Faithful to the Magisterium, this Catholic Theology of Energy is a new renewing theology put together for the evangelical purpose of *the Holy Spirit. (Feb. 11, 2017)

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As a Catholic theology seeking to synthesize the sacred traditions of Eastern and Western Christianity (Theology Today 99) in the process of theosis or divinization, Catholic Theology of Energy (or Energies) is called to help brothers and sisters in Christ to discover, activate, and partake of God's omnipresent Divine Energy or divine nature as "partakers of divine nature" (2Pet 1:4), via the Word, prayers, virtues and good works in and through the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of Christian life (Lumen Gentium 11), of all preaching of the Gospel (Presbyterorum Ordinis 5), and of all theology (Theology Today 94).  (Nov. 19, 2017)

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 English Dictionary (*April 10, 2018)/ Chinese Dictionary (*March 29, 2018)

*Update: April 21, 2018

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  (1) Happy New Year! Today is the beginning of 2018 and the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. May the Mother of God continue to intercede for us all!

     For the last few years, this site has combined the news of Catholic Theology of Energy (Energy as a generic singular noun for Energies) with some pure spiritual sharings. As a result, there have been some confusions unintentionally incurred. For example, the present site is completely non-fund-raising. Yet, when some visitors come upon the words "it is nothing, nothing, nothing", they may be confused as what is going on. To that extent, the author would like to express his apology.

     Hence, there is now a new site called Spiritual Sharings for *various pure spritual sharings.

     At the same time, the present site is strictly reserved for the pertinent news on Catholic Theology of Energies as well as ideas about Catholic Theology of Energies. Apparently, such news and ideas may not appear too often, as the author has to focus on doing what he is called to do, i.e., working slowly on Chapter III of the Chinese project, *as well as preparing a Lonergan paper to deliver and a course on Orthodoxy to offer at Fu Jen. Thank you so much for understanding.

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Jan. 1, *updated Jan. 26)

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  (2) As the author has to be focused on preparing for his trip to Fu Jen Catholic University during the third week of February, his time is becoming limited. In fact, there is not even enough time to check all the links received for Spiritual Sharings. Hence, Spiritual Sharings has to be put on hold for the time being. Thank you for understanding.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Jan. 14)

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  (3) As more and more people are learning martial arts around the world today, one may ask:  Is it possible to do genuine traditional martial arts and still become a godly Christian in God's omnipresence? Apparently, provided that one is doing sufficient daily prayers and truly keeping God's commandments, one can.

      Indeed, Rev. Sub-Deacon Prof. Brian Butcher, Ph.D., a current lecturer and research fellow at the Sheptytsky Institute at the Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, as well as a new occasional adviser on Eastern Catholic studies for Catholic Theology of Energies, wonderfully says "yes". As summed up in the following link, he has connected martial arts with theosis (divinization) directly, as well as with God's *omnipresent Divine Energy indirectly.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Jan. 14, *updated Jan. 14)

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  (4) A grateful word is due to *Emerita Prof. Janine Langan for the English translation of the three vitally important French verses discovered recently by the author which may largely explain why the composition of the present Catholic Theology of Energies is intrinsically inseparable from the sacred Eastern Orthodox tradition of energies, as well as from the Chinese traditional culture of qis or energies. Indeed, these two wonderful traditions would only help to deepen, broaden, and systematize our understanding of the context of the three French verses.

      If there are three metaphysical stages or forms as regards the development of a certain system of thinking, these three verses are representative of that of the transitional stage when "the need of a systematic effort for unification is felt" (Lonergan, Insight, 1973, p. 391) Accordingly, the three stages or forms of metaphysics outlined by Lonergan are: (1) the latent or implicit form; (2) the problematic or transitional form; (3) the explicit or systematic form (cf. Lonergan, Insight, 1973, p. 391).

     Apparently, the Holy Scriptures and even the teachings of the Church in general would represent the first latent or implicit form of the composition of Catholic Theology of Energies, followed by the traditional Orthodox tradition of varying energies in the transitional form. Obviously, this is where the present Catholic Theology of Energies may come in, i.e., to bring such a transitional form further to its explicit or systematic form, however imperfectly. Thus, in due time, others would do it better.

     As a significant part of the conclusion observed by Jean-Claude Larchet in his work entitled La théologie des énergies divines: Des origines à saint Jean Damascène (Paris: Les Éditiones du Cerf, 2010), the three French verses found on p. 451 are as follows: Le mot energeia est utilisé dans des contextes divers, dans un sens aussi bien négative que positif, pour désigner les activités ou les opérations de Dieu, des anges, des hommes, mais aussi des démons. Il est parfois cité aux côtés des notions d’essence ou de puissance, mais sans qu’une corrélation soit établie entre ces notions. Certains éléments qui appartiendront ultérierement à la théologie des énergies divines y paraissent ébuachés, mais le plus souvent sans le recours à la notion même d’energeia; ils méritant cependant d’être mentionnés.

     Correspondingly, the English translation of these French verses by *Emerita Prof. Lanagan who is a French native is as follows: "The word 'energeia' can be used in different contexts; it can have a negative, as well as a positive meaning, for it can allude to the activities or operations of God, of angels, of humans, but also of demons. It is sometimes mentioned in the same context as the notions of essence or of power, but without establishing a correlation between these notions. Some elements which will eventually belong to the theology of divine energies appear there already in a sketchy form, but mostly without recourse to the notion of energeia itself; however, this still deserves a mention."

