August 2018

Sleepless in flooded Manila
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

Light rain in the early morning is a welcome treat for Carmelite Father Gilbert Billena every time he goes home to the southern Philippines. However, perfect mornings in his parish in Manila are rare, especially during the rainy season in this tropical country.
Monsoon rains are terrifying during the rainy season, said the priest, especially with the seemingly endless downpours causing widespread flooding in the country’s capital.

For the one who loves, nothing is difficult
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

The 150th death anniversary of CICM founder 
Father Théophile Verbist
China had been a Jesuit mission field since the 16th century. Dedicated Jesuits such as Father Ferdinand Verbiest (Nan Huairen 南懷仁 1623-1688)—no relation to the founder of Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) Father Théophile Verbist (Nan Huaiyi 南懷義 1823-1868)...

Rediscovering a journey of faith on the ‘hill’ of Taizé
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

A village located on a hill, which lies in the middle of a mountainous landscape invites young people from all around the world to discover and to rediscover their journey of faith. When someone asks me, what is Taizé? There isn’t a concrete answer. Taizé is not just a place, but a personal journey. 
For two-and-a-half months, I had the opportunity to reflect through prayer, songs and sharings. 
The Taiz...

Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Proverbs 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58.
Mass of the memorial (white). 
Readings: Ezekiel 24:15-24; Matthew 19:16-22. 
Mass of the...

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: And the world became Eucharistic bread
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

Today’s Gospel continues the discourse on the “bread of heaven,” from last week. It begins with an outrageous statement: the bread to eat is “his own flesh.” The reaction of those present is understandable and justified. They discuss among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” They understand that he no longer refers only to the spiritual assimilation of God’s revelation, but also to a “concrete eating...

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Espesyal na tinapay
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

Jesus said to the crowds, I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.
The Jews quarrelled among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
Jesus said to them, Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you...

Division among Churches obstructs the joy of the gospel
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The divisions within and between the communities, the Churches and society have grown deeper, more hurting. And therefore, reconciliation is a need of the time. Why don’t we, people of different Churches, come together more often? Why don’t we pray together? This shouldn’t be limited to a one-time event, instead, it should be part of our daily Christian life. Division within and between the Churches is an obstacle for the joy of the gospel,”...

Taizé participants learn about the migrants in their midst
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Participants at the workshop, Strangers in our midst?, called on people to treat migrants as their neighbours. The event, addressing the situations of the migrants in the city, was organised as part of the Taizé International Meeting of Young Adults in Hong Kong, and held at Kowloon Union Church, Jordan Road, on August 9.
Shoaib Hussain, assistant programme officer of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers, shared about the difficulties...

Appreciating differences is key to ecumenism
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Participants at the Taizé International Meeting of Young Adults in Hong Kong said that understanding and respecting each others’ differences is key to promoting ecumenism and to having harmony among people of different denominational and cultural backgrounds. The ecumenical gathering titled, Pilgrimage of Trust and Reconciliation, was organised by the Taizé Community and in Hong Kong from August 8 to 12.
Sara Var Laar, a...

Stories behind the singing and dancing in Central
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Public holidays are the most crowded days for Central, the financial hub of Hong Kong. Foreign domestic workers, who have nowhere to go on their day off,  have little choice but to “occupy Central” week after week. 
The Justice and Peace Commission put together a guided tour on July 22 and invited people to come and see the plight of foreign domestic workers first hand.
The activity was co-organised by the Hong Kong...