Category Archives: Saints & Blessed

20131125 St. Josemaria promoted holiness 施禮華宣揚成聖

St. Josemaria Escriva was born in Barbastro, Spain, Jan. 9, 1902. He was the second of six children of a devout family.
In 1904, Josemaria was gravely ill and the doctors gave up on him. However, he was cured unexpectedly; his parents attributed the cure to the intercession of Our Lady of Torreciudad, and took him on a pilgrimage of thanksgiving.
On April 23, 1912, Josemaria made his first Communion. In preparation, a friar had taught him a beautiful prayer for spiritual communion which he remembered all his life: “I wish, Lord, to receive You with the purity, humility, and devotion with which Your most holy mother received you, with the spirit and fervour of the saints.”
Josemaria’s three sisters died in 1910, 1912, and 1913. His father’s business failed in 1914. These tragic events taught Josemaria the meaning of suffering and brought him to maturity. The family moved to Logrono, where his father had found new employment.

Founding of Opus Dei
During the Christmas vacation of 1917, Josemaria saw the bare footprints of a Carmelite friar. Josemaria asked himself, “If other people make such sacrifices for God and neighbour, can’t I offer Him something?”
He intuited that God wanted something of him, although he didn’t know exactly what. He decided to become a priest in order to be available for whatever God wanted of him. In 1918, he began his studies; he was ordained March 28, 1925.
On Oct. 2, 1928, while he was on retreat in Madrid, Father Escriva was inspired by God to found Opus Dei, an institution within the Catholic Church dedicated to helping people in all walks of life to follow Christ and to seek holiness in their daily lives.
In 1930 Father Escriva started Opus Dei (the two Latin words mean “Work of God”) for women, making it clear that they had the same responsibility as men to serve the Church and society.
While celebrating Mass on Feb. 14, 1943, Father Escriva was inspired to found the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross. On June 25, 1944, three members of Opus Dei were ordained priests.

Spreading the fire of love
Father Escriva moved to Rome in 1946 and became the driving force behind the spreading of Opus Dei around the world. In 1948 full membership in Opus Dei was opened to married people. On June 16, 1950, Pope Pius XII granted definitive papal approval of Opus Dei.
In 1951 Father Escriva consecrated the families of Opus Dei members to the Holy Family. He also consecrated Opus Dei to the Most Sweet Heart of Mary. During the 1950s, in answer to the needs of the world, he promoted universities, training schools, agricultural colleges, hospitals, and clinics.
During the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the council fathers sought the advice of Father Escriva on themes such as the universal call to holiness and the function of lay people in the mission of the Church.
In 1969 Father Escriva travelled to shrines of Our Lady, praying for the Church and for world peace. He visited the Marian shrines of Lourdes, Sonsoles, El Pilar, La Merced, Einsiedeln and Loreto.
Between 1970 and 1975 Father Escriva undertook catechetical trips throughout Europe and Latin America, teaching Christian doctrine and Christian living to many people.
Father Escriva died in his office in Rome June 26, 1975. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II May 17, 1992, and canonized by him Oct. 6, 2002.
“Sanctity is made up of heroic acts. Therefore in our work we are asked for the heroism of finishing properly the tasks committed to us, day after day, even though they are the same tasks. If we don’t, then we do not want to be saints.”


20131021 Chiara accepted illness 嘉辣領受病苦

Blessed Chiara Luce Badano was the child of Maria Teresa and Ruggero Badano. The couple waited and prayed for 11 years for the gift of a child, and then Chiara was born Oct. 29, 1971.

Love for neighbours
Chiara desired that all the children of the world would be happy. She donated her best toys to the poor children, and set aside her pocket money for children in Africa. She invited poor people into the family’s home for holidays, and visited the elderly, and sick children.
At 9 years of age, Chiara became involved with the Focolare movement, and lived out the spirituality of unity.
To please Jesus, the teenage Chiara dressed in a clean and tidy way, without being flashy or ostentatious, because “what matters is to be beautiful inside.” She tried to turn the normal difficulties of daily life into opportunities of love. Chiara was a girl like all the others: she liked music, dancing, swimming, tennis, and hiking in the mountains.
Chiara had a wide circle of friends. When asked, she said she did not try to bring Jesus to her friends with words. She tried to bring Jesus to them by the way she listened to them, by the way she dressed, and above all, by the way she loved them.