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Feb. 4, *updated Feb. 5)

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 (5) A grateful word is also due to Prof. Vincent Shen for having remarkably proofread the author's Chinese translation of the three French verses aforementioned. One may say that, to a significant extent, Chapter Three of the current Chinese project is a microcosmic research and systematic development of these three French verses in Chinese seen here below:

       Energeia一字用在各種不同文本脈絡中,其意時而正面時而負面,用以表達天主、天使、人,甚致魔鬼的活動或運作。

       這字有時也隨伴本質或能力的概念之旁,但這些概念彼此之間並未建立其共同相互關係。某些終究屬於天主神性之氣的神學

       [la théologie des énergies divines]的構成部份似乎是在蘊釀中,經常沒有訴諸 Energeia 一字,然而卻值得在此一提。

   Accordingly, Prof. Vincent Shen (沈清松) as well as Emeritus Prof. Carol Kwan (關永中) have been acknowledged as the two most well-recognized Chinese Catholic philosophers in the world today. At the same time, their great philosophical writings have been appreciably quoted a few times in the present Chinese work as regards the research and development of the Catholic Theology of Qis.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Feb. 12)

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 (6) *"Fully differentiated consciousness is the fruit of an extremely prolonged development." (Bernard Longeran, Method in Theology, 1973, p. 257) *Therefore, a grateful word is due to the advice given previously by Rev. Prof. Simon Wong *(黄錦文), S.J., an excellent teacher on Lonergan's theological method, i.e., to do academic work slowly. If God is indeed willing, such an advice is particularly important as the author is called to focus, in collaboration with other scholars, on four academic projects over the next decade or so:

     (1) The current Chinese project on the introduction to the research and development of Catholic Theology of Qis which is almost half done after a few years;

     (2) The English project on the introduction to the research and development of Catholic Theology of Energies which is yet to begin;

     (3) The Chinese Dictionary of Catholic Theology of Qis which is moving ahead very very slowly;

     (4) The English Dictionary of Catholic Theology of Energies which is moving ahead very very slowly.

     *Apparently, the appropriate way of doing it is: (1) Do what we can; (2) Let others do better; (3) Rejoice evermore (1Thess 5:16-24).

     Since saying "Alleluia" can only be resumed after Lent, may praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Feb. 26, *updated Feb. 27)

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 (7) A grateful word is due to Prof. Tsai Yi Jia (蔡怡佳), the recent award-winning Director of the Fu Jen Department of Religious Studies, for recommending the author to teach the course entitled Orthodox Thought and Spirituality. Taught 10 years ago, this graduate English course has started yesterday, using The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church by Vladimir Lossky (Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1976) as the main text book. Among others, this outstanding book introduces to us the important relationship between God's Uncreated Energies and the process of Theosis, Deification or Divinization which is central in Eastern Orthodox theology.

     Besides, this course also helps us Western Christians who tend to be more rational than mystical to appreciate the sacred tradition of Eastern Christianity which is mystically oriented. As we know, St. Pope John-Paul II in his encyclical Ut Unum Sint issued in 1995 encouraged Catholics in general to breathe with the two lungs of the Universal Church. Clearly, this ecumenical position is in consistence with the Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite called Orientalium Ecclesiarum in Latin which was promulgated by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1964 during the Vatican II Council (1962-1965).

     Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints.  (Feb. 28)

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 (8) A grateful word is due to Rev. Emeritus Prof. Mark Fang (房志榮), S.J., the most senior well-recognized Chinese Catholic theologians in the world today, as well as to Rev. Emeritus Prof. Matthias Christian (田默迪) , S.V.D., a former wonderful professor of philosophy at Fu Jen, for reassuring the following important points:

     (1) For the development of the present Catholic Theology of Energies (Qis), it appears that the two-millennia time-tested sacred tradition of Eastern Christianity on God's Divine Energies and the energy of the Angels and devils is immensely important, even more important than the Chinese culture of various qis which has not been sufficiently tested according to the Christian tradition;

     (2) The Chinese and English Dictionaries of Catholic Theology of Energies are like the two long appendices of the Chinese and English versions of the Introduction to the Research and Development of Catholic Theology of Energies. Hence, it seems better for the Dictionaries to be done after the publication of the two Introductions;

     (3) Apparently, it is important for these projects to be done well in a low-key fashion and then gladly let other people do them even better later.

    Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints.  (March 5)  

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 (9)  A grateful word is due to Rev. Emeritus Prof. Aloisius Gutheniz (谷寒松), S.J., for reassuring the following three statements concerning the present development of Catholic Theology of Energy as a new renewing theology. Apparently, being the editor-in-chief of three encyclopedic Chinese Catholic theological dictionaries, Prof. Gutheniz is the second most senior well-recognized Chinese Catholic theologian in the world today, following after Rev. Emeritus Prof. Mark Fang, S.J.

 1.  Catholic Theology of Energy is a new way of viewing all beings recorded in the Holy Scriptures and the documents of the Church, i.e., in terms of a dynamic concept of nature, instead of the traditional static one.

    

     Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) issued in 1965 during the Vatican II Council (1962-1965) states: “And so mankind

substitutes a dynamic and more evolutionary concept of nature for a static one, and the result is an immense series of new problems calling for a new endeavor of analysis

and synthesis.” (Gaudium et Spes 5)

 

 2. Catholic Theology of Energy views every existing being in terms of a dynamic energy-like being. Indeed, one may discover that there has been a significant metaphysical paradigm shift sweeping across the whole global village during the 20th century, i.e., from everything is a static being to everything is a dynamic energy-like being.

      As we know, since the beginning of the 20th century, the whole world, on the one hand, has been increasingly influenced, for instance, by the development of quantum physics and high technologies, as well as the promotion of Freudian and Jungian concepts of psychic energies. On the other hand, the belief of the Orthodox concept of God’s Divine Energy, the practice of energy medicine, qi exercise, qi philosophy of Asian cultures like that of the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese have been more and more accepted.

 3.  Hence, Catholic Theology of Energy is not new in the sense that it is an underlying part of the anti-Christian New Age movement, newly and completely independent of the Holy Scriptures and the teachings of the Church. Rather, faithful to the Magisterium, Catholic Theology of Energy is new in the sense that it is taking on a new renewing way of interpreting the Gospel for the present and future generations, according to the new emerging metaphysical paradigm shift sweeping across the whole humanity aforementioned. Such a metaphysical paradigm shift is clearly one of the significant signs of the times taking place presently at the dawn of the third millennium.

      As we know, “the Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel.” (Gaudium et Spes 4)

       Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints.  (March 9)  

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  (10) A grateful word is due to Rev. Prof. John Lai (賴効忠), Dean of the Fu Jen Academia Catholica, as well as to Emeritus Prof. Bernard Li (黎建球), former President of the Fu Jen Catholic University, for advising and encouraging approvingly the current Orthodox course to be taught well. By the blessing of the Holy Spirit. this course seems to be the only Eastern Christian course being taught among all the Chinese Catholic schools in Asia. Hence, providentially, it is quite important, in view that St. Pope John Paul II has said that the Church must breathe with both of her lungs, i.e., with the sacred traditions of both Western and the Eastern Christianity. In addition, the time-tested divinization (Theosis)-oriented sacred tradition of varying energies (Divine, angelic, diabolic, human, in particular the Divine Energy of God) in Eastern Christianity is the foundation of foundations for the present development of Catholic Theology of Energies.

