“We have books in our hands, but the facts before our eyes,” said Saint Augustine in speaking of fulfillment of the prophecies in the Scriptures by Jesus. Jesus’ facts were his miracles, his gestures of compassion, his forgiveness of sinners, and the sacrifice of his life for us. The eyes of our sons and daughters, of our pupils, or of our coworkers are fixed on us too: they expect not perfection but love; not convincing eloquence, but truth. They want to “see” that God’s mercy can truly permeate, (or better, “anoint”) all our life, all our actions, all our dreams, even our failures: nothing excluded.
His trip was noticed, accidentally, by news agency Rome Reports, and the video and a photograph went viral. Their director, Javier Martinez-Brocal, said he was waiting for a friend at a taxi stand, when he saw a small car with Vatican number plates. It was parked outside an old record shop, notably, with police cars around. That caught his attention.
Marriage is a covenant for the sake of the husband and wife and their children (cf CCCC 338). Hence, it should have certain characteristics that guarantee the good of spouses and their offspring. These are: (1) unity; (2) indissolubility; (3) fidelity; and (4) openness to fertility and life (cf CCCC 495).
Of Galician origin, João Bermudes first embarked for India in April 1515 in the fleet of Lopo Soares de Albergaria.
God wants all people to live healthy lives. That means we have to take the time to learn about vaccinations and how they can promote our health. They are safe and effective gifts from God Himself.
“To ignore the Word of God is to ignore Christ,” Father Eduardo Aguero declared, using the words of St Jerome. The Argentinian priest, who tends to the Portuguese-speaking flock that attends Sunday Mass at the parish of Our Lady of Carmel, created a Bible study group and provides the lectors in Taipa with workshops on the Holy Scriptures every month. This year, the Sunday of the Word of God will be celebrated on the 23rd of January. D. Stephen Lee Bun-sang will meet with local lectors at the Bishop’s Palace.
Caritas Macau has launched a fundraising campaign to help the population of Afghanistan, a nation that is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. The charity drive lasts for the next three months. The donations raised will be sent to Caritas Internationalis.
Starting from February and running until July, the Macau Catholic Family Advisory Council will promote a series of workshops dedicated to the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The first gathering will take place on February 12th, with Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang chairing the initiative.
“They worshiped. Let us never forget this: the journey of faith finds renewed strength and fulfilment only when it is made in the presence of God. Only if we recover our ‘taste’ for adoration will our desire be rekindled. Desire leads us to adoration and adoration renews our desire. For our desire for God can only grow when we place ourselves in his presence.”
The Prayer Service for Christian Unity 2022 will be held 19:30 on 22nd January at the Auditorium of Sheng Kung Hui Choi Kou Secondary School. Prayers for Christian unity should be included in the Sunday liturgies of 22nd-23rd January (Third Sunday in Ordinary Time).