“In 2014, I had no idea there was an asylum seeker crisis there, a result of thousands of Pakistani Christians fleeing persecution in their native country. Over the years, I learned to become the advocate of these Christians, many of whom are nothing less than heroes.”
Month: February 2022
Out of the good treasures of the heart
Created in the image of God, each person possesses a fundamental goodness and dignity. However, our human nature bears the wound of original sin, making us inclined to evil and subject to error. “Man is divided in himself. As a result, the whole life of men, both individual and social, shows itself to be a struggle, and a dramatic one, between good and evil, between light and darkness” (CCC 1707) .
CHANCERY NOTICE – Pastoral Appointments
Bishop Stephen LEE has made the following appointments, effective from 1st March 2022.
One “no” and one “yes””
The terse gravity of this “no” and this “yes” makes us reflect deeply, remembering the stern warning of the Second Vatican Council: no one, “even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority”! (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 22).
The Plight of Filipino Workers in Macau
For several years, foreign workers have provided a valuable workforce in various establishments and households in Macau. Recently, the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll largely on their employment and their lives.
HEROES OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN THE EAST: The daily life of João de Brito (3)
It seems to us, therefore, that we can only understand João de Brito taking into account the Christian perspective that the Father’s Kingdom is not of this world. John’s actions stemmed from an infinite love for his neighbor that he wanted to spread among populations that did not know Jesus Christ. João’s daily life was therefore based on the Gospel; it was there that he found the strength to Christianize and to bear patiently (we can even say lovingly) all the obstacles he faced and all the sacrifices he went through. This man was happy because he believed that his activity led to the salvation of many of his brothers and that in this way he fully fulfilled the mission to which God had destined him. Living in the world, João lived for values that are not confined to our earthly existence.
What is the meaning of the Annunciation? We may speak of a double meaning: the Annunciation proclaims for us the Incarnation of Christ, and the Motherhood of Our Lady.
BITE-SIZE THEOLOGY (164): Can marriage be dissolved?
“A marriage which is ratified (ratum) and consummated (consummatum) cannot be dissolved by any human power or by any cause other than death” (Code of Canon Law – CCL, canon 1141).
Holy Shepherds of Fatima celebrated this Sunday
“Francisco and Jacinta are stimulated to put themselves at the service of this light [the light of God that radiated from Our Lady] that they put in their gaze, but which they want to transmit. A light of hope, a light of trust, and they offer themselves in prayer, offering their lives as a gift. And Lúcia, this seer who remains with us until she is 97 and whose name contains this light, becomes a witness to a hope, a witness to a promise”
JOURNEY WITH JOSEPH
“A wonderful book that will help you foster a greater love for St. Joseph…I highly recommend this book!” said Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, foremost Josephologist and author of Consecration to St. Joseph. Steve Ray, popular Catholic author and speaker says, “Journey with Joseph enables us to hear Joseph, though we have no recorded words from this silent saint.” Troy Guy, founder of Discover His Church, says it’s “an intimate experience with one of the greatest saints in history…!” And theologian Fr. Matthew Habiger, OSB, calls it “a real jewel.” When it comes to books about Saint Joseph, “you will not go wrong by starting with this one,” said Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB distinguished Josephologist and Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Vincent Seminary.