     By the way, the metaphysical concept that every thing is a qi-thing in the Chinese culture as integrally proposed by Rev. Emeritus Prof. Aloysius Chang (張春申), S.J., and Prof. Duh Bao Ruei (杜保瑞) comes in only afterwards, i.e., to help supplement, enrich, unify and systematize these various energies inculturally and contextually according to the teaching of the Catholic Church into one coherent system of Chinese Catholic theological thought. On this note, however imperfectly, the author will go ahead very slowly and compose or put together one definition after another for the Dictionaries (at least once a year or so), since there are so few of us who, with all due respect, have adequately encountered Orthodox or Eastern Catholic theology. Otherwise, nothing or not much may be done for such a composition. Thank you for understanding.

      In any case, faithful to the Magisterium, this graduate Orthodox course aforementioned, therefore, has been taught in terms of the Eastern Catholic approach. As we know, the current biggest difference between Eastern Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity is that the former has acknowledged that the Pope is the Head of the whole Universal Church, whereas the latter has not. However, both share basically the same Eastern mystical theology, sacred spirituality, and liturgical tradition.

      By the grace of God, the 5th Bi-annual Conference on Bernard Lonergan and Contemporary Thought is being held tomorrow (on March 23) at the Fu Jen Academia Catholica. One of the papers being presented is on qi, in which the Lonergan approach to cognitional theory is used. In fact, this paper called *"True-self Appropriating God's Omnipresent Divine Qi" by the author is a continuation of the Chinese paper recently published by him which is entitled "Developing a Basic Lonerganian Process-Metaphysics Framework for Self-Appropriating Christian Truths."

 

     By the way, with respect to the future development of Fu Jen Academia Catholica, Rev. Dean Prof. Lai has recently announced that the Academia has planned to inaugurate its new additional research area, i.e., theology. Having been substantially philosophical since its beginning, this is a very good news to the Academia. Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints.  (March 22, *updated March 31)  

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  (11) In retrospect, a thankful word is due to Rev. Prof. John Lai for the advice, as a gentle reminder, to make clear the research nature of the present Chinese project, as well as to stress the theological point that God's omnipresent Divine Energy is not hypostatic, unlike God Himself who is hypostatic. If not, the present powerpoint presented during the Lonergan Conference as well as Chapter I of the Chinese project, etc., would not have improved accordingly.

      In any case, besides the author, this theological point has also been stressed by countless Orthodox and Eastern Catholic theologians, such as St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), Prof. Vladimir Lossky (1903-1958), Rt. Rev. Prof. Petro B.T. Bilaniuk (1932-1998), Rev. Prof. Peter Galadza, and Rev. Prof. Brian Butcher, in their sacred tradition. Otherwise, the present panentheistic (God-is-in-all-creation) theology will fall into the New Age's pantheistic (all-created-things-are-Gods) heresy, totally unacceptable to the monotheistic (there-is-only-one-God) Christianity.

       It appears that Eastern Christianity as a whole has addressed the human participation of God's non-hypostatic Divine Nature or Divine Energy according to the finite human nature in terms of the distinction between God's Essence and Energy established by St. Gregory Palamas. Notably, if human beings had partaken of God's unfathomable, unknowable, unapproachable, unparticipable hypostatic Divine Essence, the Three Divine Persons in One God would instantly become Countless Divine Persons in One God. "God would no longer be Trinity, but 'of myriads of hypostases'." (Vladimir Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, 1976, p. 70)

       In fact, St. Gregory Palamas views the omnipresent partakable Divine Energy of God as "lesser divinity" and regards the omnipresent forever unapproachable Divine Essence of God as "greater divinity." (Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, 1976, p. 81) Apparently, in God there is no compositeness or division. Such a division is due precisely to our created human limitation, i.e., we can partake of God's non-hypostatic Divine Energy, but we can never partake of God's hypostatic Divine Essence. For all eternity, only God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit can partake of the hypostatic Divine Essence. Such a participation is not given even to the Mother of God, since she is forever only a creature of God, however immensely blessed she has been by the Most Holy Trinity, *being the most beloved Daughter of God the Father, the most beloved Mother of God the Son, and the most beloved Spouse of the Holy Spirit, far above all the other Holy Angels and Saints in Heaven.

       All in all, a grateful word is due to Prof. Wynne Chen (陳文祥) for organizing the 5th Bi-annual Lonergan Conference as well as for all the precious prayers said for the evangelical purpose of the Holy Spirit.

       Happy Easter! Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints.   (March 26, *updated April 10)

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  (12) As Rev. Emeritus Prof. Aloisius Gutheniz, S.J., mentioned recently about communicating with his Austrian friend at the Vatican, the following thought occurs: Providentially, it is increasingly clear that the present Catholic Theology of Energy (Qi) is called to become more a universal than a local theology. Hence, following the right way of building a house as instructed by the Lord, the very foundation of this Theology has to be built upon not only on the Resurrected Christ and His Church on the whole, but also specifically on the unshakeable, two-millennium, time-tested, *Salvation-or-Theosis-oriented, the-Most-Holy-Trinity-based, Divine-Revelation-grounded, solemnly-verified-by-numerous-mystics-and-canonized-Saints-and-Fathers-and-Councils-of-the-Church sacred tradition of Eastern Christianity concerning varying energies (Divine, angelic, diabolic, human, in particular the Uncreated Divine Energy of God), rather than, with all due respect, on the shakable, insufficiently time-tested, non-Christian Chinese tradition of qis. As we know, the Second Vatican Council has an incredibly high esteem for the sacred tradition of the Eastern Catholic Church as a whole, as the Decree entitled Orientalium Ecclesiarum clearly states.

