March 2017

Pray as a human not a machine
(Saturday, 18 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Some say security, some say comfort, some say love,” Catherine Cheung, from the St. Anne’s Meditation Group at Stanley, reflected in response to a question posed by the leader of the World Community for Christian Meditation, Father Laurence Freeman, at St. Francis of Assisi in Sham Shui Po on January 22.

The English Benedictine was in Hong Kong for a few days to spend time with the...

The prayerful heart of a postmodern city
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

I feel that it is important returning to this place to reflect in these times of violence and wars and find a relief of serenity and confidence

Lamma is a small, pedestrian island, a half-hour ferry ride from the Central district of our immense and postmodern metropolis. Its inhabitants are...

Second Week of Lent
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

Mass of the day, Creed, preface of first Sunday of Lent (purple).
Readings: Genesis 12:1-4a; 
2 Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9.

Mass of the day, preface for Lent (purple).
Daniel 9:4b-10; Luke 6:36-38....

Ang pagbabago ay misyon ng bawat Kristiyano!
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

Sa ikalawang Linggo ng kuwaresma pinaalalahan tayo ni Hesus na ang ating misyon bilang mga alagad niya ay maging instrumento sa pagbabago ng ating pamilya at lipunan. Si Hesus habang nananalangin ay nagbabagong anyo. Ang pangyayaring ito ay nagbibigay ng lakas at inspirasyon na harapin Niya ang kanyang misyon sa Herusalem, ang pagpapasakit para sa ating kaligtasan. Alam natin na pagkatapos nito si Hesus ay pupunta sa Herusalem para tupdin at sundin...

A relationship with God means serving
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

When he does or says something important,  Jesus goes up onto a mountain. The mountain in the bible is a site of encounter with God. It was on the mountain that Moses had an encounter with God and received the revelation that later was passed on to the people. 

When Moses received the law, the mountain was enveloped by a cloud (Exodus 24:15-16). He  came down with his face...

Carrie on Religion
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A few alarm bells rang on February 27 at the release of the election manifesto of chief executive hopeful, Carrie Lam Chen Yuet-ngor, as it included the possibility of revisiting the setting up of a special government unit in Hong Kong to coordinate the activities of religious bodies.

Buried within her 47-page document was the unique suggestion to examine the possibility of instituting a Religious Affairs...

It is Lent and... that’s the news
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): There used to be a time when remembering the old adage, “Don’t forget to fast in Lent,” was enough to get you through, so long as you also remembered to eat fish on Fridays and a little bit less of it than most Fridays.

However, in our Church today the concept of Lent and its purpose has been considerably broadened. Speaking in St. Peter’s Square on Ash Wednesday, March 1, Pope...

Wish list for the New Year
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Hopes for a chief executive that will protect the core values of Hong Kong society were expressed by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing at a New Year gathering of the Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders on February 16.

At their annual New Year gathering, representatives of the Colloquium expressed their good wishes for Hong Kong society at a gathering attended by around 200 people from various religious traditions...

Until we meet again Father Areechira
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Fourteen groups from the Holy Family English Community in Choi Hung organised a farewell party for their parish priest, Father James Areechira, on January 29 at the parish basketball court.

The air was filled with a mixture of fun and melancholy. Each of the 14 groups provided some entertainment, after which one of them gave the much loved parish priest a short message of thanks and presented him with a...

Lent in China
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): Wednesday, March 1, marked the beginning of Lent, but because so few people are able to attend Mass on a weekday in China, many parishes also held the rite of placing ashes on the forehead on the following Sunday as well.

Fides reported that there were a wide variety of initiatives taken up in different parishes to mark the beginning of the penitential season.