While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?" (Luke 24:41)
The empty tomb and the apparent desecration of Jesus' burial place must have unnerved the disciples. Since antiquity, many have feared that an improper burial will cause the dead to haunt the living. To avoid this disaster, different cultures have restored to elaborate embalming rituals, leaving food offerings for the deceased, or scattering the bones of each skeleton. Little wonder that the disciples were filled with terror when they saw Jesus; thinking he was a ghost, they wanted to flee rather than embrace him. Only when they saw the wounds in his hands and feet did they begin to believe; only when he ate fish did they tremble in awe at the fulfillment of his promises.
What will it take for us to believe? Is Jesus merely a ghost hovering in and out of our lives, or is he fully alive? Is he a fleeting memory, a relic from two thousand years ago, or is he so real that we know him as friend, as comforter, as lover, as guide? Do we allow the resurrected Jesus to...
Monday, May 3, 2010. St. Philip and St. James, Apostles
May 12, 2010
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)
We Catholics believe that faith and good works are part of the total salvation package. Why? Because how we treat people, what we do with our money, and where we devote our time and energy demonstrate what our real priorities are.
Here's a simple exercise. List the three things that are most important to you - the things you might say you "live for." Next, list the three things you spent most of your time on last week - not counting sleep - the things you gave yourself to day after day. If you live your priorities, those two lists should look much the same.
Our actions reveal our hearts. Our activities communicate who we are and what we care about more clearly than any claims we make. If we say we are people of faith, we have to back up those words with actions. And if we have faith in Jesus, we have to do his works as well. What works are those?...
" Joshua also said to the people, "Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will perform wonders among you." (Joshua 3:5)
This June 19 marks the beginning of Year for the Priesthood that announced by our beloved Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney.The Pope especially proclaims St. John Vianney as the patron saint of all the priests of the world. This is also a special year for St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Flushing where Chinese community have moved in and practice to live out the life of faith as “promised land” for three and half years.
First of all, at the Easter Vigil Celebration, we have 18 people who were baptized to become Catholics.These new members of our community are wonderful gifts that God grants to St. John Vianney in this special year.Now these new children of God begin to practice living out their life of faith not only at church, but also in their daily life at home and work place.Moreover, they are practicing to serve in the church as lectors, gifts bearer, ushers… to glory God...
Singing is praying. When one sings one prays twice - so said the great saint Augustine. While singing in the front of the Lord, we are in touch with the deepest center of our heart. Whatever moves there, comes out before our Creator as a loving offering to Him. The emotions of joy, grief, anger and frustration pour out in the presence of the Lord in loving trust and total self-surrender. In that ecstatic moment, we feel that gentle touch of the Divine wiping away the tears from our eye; we are filled with a new hope in the Almighty, guiding our destiny.(Select Divine Praises from index on the left. This is collection of songs from the English language retreat at Divine Retreat Centre)
"Those who sing pray twice." Augustine reminds us that the words of our hymns are prayers and, when we sing them, we add to them a further dimension of honor and praise--we pray twice. Sung praise seems to be God's favorite form of prayer; fifteen times the Old Testament tells us to "Sing to the Lord."In addition, the Bible instructs us to come into God's presence with singing, make melody to the...
1)What was your understanding of the Church before you began this class?
2)From what was presented to you in this class, what was new or challenging to old ways of thinking or believing?
3)What are three insights you discovered in the course of the readings about the Church?
4)Because of this experience how will you change or live the mission of the church differently in the future?
As far as I can recall, my entire life has revolved around the Church. Before my mother was married, she lived next door to a local Catholic Church in a small town in Taiwan, which eventually led her to become a deeply religious Catholic with close relations to the nuns, and priests who served the Church. After she married my father, she moved to a different town with only a few Catholics. With Catholicism being a largely unpopular religion in Taiwan during that time, my mother was the only Catholic in a large, traditional Chinese family. During my childhood, I had no idea why my mother was so devoted to a religion that was considered to be strange by many...
In his letter to the clergy, religious, and laity of the Catholic Church in China, Pope Benedict XVI proposed that May 24, a day dedicated to the liturgical memorial of Our Lady, Help of Christians, who is venerated with great devotion at the Marian Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai, could be an occasion for the Catholics of the whole world to be united in prayer with the Church which is in China.
The Pope then asked the members of the Church in China themselves to keep May 24 as a day of prayer for the Church in China, and said that, on that day, the Catholics of the whole worldin particular those who are of Chinese originwill demonstrate their fraternal solidarity and solicitude for you, asking the Lord of history for the gift of perseverance in witness, in the certainty that your sufferings past and present for the Holy Name of Jesus and your intrepid loyalty to His Vicar on earth will be rewarded, even if at times everything can seem a failure.