     However, as aforementioned, the four-millennium-tested natural revelation of the beloved prosperous Chinese tradition of qis, in particular its metaphysical every-thing-is-a-qi-thing dimension, should come in indispensably as a supporting enriching role, instead of acting as the primary guidance for the current development of Catholic Theology of Qis. Otherwise, in the present age of instant communication, the present Catholic Theology may not be able to withstand in the long run the scrutiny of the Christian Church we love. To that extent, the author would like to apologize for this belated discovery as regards the sure foundation of Eastern Christianity which has taken such a long time to discover or rediscover. In his previous works, he did emphasize the importance of such an Eastern foundation, but not knowing that it is of such an incomparably paramount magnitude. Nevertheless, it only reaffirms what Lonergan distinctively says, i.e., "Fully differentiated consciousness is the fruit of an extremely prolonged development." (Lonergan, Method in Theology, 1976, p. 257) All in all, as we know so well, both Divine Revelation and natural revelation, ultimately speaking, are given by God to humanity. Without uncalled-for conflicts, they are blessed gifts meant to be mutually supplementary or complementary towards each other *in Christ in perfect harmony for the blessing of all.

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints.   (April 8, *April 21)

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--- Dec. 1, 2017 ---  Month of the Divine Infancy

   (1) In retrospect, there is a great similarity between Fatima and the Advent. As there is always room to improve in our imperfections as potential citizens of Heaven (Phil 3:20), both events are for our humble and repentant preparation for the coming of the Lord to be dwelling deeper *and wider among us all *through Mary the Mother of God. With respect to the Advent, it is a season in loving preparation to welcome the Word made flesh.

       To begin, God who is Love has created all human beings to love us, to bless us on earth, to be in increasing divinization and loving union with Him both on earth and in Heaven. As we know, it is always sin and its effects which prevent us all from attaining such a divine plan. Although through Christ our salvation is lovingly guaranteed, we still have to do our loving part (*i.e., loving God, others, and ourselves) in humble repentant collaboration.

       Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Dec. 1, *updated Dec. 14)

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  (2) By the grace of God, most recently two wonderful deans of two different Catholic faculties of theology at the University of Toronto have shown notable interest in the current project on the research and development of Catholic Theology of Energies. One is Rev. Prof. Scott Lewis, S.J., Dean of the Jesuit theological Regis College and the other is Prof. James Ginther, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at St. Michael's College. Earlier, Rev. Prof. Alex Yeung, L.C., Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at Regina Apostolorum, a Catholic university in Rome, has also expressed his significant interest in this project. Therefore, when the English version of this project has reached its final version in the future, they would like to take a serious look at it.

      A grateful word is also due to all the occasional advisors and all the intercessors for this Catholic project for the evangelical purpose of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, the Chinese version of this project does have a great influence and correlation to the English version. *By the way it has been developing, it appears that, if God and the scholars involved are willing, both the Chinese and English versions of this work are going to be published in the name of AITEA, i.e., Association of International Theology of Energies Authors.

      Authors. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Dec. 7, *Dec. 9)

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  (3) By the grace of God, the special Hour of Grace to be attended on December 8th during the celebration of *the great feast of *the Immaculate Conception will start at 12:00 noon.  

       *May Our Lady of Guadelupe who is also called the Immaculate Conception of Mary continue to bless us all! As we know, without the Immaculate Conception of Mary, there would not have been the Immaculate Conception of the Sacred Humanity of Jesus. Ultimately, one may say the role of Our Heavenly Mother in salvation history is to help God to immaculatize or make pure all humanity, so that all of us may resemble and partake of the immaculate humanity and divinity of Christ.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Dec. 7, *updated Dec. 12)

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  (4) Today is the feast of St. John the Cross. What can we learn as regards his practical spirituality living in the present world which is oftentimes quite distractive, chaotic, confusing, filled with events and crosses which are against our own comfort, will, and plan, etc., even after we have done our best. Among others, three things can be learned: (1) the central importance of Jesus in our life; (2) discerning and doing His holy will; (3) acceptance of our limitations and trusting at the same time in Jesus' merciful love.

     According to a prayerful (*non-fundraising) statement given by a cloister nun who has integrated well the spirituality of St. John the Cross and that of St. Teresa of Avila, we may repeatedly say or meditate the following prayer addressed to the Lord: "It is nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing! Only Jesus (who is inseparable with His will) matters." Simultaneously, if something is really from God, it would be wonderfully fulfilled by our patient, humble and constant cooperation with God's grace, as St. Teresa would wisely say.

   Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Dec. 14, *updated Dec. 16)

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  (5) By the grace of God, the brief mission of the present Catholic Theology of Energies stated above has entered the English Dictionary above. A thankful word is due to Emeritus Prof. Janine Langan, Rev. Fr. Leo Reilly, C.S.B., as well as Rev. Prof. Peter Galadza and *Rev. Subdeacon Prof. Brian Butcher of the Sheptytsky Institute of the Eastern Christian Studies at the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, for proofreading.

      *Apparently, the present Theology breathing with the two lungs of the Church, i.e., the Western and Eastern sacred traditions of the Church, is a great gift from Heaven, if it is called providentially to reach out gradually to serve the whole universal Church. *At the same time, it appears that both the English and the Chinese Dictionaries above are also called, as they should, to be published in the name of AITEA, i.e., Association of International Theology of Energies Authors.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Dec. 14, *updated Dec. 16)

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  (6) The Christmas holiday for the present website this year begins from Dec. 17 and lasts until Jan. 1, 2018.

      Graciously, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the wonderful visitors to this site! Have a happy, restful and prayerful holiday in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Dec. 16)

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  (7) As a footnote to the central importance of Jesus in our lives, the following may be notable, as we are looking forward to celebrating the birthday of Jesus.

      Indeed, Jesus may have appeared in many forms, e.g., the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, the historical Jesus, the fetus Jesus, the baby Jesus, the child Jesus, the adult Jesus, the Jesus on the Cross, the Resurrected Jesus, the Jesus in Heaven, the personal Jesus in our heart, the omnipresent Jesus of all creation, the Eucharistic Jesus; etc. However silent, still, humble, hidden, invisible such appearances may have been, Jesus is and remains to be the following identity for us all from all eternity to all eternity, i.e. from one end of salvation history to the other. 

      In the absolute sense, i.e.. without exception, insofar as each individual person and the whole universe are concerned, Jesus is very much the First Cause, i.e., the Alpha of all creation, since through Him all things have been made (Col 1:16; etc.). At the same time, Jesus is very much the Final Cause, i.e., the Omega, since for Him all creation has been created (Col 1:16; etc.). Further, Jesus is very much the Efficient Cause, i.e., in Him all things hold together and without Him nothing positive can be done (Col 1:17; etc.). Finally, Jesus is also very much the Formal Cause, i.e., according to His image each person as the image of God is created (Col 1:15; etc.). Simultaneously, all things are created in varying degrees according to His perfections and riches, for it is in Jesus that the fullness of God has been pleased to dwell (Col 1:19; etc.). It is sin which has damaged all creation. Yet, it is through Jesus that all creation (outside Hell) is to be heavenly restored by way of its cooperation (Col 1:20; etc.)

