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Faithful to the end

Last Wednesday, we began our annual journey through Lent, with the traditional practice of receiving the ashes on our foreheads and wearing them for the day.

This simple rite is a public proclaimation of our relationship with God. Although many people may comment to you that you have dirt on your face, it is still an
opportunity for us to help them to understand why we wear the ashes in public.

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It is broke so do fix it

A flawed system is hard to fix. This was highlighted earlier this month when a dispute arose over pay structures in the Legislative Council (LegCo). While a suggestion by Cheung Man-kwong, from the Democratic Party, that members should be paid according to the hours they put in may make some sense, it at best reflects a structural dysfunction within the system.

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The problem of sin

At the heart of our Mass we are reminded that Jesus poured out his blood for the forgiveness of sins. However, the forgiveness of sins is not always a fashionable topic and it has always been an issue for those who are thinking of becoming Christians.

Those who have been raised in the Confucian tradition can have very real problems relating to this core belief about Jesus.

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Blessed be God forever


From the least to the greatest. This is the breadth of our understanding of God. It is brought out in the beautiful psalm that the Church selects for our liturgy today.

In Hong Kong, we can sometimes feel helpless and lost among the millions of people. Who cares about us? Who is interested in us?

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A prophet of what?


The Lunar New Year has been celebrated and a new spring has begun. The soothsayers have also been busy with their predictions for the Year of the Dragon.

Forecasters, a much more modern word than soothsayers, have offered us their predictions for everything from romance to our bank balances. Some look to ancient calendars, like the Mayan calendar, and offer us prophecies of doom, which frighten many children.

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The world is real

The question of detachment occurs in every religious community. Through the ages, people have recognised that true freedom comes through detachment. If we are obsessed with our possessions, then those now things possess us—we no longer possess them.

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Temple of the 
Holy Spirit

How should we live? This is one of the fundamental questions of life and, in all cultures, people have grappled with it. History holds many guides to help us.

St. Paul was faced with the same problem when writing to the Christians in Corinth. They lived in a difficult situation: Corinth was a famous port.

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Follow that star

At our baptism rite, we are reminded that Jesus was anointed as priest, prophet and king. The gospel reading for today brings us the story of the Wise Men from the East, the Magi, who presented the new-born Jesus with the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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Can we say yes 
at Christmas?

 I find it important to use the writings of scriptural commentators and become familiar with the particular gospel readings for each Sunday.

In doing this, I have discovered one book in which I have a particular bookmark at a spot that has great meaning for me. Attending my first retreat on entering the seminary in preparation for my ordination, each of us was provided with a room and on the door of each room there was a scriptural quotation.

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Children of the light


his Sunday is commonly known as Gaudete Sunday–Joyful Sunday. If a parish has them, the priest wears rose vestments, instead of the usual purple or violet of Advent.

In the early history of the Church, Advent was another Lent, a time of fasting and penance. This lasted right up until the first millennium.