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Farewell

刊登日期: 2015.06.27
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

 

 Wow, we have completed another year’s issues of Joyful Youth. Your editor will be asking me whether I will write again next year. I am not sure. I think I am done writing for a while. In truth, I have never thought of myself as a writer. But, opportunity came when your editor proposed the project to me. I accepted then as a will of God to do something on your behalf. And how time flies. It has been five years. And I think I am done writing, for now. 


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Happy Father’s Day

刊登日期: 2015.06.20
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

 

 


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Online Resources

刊登日期: 2015.06.06
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

 

In this article I would like to make some recommendations on web sites that have good solid Catholic teachings and resources. Notice that I do not put http or www in front of the address because it is normally not needed anymore. I also capitalize parts of the web address for easier reading. 

First and foremost: 

Vatican _ Vatican.va 


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More book recommendations

刊登日期: 2015.05.30
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

 

 I would recommend reading books by C. S. Lewis. The most famous for young people is his set of books “Chronicles of Narnia.” As you may recognize the title, they were made into movies. The background was set in World War II England and the adventures of three children. In their adventure, they encountered Jesus as Aslan, the Lion. The stories are filled with Catholic theology including the Passion, the Sacraments, etc. 


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Book recommendations

刊登日期: 2015.05.23
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

 

Over the last few weeks, I have written on various practices of the Church. Since I was not raised Catholic, I had no idea there were so many of them. It was not until I became a priest and encountered them in parish life that I discovered these, as I call them, treasures of the Church. 

A few years ago, I came upon a book that I found most useful and informative. It is entitled Catholic Source Book, by Fr. Peter Klein, published by Our Sunday Visitor. 


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The Seasons of the Year

刊登日期: 2015.05.16
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

 

 What are the Seasons of the year? Confidently we say, spring, summer, autumn, winter. That is correct … only if we were asked about the climate. As Christians we also have the liturgical seasons of the year. Other religions also have their seasons. Through them, each practices their faith with a pattern and rhythm. 

In this article I would like to mention a few oddities and misconceptions. 

B.C. and A.D. 


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Marian Devotions

刊登日期: 2015.05.09
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

 

 Being in the month of May, it would be remiss on my part if I do not set aside an article (or two) just on the devotion to the Blessed Mother. 

Obviously we must begin with Our Lady of China


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Third Commandment Keep holy the Sabbath Day.

刊登日期: 2014.03.16
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

 

 What day of the week is Sabbath? 

The original Sabbath refers to the seventh day rest of Gen. 2:2 because God saw everything was good. Because of this religious notion of taking time to enjoy what is good, Western cultures have the practice of taking a day off from work to enjoy what the work brings. The word “sabbatical” comes from this notion of taking a break in order to be refreshed. 


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Second Commandment Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.

刊登日期: 2014.03.09
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

 

 Before we go there, we must back up to last week’s article on Commandment 1.5, “You shall not carve idols…” Some Protestant churches have that as the Second Commandment. So depending on with whom you may have a discussion on the Commandments, just referring to a Commandment by number may be confusing. 

In treating this Commandment, I would like to take up two topics: 

1. Taking an oath. 


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The Manger and Commandment 1.5

刊登日期: 2014.03.02
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

 

 Deuteronomy 5:8- 10. “You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them.” 

Protestant churches follow this part of the Commandment and do not have statues or paintings in their churches. What about us? How come…… 

Consider these three other passages from the Bible: 

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