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Dec. 17)

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  (8) By the way, earlier today Prof. Vincent Shen (who is still teaching at the University of Toronto) and the author had a little celebration in which we went to Holy Mass and had lunch together. It is an anniversary day to remember, as the author received belatedly his Ph.D. only 10 years ago today under the supervision of Prof. Vincent Shen at the pontifical Fu Jen Catholic University. 

     Among others, Prof. Vincent is remembered of his encouraging word said 10 years ago today, i.e., the author is a late bloomer in life. Hopefully, this is correct according to God's plan. If this is not, as the cloister nun says: "It is nothing, nothing, nothing . . . . . Only Jesus (who is inseparable from His holy will) matters." To be sure, such a humble spirituality if it is necessary is improvable by means of God's grace, e.g., by way of going to Confession after Confession. In any case, a grateful word is due to Prof. Vincent for have been a great and kind teacher.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Dec. 17)

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  (9) As another footnote, in order for the English and Chinese Dictionaries to be more focused above, the three less important subsites are removed. While the Mandarin subsite seems outdated, the Student's Corner and the English subsite are moved to the bottom of this page.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Dec. 17) 

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--- Nov. 1, 2017 ---  Month of the Holy Souls; Fatima Procesion; 100th Anni. of Fatima Nov. 27, 2016 - Nov. 26, 2017; Five Prayers taught at Fatima

  (1) Today is All Saints' Day. It is a very important day. One may say that the ultimate goal of the whole salvation process is that all human beings would become saints. As we know so well, only saints can go to Heaven to be in everlasting union with the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian Family of Holy Angels and Saints in Heaven.

      How do we become saints? According to St. Augustine, the way of spiritual growth consists of three principles, i.e., humility, humility, and humility. Therefore, one sure way of becoming a saint, a completely purified, or a fully spiritually grown person is by way of humble repentance, humble repentance, and humble repentance, even unceasingly. *Obviously, such acts of repentance should be balanced by our unconditional trust in the love and mercy of God, as St. Therese of Lisieux encourages us to practice "the abandonment of a little child that goes to sleep without fear in the arms of his father [or mother]." Without doubt, to avoid effectively any imprudent extremities and unnecessary confusions, etc., it is always wise and prudent to have at least one experienced spiritual director or advisor in our Christian life.

      Apparently, the only real enemy of all humanity is the evil one who tends, among others, to confuse us all the time. For example, yesterday countless people around this global village took on the Halloween as an entertaining celebration of evil figures, thus neutralizing or even condoning most innocently the unspeakably wicked presence of the evil spirits prowling around this world days and nights. May all the Saints and Holy Angels in Heaven continue to pray and protect us all ever more!

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Nov. 1, *updated Nov. 3)

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  (2) Today is all Souls' Day. Susan Tassone, an educated Catholic, reminds us of making a wonderful deal with holy souls in Purgatory: "When we pray to the holy souls, those souls, when they go to Heaven, will serve as our escorts into Heaven."

      She furthers states the following: "According to St. Augustine, the holy souls are informed about who comes to their relief. This is special divine revelation or through their guardian angels. The gratitude of those holy souls will last throughout eternity. They return the benefits in temporal affairs as well as in the affairs of our salvation: coming to our aid especially at the hour of death and before the tribunal of judgment."

     "St. Bridget hears the souls in purgatory call to Heaven, saying in a loud collective voice, 'O merciful God, reward a hundredfold the charity of them that by their good works assist us to come from out of darkness to the eternal light and to attain your Beatific Vision.'"

     "The Venerable Frances of the Blessed Sacrament assures us that the holy souls assisted her in all dangers, and disclosed to her the snares of the devil. A soul appearing to her said: 'Fear not, we will always defend you.' Another soul assured her, 'We pray daily for you; and as often as anyone remembers us, we also remember him and intercede for him with God. Especially do we implore for him the grace to serve God well and to die a happy death.'" 

     Apparently, as all Catholics would agree, the Holy Mass is the greatest and most efficacious prayer for holy souls. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Nov. 2) 

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  (3) While preparing for the graduate course to be taught in the spring term (2018) at the Fu Jen Catholic University on Orthodox thought and spirituality and reading Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria by the Vatican's International Theological Commission (2011), the following mission of the present Catholic Theology of Energy, insofar as the author is concerned, is discovered:

     *As a Catholic theology seeking to synthesize the sacred traditions of Eastern and Western Christianity (Theology Today 99) in the process of theosis or divinization, Catholic Theology of Energy is called to help brothers and sisters in Christ to discover, activate, and partake of God's omnipresent Divine Energy or divine nature as "partakers of divine nature" (2Pet 1:4), via the Word, prayers, virtues, and good works in and through the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of Christian life (Lumen Gentium 11), of all preaching of the Gospel (Presbyterorum Ordinis 5), and of all theology (Theology Today 94). 

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints! (Nov. 9, *updated Nov. 19) 

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  (4) Today is the feast of St. Josephat, a saintly hero in the history of the Catholic Church for promoting the ecumenical union between Eastern and Western Christianity. Remarkably, St. Josephat is lauded as "an unshakeable pillar of unity" in The Divine Liturgy: An Anthology for Worship edited among others by Rev. Peter Galadza, Editor-in-Chief (Ottawa: Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, 2004, p. 721).

       By the grace of God, Rev. Prof. Peter Galadza, director of the Sheptytsky Institute and one of its professors, Prof. Brian Butcher, have agreed to become occasional advisors on Eastern Christian studies for Catholic Theology of Energy. This is a very good news! As we know, this Institute has just moved from Ottawa most recently to become a part of the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto. In fact, since the death of Rt. Rev. Prof. Petro Bilaniuk (1932-1998) and Dr. Isabel Massey (? - 2015), the development of Catholic Theology of Energy has been left without any occasional advisor for Eastern Christian studies.

