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FAITH ILLUSTRATED – Creed 05

Three Persons in One Nature – 1

LORD, COME AND SAVE US – Music by Aurelio Porfiri

Liturgical Mass Sheet

TO TELL TALE OF GOD’S LOVE DOWN THE AGES (8)

Sr Judith Yuen, FMM

God calls each one he loves from the time when he/she was in the womb of his/her mother. God has a plan for each one of us for our good. His love for the person is infinite and his desire is to have each one in full union with him and he will do anything to attain that purpose, that is also the ultimate goal of our existence.

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (48) – What has freedom got to do with responsibility?

Rev José Mario O Mandía

We have defined freedom as the ability to make conscious and intelligent choices. That is how we shape our lives. That is how we grow.

Let us talk about the consequence of this conscious and intelligent choice.

When I have chosen from among a variety of choices after weighing each choice carefully, I am aware that I am the one choosing, and the choice is mine, the action is mine. The act of choosing an action makes me the “owner” of that action, not someone else. This is why I often say that freedom brings ownership: it makes us owners of our actions.

HE INAUGURATED A NEW ERA – 21 JANUARY 2018 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (b)

Jon 3:1-5, 10; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

Jesus begins his ministry preaching the inauguration of the Kingdom of God.

Mark adds an emergency nature to the call to belong to the Kingdom ‘immediately!’ He wants to give a lesson of catechesis to anyone who one day feels called by Jesus. The passage does not refer to the vocation of priests and nuns. It speaks about the call of every person to be a disciple. It is about the vocation to baptism.

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – The Siam of Domingos de Seixas (3)

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

To make the film, director Chatrichalerm Yukol, better known as Than Mui, spent five years doing documentary research. Surveys that took him to Burma, Laos, Portugal – “testimonials of Domingos de Seixas of the kingdom of Ayuthaya are very well documented in the archives of Torre do Tombo” – and to Macau. No detail was overlooked. “I had to carefully read chronicles of the time, search archives, old paintings, archaeological remains.” Even a shipwreck off the coast of the Philippines proved to be a good database. A ship from Ayuthaya that had been shipwrecked 50 years after the death of the queen. “Everything that was found in it – dishes, chopsticks, candlesticks. etc, – represent the utensils of the time,” said the filmmaker, who is himself a diver.

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (8) – The Deuteronomic Covenant Renewed (Joshua)

Joni Cheng

The Book of Joshua is an epilogue to the Pentateuch where he finally led Israel into the Promised Land after being in the wilderness for 40 years.

Under the command of Joshua, Israel experienced a brief period of spiritual faithfulness and military success, where there were far fewer instances of covenant breaking in comparison to Moses’ time. This book showed a leadership contrast between Moses and Joshua, hence, the necessity of having Joshua accomplish what Moses could not.

CHURCH FATHERS (11) – Didaché

Anastasios

One of the most well known document of apostolic times is The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles or Didaché (“teaching”). According to some scholars, this short treatise was written in the first century, between 65 and 80.  It was a document that was held in high esteem by the first Church Fathers. We may consider this document a sort of catechism.

Daniel Esparza so describes this document in Aleteia (“The Doctrine of the Twelve Apostles: the Didaché,” July 12, 2016): “Both the author and the place where the Didaché was written remain unknown. The original text of the Didaché has survived in a single manuscript, the Codex Hierosolymitanus. Some scholars speak of a compiler instead of an author, who might have also written down some teachings directly from apostolic preaching, either in Syria or Egypt.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN K BASKERVILLE – Sex in the media

Aurelio Porfiri

In the last months, interest has peaked on the issue of sexual harassment, thanks to revelations coming from supposed and ascertained molestations by big names in the entertainment and media industries. Not a few people see the danger in condemning, labeling everything as sexual harassment, almost assuming that men are all per se defective and guilty and women are all victims and without any dark spot. We know this is not the case, but the way these issues are manipulated by politically correct media is very dangerous and we should be able to make important distinctions.

On November 16 2017 by Professor Stephen K Baskerville wrote in his article “The Sexual Revolution Turns Ugly” about these issues from a completely different perspective. He makes a more careful and detailed examination of what is at stake and why the story that people are telling us may be more complex than what we think.

MARIAN APPARITIONS (51) – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic, where the evangelization of the New World began, is under the protection of the Virgin under two titles: Our Lady of Mercy, the principal patroness who was so proclaimed in 1616 during the Spanish colonial rule, and the Virgin of Altagracia, Protector and Queen of the hearts of the Dominicans. “Tatica from Higuey,” as the natives of Quisqueya fondly refer to her, has her story and legend. There are historic documents that prove that in 1502, in the island of Santo Domingo, the Most Blessed Virgin was honored under the title of Our Lady of la Altagracia, whose portrait had been brought from Spain by Alfonso and Antonio Trejo, brothers who were among the first European settlers of the island. When the brothers moved to the city of Higuey, they took the image with them. Later they offered it to the parish church so that everyone could venerate it. The first shrine was completed in 1572, and in 1971 the present Basilica was consecrated.