Monthly Archives: March 2013

20130325 Mary brought millions to Church 聖母帶群眾進教會

In the sixteenth century, the Catholic Church lost many members in Europe due to the Protestant revolt; however the Church gained even more members in the New World through the powerful intervention of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The humblest son

            Juan Diego was one of the first to be converted to Catholicism after the Spanish conquered the Mexican Empire. He and his wife were baptized at the church of Santiago. The couple would walk fourteen miles to Tlatelolco for Mass. After the death of his wife in 1529, his devotion to Our Lady became even stronger.

On Saturday December 9, 1531, while on his way to the church at Tlatelolco, Juan Diego came near the hill called Tepeyac; there he heard someone called him from the hilltop. When Juan Diego went up the hill, he saw the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Our Lady said, ”Juanito, the humblest of my children, know and understand that I am the ever virgin Mary, Mother of the true God through whom all things live. It is my ardent desire that a church be erected here so that in it I can show and bestow my love, compassion, help, and protection to all who inhabit this land and to those others who love me, that they might call upon and confide in me. Go to the Bishop of Mexico to make known to him what I greatly desire. Go and put all your efforts into this.”

Juan Diego spoke to Bishop Fray Juan de Zumarraga, but the Bishop did not believe in him. Juan Diego, therefore, returned to the hilltop and asked Our Lady to send someone more illustrious to convey the message. Our Lady, however, told him to see the Bishop again.

The next day, Sunday December 10, Juan Diego went to see the Bishop. However, the Bishop did not believe in Juan Diego and told him that some sign was necessary.

Castilian roses

            In 1531, the Mexican people were on the verge of revolting against the Spaniards because of conflicts and tensions. Bishop Zumarraga had begged Our Lady for help and had secretly asked her for Castilian roses as a sign that she would help. Castilian roses did not grow in Mexico but in Spain.

On Monday December 11, Juan Diego did not return to the hilltop. On that day his uncle, Juan Bernardino, became very ill and asked Juan Diego to find him a priest at Tlatelolco.

On Tuesday December 12, Juan Diego went around the hill to avoid Our Lady. But she met him on the side of the hill and said, “Listen and understand, my humblest son. There is nothing to frighten and distress you. Do not let year heart be troubled, and let nothing upset you. Is it not I, your Mother, who is here? Are you not under my protection? Are you not, fortunately, in my care? Do not let your uncle’s illness distress you. It is certain that he has already been cured. Go up the hilltop, my son, where you will find flowers of various kinds. Cut them, and bring them into my presence.”

Juan Diego did as Our Lady had commanded. He was astonished to see so many Castilian roses at a time when the frost was severe, and Our Lady helped arranging them in his tilma (mantle).

Our Lady told Juan Diego to bring the roses to the Bishop. He opened his tilma in the presence of the Bishop, and let the roses scattered to the ground. The image of Our Lady also appeared on the tilma.

Due to the apparitions and the image, great numbers of native Mexicans went to the missionaries for Baptism. Millions were converted in the years immediately following the apparitions and the annual 20,000 human sacrifices to false god was abolished.




























20130318 Martyrs died for the Church 為教會捨生

King Henry VIII (1491-1547) married six times. His decision to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, resulted in him asking the parliament to declare him as the supreme head of the Church in England.

Henry was determined to impose his will upon the people, and required his subjects to take the Oath of Supremacy—swore allegiance to the monarch as Supreme Governor of the Church in England. He punished severely those who refused to take the oath.

John Fisher & Thomas More

St. John Fisher (1469-1535) was Bishop of Rochester and Chancellor of Cambridge University. He laid the foundation of the library at Cambridge University with his personal collection of books. He began to study Greek at forty-eight, and began to study Hebrew at fifty-one.

Fisher refused the Oath of Supremacy and said, “I dare not tear the seamless robe of Christ”. Fisher defended the marriage of Henry VIII with Catherine of Aragon, and pointed out that St. John the Baptist died defending the sanctity of marriage.

John Fisher was named cardinal a month before his death. He was executed on June 22, 1535.

St. Thomas More (1478-1535) was a lawyer. He held a number of public offices and eventually became the Chancellor of England.

When Henry VIII broke with the Church, Thomas More did his best to recall him to his senses. Thomas More refused to take the Oath of Supremacy, and he was deprived of his high office and property.

On July 6, 1535 Thomas More was beheaded. He said, “I die the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”

Edmond Campion & Margaret Clitherow

            Elizabeth I, the daughter of Henry VIII, reigned from 1558 to 1603. She began a campaign of legislation against the Catholic Church and was excommunicated by Pope St. Pius V in 1570. Elizabeth started a bloody persecution of the Catholic Church in 1571.

St. Edmond Campion (1540-1581) was the first Jesuit martyr in England. He took the Oath of Supremacy and was an Anglican deacon. The study of the Church Fathers brought him back to the Catholic Faith.

Edmond Campion became a Jesuit at thirty-three. Five years later, he was ordained a priest, and about two years later he disguised as a jewel merchant and returned to England to minister to the faithful.

Edmond Campion used writings to defend and uphold the Catholic Faith. After about one year of fruitful ministry in English, Campion was arrested.