      An interesting historical blessing is that Dr. Isabel Massey, Rev. Prof. Peter Galadza and the author were all former students of Rt. Rev. Petro Bilaniuk many years ago. A grateful word is due, therefore, to Emeritus Prof. Janine Langan, Rev. Fr. Leo Reilly, CSB, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Paul Hwang, and Ms. Jeannine Beaudoin of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Holy Eucharist for the inspired insight to contact the Sheptytsky Institute. Apparently, Rt. Rev. Prof. Petro, along with Our Heavenly Mother, St. Josephat, Dr. Isabel, all the Holy Angels and Saints, as well as countless Holy Souls and many sisters and brothers in Christ must have been interceding for Catholic Theology of Energy for the evangelical and ecumenical purpose of the Holy Spirit.

       Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints! (Nov. 12) 

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  (5) A grateful word is due to Rev. Prof. Peter Galadza and Prof. Brian Butcher of Sheptytsky Institute for helping to proofread further the mission of Catholic Theology of Energy as seen above. Indeed, this Theology of Energy may be used in the plural as Theology of Energies, as it seeks to include also other forms of energies such as angelic energy, saintly energy, diabolic energy, human energy, etc., in the process of salvation or divinization. It is true that this succinct definition on the mission of Catholic Theology of Energy was graciously proofread earlier by Emeritus Prof. Janine Langan and Rev. Fr. Leo Reilly, CSB, Ph.D. To be sure, the above wording is open for further advice or suggestion, since there is no wording which is perfect.

      Moreover, in loving memory of Rt. Rev. Prof. Petro B. T. Bilaniuk (1932-1998) who would have gone to the Lord next year for 20 years, Rev. Galadza has tentatively decided to hold an anniversary event for Prof. Bilaniuk next September or October. Most recently invited to become a fellow of the Sheptytsky Institute, the author is asked to give an introductory summary of Prof. Bilaniuk's theological work. This is in accordance to an essay entitled "An Introduction to Petro Bilaniuk's Theological Work" published in 1992 in the Festschrift in honour of Rt. Rev. Petro B. T. Bilaniuk. Apparently, there should be more speakers for this important event.  

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints! (Nov. 20) 

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  (6) One may say, ultimately, in association with the scholars, associates or occasional advisers, the author is called to help building an appropriate foundation of the present Catholic Theology of Energies. Hence, when the time comes within the next decade or so for publication *of both the Chinese and the English versions on the introduction to the research and development of Catholic Theology of Energies, such *a work is only proper to be published as a team effort, e.g., to be published in the name of AITEA (i.e., Association of International Theology of Energies Authors).

       In the introduction or Preface of this collaborated work , it may read: "The present book has been drafted by the author and subsequently proofread *in whole or in part, as well as agreed upon *fundamentally by the following list of scholars, occasional advisers or associates of AITEA." To be sure, this is only a suggestion to be further agreed upon by the members or occasional advisers of AITEA.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints! (Nov. 20, *Nov. 23) 

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  (7) By the grace of God, Chapter II of the Chinese version on the introduction to the research and development of Catholic Theology of Qis has finally been completed. To be sure, some minor corrections may still be needed in the future. But in any case, this chapter has been finished which has taken more than one year and half to complete, amid doing many other things. At the beginning, it was thought it would only take no more than three months to do so.

      What a big relief and grateful feeling it is to God! A word of thankfulness is also due to varying dedicated proofreaders, i.e., *chronologically Rev. Prof. Aloisius Gutheniz, S.J., Rev. Prof. Mark Fang, S.J., Dr. (Sci.) Paul Kwong, Prof. Duh Bau Ruei, Prof. John B. Chuang, Prof. Carlo Kwan,  as well as many intercessors, such as Our Heavenly Mother and all the other Saints and Holy Angels, including the Holy Souls and many sisters and brothers in Christ.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints! (Nov. 25, *updated Nov. 26) 

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  (8) By the way, Prof. Duh Bao Ruei is now teaching at a well-known university in Shanghai, China. Since he is no longer at the National Taiwan University, his academic digital link has been deleted from the NTU official site. When the link is updated, it will be put back in the Chinese Dictionary above.

      Also a grateful word is due to Ms. Jeannine Beaudoin at the bookstore of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Holy Eucharist who has wonderfully recommended and sold to the author an important book entitled La théologie des énergies divines: *Des origines à saint Jean Damascène by Jean-Claude Larchet, published in 2010 in Paris by Les Éditions du Cerf (479 pages). Apparently, there is hardly a book anywhere which has studied the history of God's Divine Energy in such a length.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints! (Nov. 26, *Update Nov. 27)  

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  (9) Today is the solemnity of Christ the King as well as the final date for the celebration of the 100 Anniversary of Fatima. One may therefore say that the final date is also the date of re-beginning in deepening our relationship with Christ the King and His Queen Mother.

       All in all, one may say Fatima is about Heaven, i.e., through the Queen of Heaven, Christ the King has invited us all to be very serious about going to Heaven, the everlasting home for all humanity. At the same time, Fatima is about Hell, i.e., through the Mediatrix of Grace, Christ the King wants us all to avoid spending the rest of eternity in Hell with the devils. Fatima is also about Purgatory, i.e., through the Mother of Mercy, Christ the King asks us to pray even daily for the Holy Souls *and the conversion of souls living on earth in the state of mortal sin.

       Moreover, Fatima is about repentance, reparations or possibilities of the future of this world, i.e., through the Mother of Hope, Christ the King is giving us all a great deal in which through the repentance of our sins and reparations we do for the sins of the world, the possibilities of the future of the whole human family would be incredibly limitless. Finally, Fatima is about consecrating ourselves constantly to the Most Sacred Heart of the King of all creation and the Immaculate Heart of the Queen of the Universe in divinization, which would become a very easy way for us to be increasingly close to the Most Holy Trinity.

       Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints! (Nov. 26, *Update Nov. 29)  

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--- October 1, 2017 ---  Month of the Most Holy Rosary; Fatima Procesion; 100th Anni. of Fatima Nov. 27, 2016 - Nov. 26, 2017; Five Prayers taught at Fatima

  (1) Today is beginning of the month of the Most Holy Rosary. As we know, praying the Holy Rosary can often bring us many incredible blessings given to us by the Most Holy Trinity and the Mother of God herself. Today is also the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, patroness of missionaries. In addition, today is also the anniversary of the canonization of the 120 Chinese martyrs.

