Evil cannot be repaid with evil. It becomes a festering wound that staves off any inkling of peace. Peace requires a process of reflection, forgiveness and complete reliance on the Holy Spirit.
The conscience is like the captain of a ship who needs maps and reference points to navigate safely. The conscience cannot invent its own rules of morality. It needs a stable reference point independent of any individual’s whim or caprice. It needs to know what is truly good and what is truly evil so that it can judge correctly.
The world may preach the gospel of fame and power, but St John shows us that turning away from worldly allurements, the only way we can attain heaven is by imitating the humility of Jesus on the cross.
This is the dilemma that one of Macau’s oldest parishes currently faces. In the parish of Saint Lawrence, involving the younger generations in the liturgical life of the local Catholic communion has proved to be a challenge. Born in South Korea and facing the conundrum, Father James Ryu Jae Hyoung wants to better understand what worries and motivates young people in the parish. Nevertheless, there is hope: twenty children will celebrate their First Communion on June 19th.
The 56th World Communications Day will be celebrated this year on 29th May, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, with the theme: “Listening with the ear of the heart”.
New pro-life film Unplanned challenges the pro-choice stance significantly, and emphasizes human dignity and the value of the human person at every stage of development.
The University of Saint Joseph has recently been enriched with a donation of more than 25,000 tomes that will serve to reinforce the newly refurbished library at the Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy and help transform the institution into one of the largest centers of religious studies in East Asia.
Mary, be her title Sancta Maria Succurre Miseris or Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help), is always our safest refuge after Christ. Her titles as a reference to the help of Christians serve to remind us how much more we must trust in Our Lady in both our temporal and spiritual needs.
The Macau Cardinal Newman Center of Culture and Performing Arts’ prolife fortnight includes various programs to cultivate a culture of protecting the sanctity of life, among which are an art exhibition and three round-table discussions. The initiative – the second of its kind – is part of the Pro-life Programme, which will run until May 23rd.
Jesus’ acceptance of his Passion and Death, and the subsequent Resurrection, are a call to be present in the moment, to be accepting of whatever trial or triumph we may have to face today, with a love that attempts to equal his.