Category Archives: Faith & Life

CHURCH FATHERS (43) – Palladius of Helenopolis



Origen had a very strong influence on Christian thought in his time and after. Another example is the influence he had on Palladius of Helenopolis (368-431), author of the hagiographic collection called Historia Lausiaca (because it was addressed to a certain Lauso). This book was quite important because it is an account of monastic life of that time and is a very good source of information. As said before, our Palladius was an admirer of Origen, and was not alone in this. We have seen, however, that certain doctrines of Origen were not orthodox.

BITE-SIZE THEOLOGY (19) – Who wrote the Bible?

Rev José Mario O Mandía

“God’s Letter to Men.” This is how St John Chrysostom (347-407) called the Sacred Scripture. And this is what we believe since the time of the Apostles: that the Bible came from God.

The CCC (no 105) tells us that “God is the author of Sacred Scripture. ‘The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit’ (Dei Verbum 11).”

OUR LADY OF LOURDES – Comforter of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my suffering

Maria Kwak


Last Monday was the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes who appeared in Lourdes, France in 1858. Our Lady of Lourdes is known for many miraculous cures. In many instances, those who are suffering from illness travel to Lourdes for the miracle of cure.

“Happy is a synonym for holy” – 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Jer 17:5-8; 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20; Lk 6:17, 20-26


Pope Francis



… Nothing is more enlightening than turning to Jesus’ words and seeing His way of teaching the truth. Jesus explained with great simplicity what it means to be holy when He gave us the Beatitudes (cf Mt 5:3-12; Lk 6:20-23). (63)



The Beatitudes are like a Christian’s identity card. So if anyone asks: “What must one do to be a good Christian?”, the answer is clear. We have to do, each in our own way, what Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount… In the Beatitudes, we find a portrait of the Master, which we are called to reflect in our daily lives. (63)

SAINT THEODORE, SOLDIER – Sanctity is heroism

Aurelio Porfiri


News can be alarming sometimes. Like right now, it seems that white should be now called black and vice versa. There is much talk of virility as a possible object of discussion and not as a fundamental attribute of man. Unfortunately some want to confuse virility with violence, so that virility in itself is disqualified. In fact, criticizing virility would be like criticizing femininity, which is certainly a beautiful and qualifying characteristic of every woman.

A PILGRIM’S NOTES – Reading good books



There is in Macau a chain of restaurants that provide, with just a minor order, free coffee for the elderly. One may see many of these elderly reading avidly the daily newspapers. Men and women reading remind me of my father who was also an avid reader since his youthful days. My father was a farmer in love with his land and his town mates. He loved to read the journals or newspapers he was able to put his eyes on, at that time not many really. I could see how much he learned from reading. I began to appreciate reading from him. It was later on that I really treasured reading the classics and other good publications.


Faustinus and Jovita were brothers, nobly born, and were zealous professors of the Christian religion, which they preached without fear in their city of Brescia in Lombardy, during the persecution of Adrian. Their remarkable zeal excited the fury of the heathens against them, and procured them a glorious death for their faith.

CHURCH FATHERS (42) – Saint John Climacus

– Anastasios

When we talk of Saint John Climacus (525-605), we talk of a great protagonist of monasticism. He was a monk a the Mount Sinai Monastery, where he entered when he was 16. His monastic life at the beginning was more of a hermitic character. He was then abbot of that monastery. Because of his work called The Ladder of Divine Ascent he was called Climacus (ascending). His book had a lot of success, making him a reference for those looking for excellent teachings in spirituality.

BITE-SIZE THEOLOGY (18) – How about the Bible?

– Rev José Mario O Mandía

The First Vatican Council defined the Bible in chapter 2 of its Dogmatic Constitution Dei Filius as the collection of books which, “written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, have God as their author, and have been entrusted as such to the Church.”

FEAT NOT, BE BOLD, FOR GOD IS WITH US! – 3rd February 2019, 4th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Jer 1:4-5, 17-19; 1 Cor 12:31 - 13:13; Luke 4:21-30

– Paul Yeung

Luke puts this episode at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry for a reason. The remarkable contrast between the initial acceptance and admiration and the subsequent rejection of Jesus is signature of His whole ministry.