Category Archives: Faith & Life

THE EUCHARIST (1) – Sacrificial Memorial of Christ

 The Sacrifices of Melchizedek, Abel, and Abraham. Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna (Photo: The Lonely Pilgrim)

– Joni Cheng

For Christ being the Son of God, He also embraced the same love the Father has for man in His human heart, that He would “lay down His life for His friends” (John 15:13) and “loved them to the end” (John 13:1). Therefore, when the hour had come for Him to fulfil the Father’s plan of love (CCC 2605), our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood as a pledge of this love (CCC 1337). “Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph 5:2). So, through His Eucharistic presence, He can remain present in our midst under signs and communicate His love “as the one who loved us and gave Himself up for us” (CCC 1380). Therefore, the Eucharist is the memorial of His sacrifice (CCC 1357) and Christ’s Passover (CCC 1362).

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (72) – Do we really have to live with others?

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– Rev José Mario O Mandía

We have seen that language allows us not only to express our feelings (just as animals do), but also to communicate our thoughts to others. This ability to communicate makes it possible for us to associate with others, share ideas with them and work together towards common goals. Humans are social by nature. This is why Aristotle says that the one who does not live in society is either a beast or a god (cf Politics I, 2).

CHURCH FATHERS (23) – Arnobius

– Anastasios

We talk now of a very little known early Christian apologist. I am quite sure that if I mention the name Arnobius of Sicca very few among my readers would know who he is.


– Aurelio Porfiri

Italy has devoted great energies to studying China. That is not by chance, if we consider our long history of contact with the Chinese world, that goes back much earlier than Matteo Ricci and the Jesuits. Paolo Santangelo is a very well known sinologist, author of several books and studies especially about Ming and Qing China.


– Vittorio Messori

There is a figure among many that can help to understand the difference between the Mediterranean countries and Great Britain. In 1987 – two years after the appointment of Gorbachev as head of the Soviet Union and two since the fall of the Berlin Wall – the Italian Communist Party (the largest in the whole of the West) still had a million and a half members. In France there were around 800,000 and in Spain over 300,000 thousand. At the same date, the Communist Party of the United Kingdom had a total of 12,000 members. Traditionally, the Communists have always been little more than a small folk minority.

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (71) – Do animals gossip?

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– Rev José Mario O Mandía

A long time back, we spoke about the relationship between reality, knowledge and language (Bite-Size Philosophy 4). We feel the natural need, even when we were babies, to communicate. At that stage, we could only cry or laugh. Eventually, we learn to express our thoughts to others.


On 10 July, at 6 PM, the launching of a new edition comprising three books of D Arquimínio da Costa, Fr Lancelote Rodrigues and Fr Mário Acquistapace in the Chinese language, missionaries who worked in Macau, will take place in the auditorium of the Macau Diocese.


Ez 2:2-5; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6

– Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

In Capernaum, Jesus expressed his admiration for the gesture of four men who brought down the roof of a house to introduce a paralytic (Mk 2: 4). Symbolically, it said that the door of the House of Israel was thus open to all. This is the scandal of the villagers. With his message and actions, Jesus broke the balance,  and is demolishing the house in which they have placed all their hopes. The series of questions they put are justified (vv. 2-3). What guarantees can   “the carpenter, the son of Mary” offer? For more than thirty years, he has done nothing but fix doors and windows, make hoes and plows, and they know his brothers and sisters. Where does the message that he expounds come from?  Who gives him the power to work wonders?

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (11)

– Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

The nearly fifteen million inhabitants of Dhaka are by themselves synonymous with a high probability of discontents, so that in the congested streets of this city it is common to cross with demonstrators of many and varied banners. Were you waiting for what? This is a polychrome screen of whole lives sprawled in the dusty and dirty road networks; lives that improvise survival among rickshaws and battered vehicles. However, among the amalgamation of trunks and people, with surprising regularity we are presented with magnificent silver carts pulled by thin and suffering horses. Poor animals, subject to such an ungrateful and cruel task, having as their only reward a few bales of hay a month, and the providential liquid without which no living creature goes far. Notwithstanding, his gaze is no longer meek and tender, as the semblance of his cousins is tender and gentle, no matter how arduous the task. Certainly conditioned by the panting heat the common of the mortals is here, and understandably, of occluded face. But soon it opens in a smile when requested, as with an old man with a long beard dyed the henna, which gives it an orange hue. Curious, like a pesky gaiato, he lurks through the curtains of a purplish crimson, more ornament and not so much solar lair, hanging from the ceiling of the quadrangular cubicle, the core of the showy carriage, the lofty symbol of the capital of Bangladesh. Incidentally, by the way, unique in the genre.

APOLOGIA (22) – Why was the Son of God born in a very humble village?


Objection 1: It seems very strange that the Son of God, as Jesus pretended to be, was born in a very humble village as Bethlehem. If he was the powerful man he claimed to be, he should be born in an important palace in an important city.