Way of the cross
In the summer of 1988, during a tennis match, Chiara experienced a very sharp pain in her left shoulder. Medical tests revealed Chiara had osteosarcoma, one of the most serious and painful forms of cancer, and it had already started spreading.
Once back home after hearing the news, Chiara told her mum not to ask her any questions, and she experienced 25 minutes of “Gethsemane garden.” Eventually she said “yes” to Jesus about accepting her sufferings, and then she said: “Now you can speak, Mum,” and her face shone again with her usual luminous smile.
The treatment was painful. Chiara wanted to be informed of every detail of her illness. For each new and painful surprise, her offering was firm: “For You, Jesus; if You want it, I want it too!”
Chiara underwent two surgeries, and subsequent chemotherapy treatment caused her to lose her hair. As each lock of hair fell, she would say sincerely, “For You, Jesus.”
In July 1989 the tumour spread quickly, and Chiara lost the use of her legs. She said, “If I had to choose between walking or going to heaven, I would choose going to heaven.”
In the last year of her life, Chiara kept in touch with and encouraged the Focolare movement through telephone calls, messages, postcards, and posters. In May 1990, Chiara had the joy of watching Genfest 90, an international youth gathering held in Rome, from her home. She was a great inspiration for those who came to visit her.
Chiara refused to take pain medication, saying: “It reduces my lucidity,” and she added, “There’s only one thing I can do now: offer my suffering to Jesus, because I want to share as much as possible in His suffering on the cross.”
Chiara gave all savings to a friend who did missionary work in Africa. She said, “I have nothing left, but I still have my heart, and with that I can always love.”
With her mother, Chiara prepared for her “wedding celebration”: her funeral. Chiara asked to be dressed in a simple white wedding dress; she chose the music, the songs, the flowers, and the Mass readings. She told her mother, “When you’re getting me ready, Mum, you have to keep saying to yourself, ‘Chiara Luce is now seeing Jesus.'”
Chiara died at 4:10 a.m. Oct. 7, 1990. Her last words to Teresa, her mother, were “Goodbye. Be happy because I’m happy.”
































20131014 Saintly prolife witness 聖人見證生命

St. Gianna Beretta Molla was born to Albert and Maria Beretta Oct. 4, 1922, the 10th of 13 children. The Beretta family was very devout. Both parents and children attended Mass very early each morning, and each evening recited the rosary, then renewed their consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Spiritual life
In March 1938, Gianna attended a retreat according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Gianna wrote the following resolutions:
* To do all things for the Lord…. To serve God, I will not go to the movies without being sure that the film is suitable and not scandalous or immoral.
* I prefer to die rather than commit a mortal sin.
* To say the “Hail Mary” every day so that the Lord might give me a holy death.
* I wish to fear mortal sin as if it were a serpent, and I repeat I would rather die 1,000 times than offend the Lord.
* I beg the Lord to help me understand His great mercy.
* The way of humiliation is the shortest way to reach holiness. I pray that the Lord lead me to paradise.
Gianna was involved in Catholic Action and devoted all her free time to apostolic work. She constantly lived out the motto of the Catholic Action: prayer-action-sacrifice. Gianna was a daily communicant. To assist others with their mission, Gianna offered her own program of spiritual life:
* Morning and evening prayers, not in bed but on your knees.
* Holy Mass.
* Holy Communion.
* Meditation, at least 10 minutes.
* Visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
* Holy Rosary: without Our Lady’s help, no one enters paradise.

Medical profession
Gianna studied medicine in Milan and Pavia, both in Italy. She considered the medical profession more as a mission than work. She wrote, “Just as the priests can touch Jesus, so we doctors touch Jesus in the bodies of our patients: in the poor, the young, the old, and children. Jesus makes Himself seen in our midst.”
As a doctor, Gianna specialized in pediatrics. She had continual contact with mothers through their children. She became very close to many of these women and helped them through some very difficult times. She would have long discussions with them about the best way to raise children and about the value of human life.

Wife and mother
In December 1954, Gianna met Pietro Molla. They were engaged the following April and married in September 1955. Pietro wrote, “The more I know Gianna, the more I am convinced that God could not have given me a greater gift than her love and companionship.”
Gianna gave birth to three children: in 1956, 1957, and 1959. To thank God after the birth of each child, she took money from her savings to give to the missions, an amount equal to six months of a worker’s salary.
In 1961 Gianna was once again expecting. During the second month of pregnancy, Gianna developed a fibroma on her uterus. Gianna said, “This time it will be a difficult delivery, and they may have to save one or the other; I want them to save my baby.”
Gianna refused a complete hysterectomy, which would have result in the death of the preborn baby.
On April 21, 1962, Gianna’s fourth child, Gianna Emanuela, was successfully delivered by Caesarean section. However Gianna continued to have severe pain, and died of septic peritonitis on April 28.
“If you only knew how differently things are judged at the hour of death!” Gianna remarked to her sister before her death. “How vain certain things appear, to which we gave such importance in the world!”