     May *Our Heavenly Mother, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (Oct. 7), St. Therese, the Chinese martyrs, as well as Our Dear Holy Guardian Angels (Oct. 2) and St. Francis (Oct. 4) continue to pray and bless us all!

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 1, *updated Oct. 7)

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 (2)  By the grace of God, within the next few weeks, a Chinese article written by the author entitled "Developing a Basic Lonerganian Process-Metaphysics Framework for Self-appropriating Christian Truths" should be published by one of the established Chinese journals in Taiwan. At the same time, another Chinese article should be completed by the author in writing. Both papers seek to further develop the cognitional theory of Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984) to some necessary extent for the future development of Catholic Theology of Qis.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 1)

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 (3) One may ask: Is there any future of Catholic Theology of Energies (Qis)?  Obviously, this question is best answered by God Himself whose much-higher thought and way are usually not our human thoughts and ways. However, what the author can do within his limitations is to acquire an appropriate awareness, attitude and action towards such an important project in terms of the spirituality of St. Theresa of Jesus (Oct. 15) which to some significant extent may be summed up in a succinct spiritual formula called "CCDrDrLLRR in Jesus." Accordingly,

     C is for Consecrating CTE (Catholic Theology of Energies)

     C is for Christ (i.e., consecrating CTE to Christ through Our Heavenly Mother)

     Dr is for Discerning rightly (as regards CTE)

     Dr. is for Doing reviewingly (doing CTE together with others as much as possible according to their reviews)

     L  is for Letting God (according to God's thought and way, unconditionally)

     L is for Letting go (according to human way thinking and letting others do better later)

     R is for Relaxing (in the Lord and His wonderful graces)

     R is for Rejoicing (rejoicing, e.g., according to 1Thess *5:16-18,23-24)

     in Jesus (in the Lord Jesus, e.g., according to Rom 14:7-8)

    Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 1, *updated Oct. 5)

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  (4) Today is Thanksgiving Monday in Canada. Let us thank God for all the blessings given to us, in particular the Most Holy Trinity, Our Heavenly Mother and our precious Catholic faith.

        Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 9)

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  (5) Thankfully, the foundation of the present form of Catholic Theology of Energies is the Eastern Catholic Theology of God's Uncreated Divine Energy. Hence, Catholic Theology of Energies has an immense future to be further developed by many people on such a time-tested, unshakable theological foundation.

       To be more exact, insofar as the author is concerned, amid the Holy Bible, the Magisterium, the sacred tradition of the Catholic Church, and occasional consultation with occasional advisors, *the foundation of foundations of Catholic Theology of Energies is threefold:

      (1) the divinizing Eastern Catholic Theology of God's Uncreated Divine Energy; grounded further upon

      (2) the divinizing Most Holy Eucharist in which the divinizing Most Holy Trinity is fully present;

      (3) the divinizing Holy Mother of God who, like the divinizing Most Holy Trinity, is constantly surrounded by the whole divinizing Family of divinizing Holy Angels and divinizing Saints.

      Obviously, this Theology is developed for the evangelical purpose of the Divine Heavenly Family, i.e., the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian Family of Holy Angels and Saints. Thus, many or eventually countless people may be divinized and enter forever into the Divine Heavenly Family n Heaven in the present process of salvation or Familization of the whole humankind by the Divine Heavenly Family.

     One may ask: Why does it take so long for such a development? The answer is simple. Indeed, for those who have studied directly or indirectly the history with regards to the development of  theology or human thought would understand what Lonergan means as he says: "Fully differentiated consciousness is the fruit of an extremely prolonged development." (Method in Theology, 1973, p. 257) All in all, everything, if God is willing, is completely in the hands of Providence. At the same time, St. Paul reiterates that God who calls us is faithful and He will do it (1Thess 5:24).

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 9, *updated Oct. 11)

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  (6) By the grace of God, the first Chinese paper on Lonergan aforementioned for the future development of Catholic Theology of Qis is now published. At the same time, the second Chinese paper written as a necessary sequel should be completed within this month and sent away for review and publication. A grateful word, indeed, is due to New Century Religious Studies for the review and publication of the first article.

     In fact, "letting others do better later" as mentioned above on the future development of this Theology may even begin now by others on this paper, as well as on any other works published in this site. Apparently, such a process is endless, yet we have to do what we can according to the inspirations given by Providence. According to a spiritual director, there are at least five basic important elements for a God-centered discernment for doing something for God, i.e., God-given purpose, God-given passion, God-given opportunity, God-given ability, and God-given reaffirming signs (at least two or three). At the same time, one has to keep renewing such an effort humbly and graciously before the Lord. As always, it is better to do one's discernment with the help of a spiritual director.

    Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 12)

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  (7) During the present weekend, countless Catholics around the world are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of what happened in Fatima in 1917.

       May St. Theresa of Jesus (whose feast day is today) together with Our Lady of Fatima and all the Holy Angels and Saints continue to pray and bless us all!

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 13, *updated Oct. 15)

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  (8) By all appearances, influenced by the Lord, Our Heavenly Mother, St. Therese the Little Flower, St. Theresa of Jesus, and *St. John XXIII, the author is only a little nothingness or worthless servant of Providence. If he has done anything wonderful, it is all due to God's merciful grace. *According to St. Pope John XXIII: "The feelings of my smallness and my nothingness always kept me good company." The main reason why the author quoted St. John XXIII here is that most recently he went to Confession at St. John XXIII Parish. Subsequently, for his penance, the priest there asked him to google St. John XXIII and meditate upon his wisdom sayings.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 15, *Oct. 17)

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  (9) Two days ago, a few local occasional advisers for Catholic Theology of Energies met casually for two hours at Emeritus Prof. Janine Langan's comfortable apartment to have an update on the past, present and future of this Catholic Theology. Accordingly, the English composition of the significant version on the research and development of this Theology can only begin after the publication of the Chinese version in a few years. There is no hurry. The important thing is to do it properly for the future generations.