Before he was sentenced to death, Campion said, “In condemning us, you condemn all your own ancestors—all the ancient priests, bishops and kings—all that was once the glory of England.”

Campion suffered martyrdom on December 1, 1581.

St. Margaret Clitherow (1556-1586) was a convert to Catholicism after her marriage. Each morning she did one and a half hour of prayer and meditation. She also confessed twice a week and fasted four times a week.

Under Elizabeth I, it was a crime to harbor priests and to attend Mass. The house of Margaret was searched and altar furnishings were found. She was arrested on 10 March, 1586.

Since the only witnesses against Margaret would be her own little children and servants, whom she could not bear to involve in the guilt of her death, she refused to plead, but would only answer, “Having made no offense, I need no trial.”

Margaret was sentenced to be pressed to death, and she said, “God be thanked, I am not worthy of so good a death as this”.

She was executed on March 25, 1586, and her last words during an agony of fifteen minutes, were “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! have mercy on me!”

The two sons of Margaret became Catholic priests, and her daughter became a nun.







聖若望.費休 (1469-1535) 是路卻斯特主教及劍橋大學校長,一手建樹大學圖書館,捐出大量私人藏書;年四十八歲學習希臘文,五十一歲進修希伯來文。






聖多默.謨爾 (1478-1535) 原是一位律師,曾任多項公職,且榮任英國首相。








聖愛德沐.江本 (1540-1581) 是第一位在英國殉道的耶穌會會士。他原擁護英皇,被委以聖公會牧職,後因閱讀教父們的著作而被感化,暗中離開祖國,重回真道。








聖瑪加利大. 格利塞羅 (1556-1586) 婚後皈依聖教。每天早晨,瑪加利大均用個半小時祈禱默想,每週辦兩次告解和守四次守齋。











20130311 Faith radiated 燦爛的信德

During the Catholic reform in the 16th and 17th centuries there were a number of shining witnesses for the Faith. St. Philip Neri (1515-1595), St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), and St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) were holy priests who led many people to Christ.

St. Philip Neri

            Philip Neri was born in Florence. At eighteen he was sent to work with a cousin who was a successful businessman. His prayer experience left him without interest in worldly pursuits. He left Florence and settled in Rome at twenty.

In Rome, Philip lived the life of a hermit. He tutored for a few hours each day to support himself. He studied philosophy and theology for three years; then he sold his books and dedicated himself to prayer.

At twenty-eight, while praying in the catacombs of St. Sebastian on the eve of Pentecost, he felt a globe of light enter his mouth and sink into his heart. Thereafter on his fervors his heart would often palpitate, enlarge, and give off warmth.

Philip had a way of getting others to do good works with him or to accompany him in his devotional practices.  Philip cared the sick at the hospital and became a street-corner apostle. He spoke to everyone—-from beggars to bankers—about God,.

At thirty-five, on the advice of his confessor, Philip became a priest. As priest, he would spend hours each day hearing Confessions. Philip organized spiritual conferences and prayer sessions for his penitents, and the big room which held these gatherings was called “Oratory”; the priests who helped him were called “Oratorians”.

Philip promoted Holy Communion, Confessions, and devotions. He emphasized the importance of prayer and humility. Before Mass, Philip would distract himself with jokes and light reading so that he could get through the Mass without falling into ecstasy.

When asked how to pray, Philip’s answer was, “Be humble and obedient, and the Holy Spirit will teach you.”

St. Francis de Sales

            Francis was a gentle and patient saint. As a young priest, he volunteered to evangelize the 60,000 inhabitants at the nearby Calvinist territory.

For three years, with doors slammed in his face and rocks thrown at him, Francis had not made one convert. However, he did not give up. With unusual patience, he wrote his sermons, copied them by hand, and slipped them under the doors.

Francis went to the children and played with them. When the parents saw how kind he was to the children, they began to talk to him. Eventually about 40,000 people were brought back to the Catholic Faith.

In 1602, he became Bishop of Geneva. As Bishop he guided many people on the way to holiness through spiritual direction. He dispensed spiritual advises through letters and he wrote the spiritual classic, Introduction to the Devout Life. He taught that holiness is for all people.

“You will catch more flies”, Francis used to say, “with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar”.

St. Vincent de Paul

            In 1618, Francis de Sales and Vincent de Paul met each other in Paris. They had many ideas in common. They both saw the need for religious community of sisters that would work among the laity.

Vincent de Paul is patron saint of all charitable societies. He was the one mainly responsible for popularizing the non-cloistered way of life typical of modern feminine congregations.

Vincent was interested in every kind of charity. He served the poor, the sick, children, orphans, and the aged. He would say, “I belong to God and to the poor.”

He founded a community of priests to do missionary works, and a community of sisters for works of charity.

St. Vincent said, “Go to the poor: you will find God.”



聖斐理. 乃立








斐理有相當的感染力,能使別人願意與他一起投身,全心行善;他常到醫院探訪病者,且成了「街頭使徒」,向每一個人談及天主 —— 無論是叫化子或是銀行主腦。


















聖文生. 德保