The Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 1898) teaches: “Every human community needs an authority to govern it (cf. Leo XIII, Immortale Dei; Diuturnum illud). The foundation of such authority lies in human nature. It is necessary for the unity of the state. Its role is to ensure as far as possible the common good of the society.”
We may recall that O Clarim was established when print and newspapers were the dominant media force in Macau. Today, the landscape has dramatically transitioned to a digital platform, where information is frequently sought and shared in real time.
Born to a rich family in southern France, Roch of Montpellier devoted himself to the care of the sick and the Catholic Church immortalized him with the status of protector against infectious diseases, patron saint of the invalids, surgeons and falsely accused people and defender of dogs. In Macau and around the world, devotion to Saint Roch was restored due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To thank the charitable saint for the protection he has extended over the city, the Catholic Diocese of Macau has recently released a book on his life and journey of faith.
There will be games, all sorts of entertainment and a dynamic environment as tradition dictates. The 2022 edition of Caritas Charity Bazaar will hopefully take place on the Nam Van waterfront in just over a month with the same vigor it had in pre-pandemic times, despite Covid-19’s long shadow over Macau.
The outcome of the different levels and methods of prayer must always be a stronger relationship with God and a greater compassion for our brother – represented in all of humanity.
A glimpse into the history and culture of the Protuket of Thailand, a group that truly represents a multiciplity of cultures coming together to unite in a sublime manner.
Self-indulgence and apathy can block our path to God, which results in eventually being separated from Him in eternity. To build a firm relationship with our Maker, we must first learn to put our treasures here on earth to the use of aiding our fellow underprivileged man.
The parable of Lazarus and the rich man is a cautionary tale of how wealth can lead us away from the kingdom of heaven if we do not use it to serve humanity, following the Word of God.
The University of Saint Joseph was elected to the Executive Secretariat of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities at the most recent General Assembly of ASEACCU, which took place in Phnom Penh from 23rd to 27th August. The local Catholic university was represented at the meeting by Dean Stephen Morgan and by Professor Joseph Álvaro Barbosa. O Clarim spoke with the vice-rector about the challenges ahead.
In Bite-Size Philosophy, we had taken up the four principles of the Church’s teaching on society: (1) the principle of the dignity of the human person (BSP 54), (2) the principle of the common good (BSP 73), (3) the principle of subsidiarity (BSP 74), and (4) the principle of solidarity (BSP 75). Here’s a brief review.