the Evangelist himself.

NEWS BRIEFS

Tej Francis

VATICAN CITY

Pope condemns ‘fake news’ in annual message on Social Communications

(Catholic culture) Pope Francis condemned “fake news” and called for a “journalism of peace” in his message for the World Day of Social Communications.

The Pope said that false news-which he described as “disinformation online or in the traditional media”-serves partisan political purposes. Fake news, he said, builds upon “stereotypes and common social prejudices.” He argued that in the internet era, the development of “homogenous digital environments” contributes to a situation in which inaccurate reports are not corrected or challenged.

CHINA-VATICAN DIALOGUE – Counting on the Church’s spiritual strength

On 22 January, John Baptist Lin of Asianews reported that the previous month “Mgr Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou (Guangdong) was forced to go to Beijing where ‘a foreign prelate’ from the Vatican asked him to leave his see to illicit bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang. He had received the same request last October. Mgr Joseph Guo Xijin, ordinary bishop of Mindong, is expected to become the auxiliary or coadjutor of illicit Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu.”