Category Archives: Faith & Life

INDISSOLUBILITY: A NECESSITY OF LOVE – 7 October 2018 – 27th Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

GEN 2:18-24; HEB 2:9-11; MK 10:2-16

– Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

In no other field, as in that of sexual ethics, man is tempted to give his own morals, and so the salt of the gospel proposal is often made insipid by many “buts,” “ifs,” “howevers,” and “depends.” Today’s gospel sheds light into this moral darkness of ours.

CHURCH FATHERS (28) – Saint Ephrem the Syrian

– Anastasios

Ephrem the Syrian (306-373) was an important writer, hymnographer and theologian in the IV century.  We know very little about his early years and the information we have are somehow in contradiction. We know that the Bishop of Nisibis (where Ephrem was born and that was then in Syria, today in Turkey), Jacob (or James), brought him to participate at the Council of Nicaea in 325. Then, after being in charge of a theological school in Nisibis he will retire in Edessa (also modern day Turkey), after his own city was invaded by the King of Persia. For this school he wrote great part of his works.

A PILGRIM’S NOTES – The need for listening

– Fausto Gomez OP

Some years ago, I was invited to reflect with the Australian Dominican Family on justice and peace in Dominican tradition and today. We closed our encounters with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. At the offertory, we presented our most relevant need at the time, hand written on small blank paper, and placed it on the altar to be offered to the Lord – with the bread and wine for consecration. Before the end of the celebration, each one of the participants got back his paper. I still keep mine: “Listening.”

MARIAN APPARITIONS (84) – Lipa, Philippines

Teresita Castillo was 21 years old when she fled her prominent home and followed her secret desire to become a Carmelite novice on July 4, 1948.  Within one month of her arrival into the convent, on July 31, 1948, satan visited her in her room and attempted to convince her to leave the convent.

IN MEMORY OF 19TH CENTURY MARTYRS SAINT ANDREW KIM TAEGON AND COMPANIONS — The Korean Church flourished with its martyrs

Miguel Augusto (*)

 

On 20 September, the Church celebrates the feast of Holy Martyr Andrew Kim Taegon and his companions (more than a hundred martyrs), laymen and priests who embraced Christ to the last breath. On May 6, 1984, at the Yeouido square in Seoul, the celestial crown of holiness descended upon them as they were canonized by Saint John Paul II, in the first canonization ceremony outside the Vatican, among a large crowd of Korean Christians. In Macau, parish priest Pedro Lee of the church of Saint Anthony told CLARIM that parishioners honor the martyr and his companions with a novena of Masses from September 12th to 20th . On the 20th, the feast day Mass is celebrated at 7:30 a.m.

 

Andrew Kim Taegon was born on August 21, 1821, into a deeply Christian Korean noble family in Solmoe, Dangjin, South Korea. Today the place hosts a Catholic Shrine. His father, because of the persecutions, had formed a “private church” in his home, in the image of the early church, where they prayed, the Gospel was preached, and the sacraments received. Everything went smoothly, until the father was denounced, ending up dying at forty-four, for not denying his faith in Jesus Christ.

ASK THE LITURGIST (14) — A True Christmas

Don Enrico Finotti

 

Our liturgies and Christian traditions are today disturbed by so many commercial distractions and so much clamor. Is it still possible to live a real Christmas?

 

Christmas has become world culture. Even non-Christian peoples have unconsciously assumed, in the current phenomenon of globalization, the mentality and customs proper to Christian Christmas. This fact in itself is good and is in some ways a prophecy of the day when the Gospel will be announced to the whole world. Even our society, now secularized, does not give up setting Christmas on symbols and traditions that are of Christian origin. The lights, the gifts, the meals, the tree, the songs, etc. they are all traditions that historically arise on the stock of Christian culture.

OCTOBER 1 – ST THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS — God’s little miracle worker from heaven and her “Little Way”

Fr Leonard E Dollentas

 

St Therese of the Child Jesus is a powerful intercessor and she is beloved by many. In fact, she is one of the most popular saints in the Catholic Church. If you have a devotion to St Therese it is most likely you have experienced the blessing of receiving a rose from her as a sign of her intercession.

I had an aunt with an interesting love story. She was a public school teacher in the 60s in our town in Southern Luzon, in the Philippines. In her late 20s, she was quite a town beauty with unique disposition and traits. She decided that she needed divine intervention to choose from among her suitors: an engineer working for the public works, a young man studying medicine, and a lawyer too shy and overly meditative that her father had mistaken him for the parish priest.

BITE-SIZE THEOLOGY (1) — What have reason and faith to do with each other?

Rev José Mario O Mandía
jmom.honlam.org

 

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know himself – so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves (cf Ex 33:18; Ps 27:8-9; 63:2-3; Jn 14:8; 1 Jn 3:2)” (Fides et ratio, 1). Thus St John Paul began his 13th encyclical letter (he issued fourteen).

APOLOGIA (27) — How can the Gospels report faithfully what has happened?

Anastasios

 

Objection 1: The Gospels were written decades after the events. Why they did not write immediately?

Objection 2: If the events were reported decades later, it means the memory of what had really happened cannot be accurate.

On the contrary, in John 6:66-69 it says: “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you want to go away as well?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,  and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.’”

ON A 5TH OF SEPTEMBER — Adoration

Paul Kung

                              

Today is the memory of St Teresa of Calcutta. We gratefully make memory of her love for Jesus, whom she adored in the Eucharist and whom she served in the flesh of the poorest of the poor: for her, one thing (adoration) naturally lead to the other (service).

The Eucharist and humanity (in its sufferings and in its destiny) are indeed linked together. “This is my body, this is my blood which will be given up for you…”