  1. 為天主做任何事情。… 侍奉天主,不觀看電影,除非已確實那套電影不涉及醜聞或不道德劇情和景象。
  2. 我寧願死也不犯一個大罪。
  3. 每天誦唸「聖母經」,祈求天主賞給我一個善終。
  4. 但願我把大罪看做一條毒蛇,我甘願死一千次,也不要得罪天主。
  5. 我懇求天主,讓我明白祂莫大的慈愛。
  6. 謙卑是成聖的速成班。我祈求天主引領我到天尚。






  1. 唸早晚課,不是躺在床上,而是跪下來唸。
  2. 參與彌撒。
  3. 善領聖體。
  4. 每天至少默想十分鐘。
  5. 朝拜聖體。
  6. 常常誦唸玫瑰經;沒有聖母的幫助,沒有人能進入天國。














1961年安納再次懷孕,可惜懷孕第二個月,發現子宮纖維瘤,安納明白到眾人要做一項非常艱難的決定 ––– 在拯救母親與胎兒中,只能擇其一。安納斷言:「我要拯救我的胎兒!」她拒絕了割除子宮手術,不願胎兒喪失生命。




安納死前向她的姊妹說:「妳不知道一個人臨死前怎樣看這個世界! … 在這世界上很多事情,我們當時看得很重,到最後看來還是虛無!」


20131007 Life offered for mother 為母親奉上生命

Blessed Laura Vicu¤a was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1891. Her father died when she was only 2.
Laura’s mother, Mercedes Pino, was anxious to support herself and her two daughters. After working as a cook for several years in the Quilquihu‚ Hostel, the owner, Manuel Mora, promised Mercedes that if she came to live with him as his mistress he would send Laura to a boarding school.

Life at school
Laura went to a boarding school ran by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (the Salesian Sisters). She was very happy living under the care of the young missionary sisters.
She was taught a love for religion and began to take a deep interest in the Catholic faith. Laura was a model student and a leader who helped other students in many different ways. On June 2, 1901, Laura made her First Communion. She wrote, “Oh, my God, I want to love and serve you all my life.”
Even at a young age, Laura was mature enough to understand her mother’s problems. Though not married, Manuel and Mercedes were living together like a married couple. Laura knew that it was a sin.
Mercedes had been distanced from God because of Manuel. This motivated Laura to pray every day for her mother’s salvation, and to help her to leave Manuel. “I wish Mamma would know you better and be happy,” she often prayed before the tabernacle.
Laura spent most of her time praying, and some of her classmates shunned her piety. However Laura had one good friend, Mercedes Vera, to whom she expressed her deepest feelings, such as her desire to become a nun. Inspired by the Salesian Sisters, Laura hoped to consecrate herself to God in the service of her brothers and sisters.
As Laura grew older, Manuel turned his attention from Mercedes to her. During a Christmas vacation, Laura was beaten twice by Manuel because she refused his sexual advances and his attempts to dissuade her from becoming a nun. She was forced to flee the house to avoid him.
Manuel stopped paying for Laura’s education, but she held to her desire to become a nun. When the nuns at her school learned of the situation, they gave her a scholarship. With a grateful heart, Laura returned to school, but she was still deeply concerned about her mother.

Oblation of life
One day, remembering the phrase of Jesus: “No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends,” Laura decided to give her life in exchange for her mother’s salvation. Laura said to the Lord: “I offer you my life for that of my mother.”
Laura’s offer was accepted. In late 1903 Laura became seriously ill with pulmonary tuberculosis and returned to her mother. On Jan. 14, 1904, Laura refused the sexual advances of the drunken Manuel, who beat her unconscious. Though she recovered consciousness, Laura never recovered her health.
Before she died, Laura told her mother: “Mama, I offered my life for you; I asked our Lord for this. Before I die, mother, would I have the joy of seeing you repent?”
Mercedes tearfully answered, “I swear I will do whatever you ask me! God is the witness of my promise!”
Laura smiled and said: “Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Mary! Goodbye, Mother! Now I die happy!”
On Jan. 22, 1904, Laura died from a combination of the disease and the abuse.
Mercedes left Manuel and returned to the Catholic Church. On Sept. 3, 1988, Laura Vicu¤a was beatified by Pope John Paul II.