Patricia Leung (Sept 2019)

by Patricia

Find out more about Medjugorje and what our pilgrim says about Medjugorje!

Reporter: Hello!  Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?

Pilgrim: I am a Catholic young adult and currently live in the Rockies region in Canada. I am a cradle Catholic. I was born into a Roman Catholic family, which made me a Catholic as well! Catholic education played a very important role in my life. It is a preparation for life which in itself is a preparation for eternal life!

Reporter: Wonderful! How did you come across to Medjugorje?

Pilgrim: Medjugorje came into my life as a “surprise”. I first learnt about Medjugorje when I was a participant of a youth prayer community. The community is founded on Medjugorje spirituality. Eucharistic adoration, rosary, confession and teachings are the focus of the prayer meetings. During these meetings, I was touched by the compassionate love of the Eucharistic Lord and wanted to deepen my relationship with Him. When I was introduced to Medjugorje at one of the events, I knew immediately that I must visit Our Lady in Medjugorje to renew my relationship with God and Mother Mary.

Reporter: Would you like to tell us a bit more about your recent pilgrimage to Medjugorje?

Pilgrim: Last September, I received a “surprise” from Jesus and Our Lady to visit Medjugorje with Medjugorje Centre of Canada. Medjugorje is a beautiful Catholic village with a strong devotion to Jesus and Our Lady through daily participation of liturgy, daily recitation of rosary, Lectio Divina, fasting and monthly confession. Our Lady called these practices the “five stones”. These five stones, which I have adopted in my spiritual life, developed my spiritual potential, nourished my soul and helped me conquer human sin. Through fasting, I created more room for God in my life by detaching from social media, instant messaging, internet surfing and TV. Monthly confessions helped me become more aware that I am loved by a compassionate and contemplative God, whose healing and reconciliation could redeem my human condition from the inside. Without the five stones, I am unable to experience the beauty and the greatness of the grace which God is offering me.

Reporter: Sounds like the five stones that were introduced by Our Lady in Medjugorje brought joy and peace in your life! What else did you experience in Medjugorje?

Pilgrim: Silence and solitude are always an important lesson for me in Medjugorje. In silence and solitude, I learn a deeper wisdom, a broader outlook in my everyday life and a brighter vision on God’s closeness and love. Mother Mary is my model as she is a woman wrapped in silence. In order to pray well, I learn that I need to pray in a quiet place so that the exterior silence matches with the interior silence in my heart. Praying is not about mechanically reciting words, while thinking of other things. It is about making time for God and resting in Him in silence. I also learnt to live in the present moment in a spirit of reflection, by listening to and internalizing what the Spirit might be speaking to me.

During my pilgrimage, I was especially touched by a spirit of gentleness in my heart. Gentleness is a reflection of God’s love which leads to gratefulness and humility. I am reminded to be gentle with myself, especially when I make the same mistakes, because Christ is gentle and this is part of His character. This helps me to be kind and gentle to others as well.

Reporter: It’s lovely to hear your inspirations from your recent pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Would you like to share any final words with our readers?

Pilgrim: I would like to conclude my sharing with my experience of hiking the Cross mountain for the first time. Before the hike began, I thought the hike was physically, mentally and spiritually challenging. However, the Spirit inspired me that God’s love is great enough to overcome any challenges. All I have to do is to surrender and have trust in God as He will provide. I did what I was told. I later discovered God is a good and compassionate Father because a few experienced pilgrims accompanied and coached me during the hike. I was very grateful of His providence, and I learnt that I must love and trust in Him in order to have courage and confidence in living out my Christian life.

2019/10/5-6 MCC Retreat: Finding Peace in the midst of Unrest 在困擾中尋平安

Theme: Finding Peace in the midst of Unrest 在困擾中尋平安
Spiritual Director: Fr. Francis Ching
Date: Oct 5-6, 2019

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Homilies

Talk1

Talk2

Talk3

Talk4

 

 

2019 ANNIVERSARY DAY TRIP

Thank you all for your support and encouragement for this day trip. All the seats have been taken and registration is now closed.

2018/9/14-16 MCC Retreat: 樂在祈禱中

Theme: 樂在祈禱中
Spiritual Director: Fr. Francis Ching
Date: Sept 14-16, 2018

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Homilies
Sept 15, 2018

Sept 16, 2018

Talks
Sept 14, 2018

Sept 15, 2018
PART I

PART II

PART III

PART IV – Adoration & Healing

Sept 16, 2018
PART I

PART II

NOTES:
Vocabulary of Praise

Kitty Kit Tsing Chan (June B 2018)

2015年我第一次到墨主哥耶朝聖,那年一齊參與的家人有母親,弟妹和弟婦共6人,兩個弟弟至少有20年沒上教堂,當時他們的參與我是很緊張的, 怕他們不厭煩,整天扳起臉,問梁神父意見,神父的答案祈禱交付,不用煩,是聖母的邀請,一切不是問題;感恩過程沒有我擔心的情況出現,回港後弟婦對信仰的熱忱也令弟弟慢慢轉變,也時常出現在教堂內,還跟我參與善會;在那次朝聖中,我也懇求聖母 ,如可以也邀請我兩個囝囝到墨主哥耶與祂親近,因我感受他們兩人像牛像馬,每天營營役役地工作,把自己當全能,天天都說累,主日要上班就自然不上教堂,就算到教堂都不停看手機,心不在焉,不懂用心祈禱,不懂把面對的問題交付,祈求天父帶領;當我回港後,我嘗試和細囝Leo提議他參與朝聖,他的答案是無錢無時間,他任職服務行業,不能請太長的假期,雖然他沒答應,我還是替他先報名,他會不會或能不能去,就袛有祈禱,祈求聖母俯聽!直到2018 年6月26日出發,我更相信聖母媽媽一直為我代禱,她很清楚一個做媽媽的心情和期盼;在我第二次朝聖中感受的恩寵更令我心中激動,事緣就是有一天,團友Ben 問誰可協助分擔在彌撒中輔祭職務,Leo毫不猶疑說他可以,因他在10歲離港前是在聖德肋撒堂當輔祭的,但我卻問他,你能嗎?你超過20多年沒上過祭台了。我的懷疑態度,當時就被眾多的主內兄弟姊妹說我不對,Leo對輔祭工作的熱誠,對用餐的自動幫忙,對上落聖母山、十字架山需幫忙的協助,那裡需要協助的他都自動自覺地出現的,那次朝聖過程中,就像一個天使穿插其中,看在眼裡我記起多次神父常提到,聖母對每事都默存心中,反覆思量的這兩句話語;Leo 是我的兒子,我總覺他多方面沒做好自己,他人的事卻做很多,太沒分寸 ,但在其他人的眼中,他是這樣優秀的;雖然這次朝聖團沒有令Leo改變什麼,但卻改變了我對他的看法,少了挑剔,多了包容;因我不時提醒自己要學習聖母,對上主的依賴,把一切都交付給天主;只有我能學到,有了改變,身邊的人就會看我對上主的的交付,對上主依賴,繼而分享到真正的平安。

Kitty Kit Tsing Chan
June B 2018