O Clarim presents a five-part series this Lent, authored by Fr. Fausto Gomez OP. In the first article of this series, Fr Gomez explores the profound significance of Lent, inviting readers to embark on a transformative journey of self-reflection and spiritual renewal. Through insightful reflections and practical wisdom, he offers guidance on how to make the most of this sacred season, encouraging us to embrace the opportunity for growth and deeper communion with God.
In the heart of a bustling city, amidst the daily routines and responsibilities, there exists a group of compassionate souls dedicated to serving the most vulnerable members of their community. Amidst their selfless efforts, they find profound joy and fulfillment, recognizing the presence of Christ in the faces of the children they serve.
Why is it that on the second Sunday of Lent, the Church wants us to reflect on the transfiguration of Jesus? What happened on the top of that mountain was to strengthen the faith of the disciples who were about to face the scandalous death of their master on the cross. Like the three disciples, we also have to descend from that mountain, face our challenges and trials, and be transformed by God’s unfathomable love.
For Origen, however, knowledge of the Scripture was not enough. One needed to pray with Scripture and fall in love with Christ as a consequence.
Macau, the enchanting blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures, holds a rich history of religious traditions. Among the various devotions cherished by the Catholics of Macau, the veneration of Senhor Bom Jesus dos Passos (Our Lord Bom Jesus dos Passos) stands out as a remarkable testament to the enduring faith and cultural heritage of this vibrant city.
His last temptation was to take revenge! Jesus could have made a claim on the cross to the soldiers and his persecutors, “I will teach you all a lesson when in three days I rise again.” Most stories of our days end in such successful vengeances! He prevailed over anger and vengeance in that last temptation too. He is the ultimate winner!
Origen was the oldest son in a large Christian family. He was probably born in Alexandria itself, around 185 AD. His father Leonidas, who had taught him Scripture and secular subjects, was martyred in 202 AD. Origen himself had a passionate longing for martyrdom.
Reflect, today, upon this leper. Try to understand his isolation and loss. Try to understand his humility and faith. And seek to imitate the way that he comes to our Lord. Do not be afraid to humble yourself before God as you acknowledge the sins and other needs you have….He will not let you down.
In Macau, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of China on the first day of the Lunar New Year; however, our diocese is unique in observing this feast, as other places around the world celebrate it on the Saturday preceding the second Sunday.
The Apostolic and Sub-apostolic Fathers worked to defend the faith and explain it. As the Church grew, there was a need to make a more systematic, all-encompassing and precise exposition of the Faith to teach the new converts. This saw the formation of theological schools.