      However, in retrospect, this Catholic Theology is also for *numerous people in the present generation, such as the countless visitors of this site (since 1998) and the many students who have been in varying classes or seminars conducted a few times in Toronto, *Hong Kong, China and Taiwan during the past two decades (since 1993). *Further, initiated by Emeritus Rev. Prof. Aloysius Chang, S.J. (1929-2005), all together countless theological articles, notes, pamphlets and books of this Catholic Theology have been written and published by various authors in both Chinese and English (since 1982 or earlier). All in all, the Holy Bible is so true, as it reveals to us: "Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain." (Ps 127:1)

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 18, *Oct. 20)

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  (10) Today is both World Mission Sunday and the feast of Pope St. John-Paul II. May St. John-Paul II continue to pray and bless the mission of the Catholic Church, including that of Catholic Theology of Energies! As we know, this Theology has adopted the Holy Pope as one of its Patron Saints. Besides, it is he who advised Catholics to breathe with two lungs with respect to the sacred traditions of both Western Catholic and Eastern Catholic traditions.

      To a significant extent, insofar as the author is concerned, this is exactly what the present Catholic Theology of Energies is all about. In other words, this Theology is an attempt to integrate, among others, the Western Catholic concept of God's grace with the Eastern Catholic concept of God's grace which is also called God's Divine Energy (or Energies). One may say the mission of Catholic Theology of Energies is simply to help others to be increasingly filled with God's grace or God's Divine Energy through the practice of prayers, virtues, good works, together with evangelization and participation in the Holy Sacraments of the Church.

       Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 22)

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  (11) Yesterday the author spent the whole day partaking in the wonderful, informative Intergenerational Healing Retreat entitled "Healing of the Family Tree" organized by the Ave Maria Centre of Peace. Besides Rev. Fr. Denis Phaneuf, the second speaker was Mrs. Moira Noonan, a convert to the Catholic faith after being involved in the New Age of 25 years. According to Rev. Denis, the ways for intergeneration healing are consecration of the family to the Divine Mercy, as well as to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Michael the Archangel. Besides, one has to practice unconditional forgiveness of others, of oneself and even of God. Further, one has to renounce the practice of all occults which are not centred on Christ, but on the evil one and oneself, directly and indirectly. *By all appearances, all these prayers and forgiving virtues for healing should be practiced, if possible, in, through and even during the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the source and summit of our salvation.

      Since everlasting perfection and perfect healing take place only in Heaven, and that the process of salvation is a process of healing, there is no doubt that each family on earth without exception is in great need of continuing intergenerational healing. Apparently, 85 % or 97% being healed is far better than 10% or 20% being healed. Perhaps such a healing includes even the Holy Family when it was on earth. As we know, the people in the blood line of  St. Joseph, for example, were not all saints (cf. Mt 1:1-16). That may be precisely why the Mother of the Lord was called to become the Immaculate Conception and the ever Blessed Virgin, so that the humanity of Christ Jesus would be immaculately conceived through the Holy Spirit and the immaculate womb of His all-holy Mother.

       As regards the New Age movement, it may be important to point out that this anti-Christian, anti-Catholic movement has hijacked, misinterpreted or taken advantages of many essential concepts of Christianity for its heretical intentions, such as "God", "Christ", "meditation", "prayer", "salvation", and even *the Eastern Catholic concept of "Divine Energy" and the Chinese concepts of "qi" and "yin and yan".

       Accordingly, as the term "energy" appears eight times in the New Testament, the concept of "Divine Energy (Energies)" has been subsequently used by Eastern Christianity for two millennia. Most or all of the Eastern Fathers of the Church were in great favour or it. At the same time, "qi" in the Chinese culture is a universal metaphysical concept, i.e., everything is "qi". In fact, there are countless kinds of "qi", some good, some evil. Further, "yin" simply means "female" and "yan" means "male".  Hence, it depends on how we use these terms. Yet, the New Age has used or misused these concepts for its anti-Christian purposes.

       Further, by the grace of God, the author had the courage during the Retreat yesterday to point out three mistakes gently to Mrs. Moira Noonan who obviously is not that familiar with Western philosophy and Chinese culture. The first mistake is that, in one of her best-sellers entitled Spiritual Deceptions in the Church and the Culture: A Comprehensive Guide to Discernment, Third Edition. Toronto: Ave Maria Centre of Peace (2015), there is a mistake in the definition of "metaphysics" (p. 298). Accordingly, this definition is that of the New Age. She was not aware of the metaphysics of Aristotle, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, etc. The second and the third mistakes are that she did not understand that "qi or chi", as well as "yin" and "yan" are just neutral terms which can be well used or misused by people. Thanks be to God, she thanked the author for pointing out these mistakes and said she would make the necessary corrections in the next edition of her book as well as in her future talks.

       Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Oct. 22, *Oct. 28)

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 September 1, 2017 ---  Month of Our Lady of Sorrows; Fatima Procesion; 100th Anni. of Fatima Nov. 27, 2016 - Nov. 26, 2017; Five Prayers taught at Fatima

  (1) According to Models of the Church, a well-known book published in 1974 by Rev. Prof. Avery Dulles, S.J. (1918-2008), who was later appointed to become a cardinal in 2001, there are five models of the Church, i.e., Institution, Mystical Communion, Sacrament, Herald, and Servant. Perhaps, as Pope Francis says what the Church should be like,  we can add that the Church is like a Field Hospital in the Process of Salvation or Healing of all humankind deeply wounded by the original sin, historical sins, social sins, ancestral sins, personal sins, etc.

      Indeed, if the Church is like a Field Hospital, then the Eucharistic Chapel or Church --- in particular *where the Confession of sins is being processed, the Holy Mass being celebrated, and the Eucharistic Exposition being held --- is like its Intensive Care Unit for the fulfillment of three noble purposes. First, the Eucharistic Chapel is where Our Most Merciful Lord Jesus would take intensive care of our spiritual and daily problems or challenges. Second, it is where we as channels of God's radiant graces would take intensive prayerful care of the problems of others, as well as those of the world. Third, it is where we as good and faithful friends of God would take intensive loving care of the Most Sorrowful Hearts of Jesus and Mary so much abandoned and wounded by the sins of the world, including those of ours.

     Hence, at the suggestion of Mrs. Maria M., a member of Grace Institute of the Holy Eucharist, Grace Institute as a little group has decided to join the all-night Eucharistic Vigil organized for years or decades by the big prayerful group called The *Alliance of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Normally, this Eucharistic Vigil is being held every first Friday of the month at St. Monica Parish, 44 Broadway Ave., Toronto, from 8:00 p.m. to the following morning at 7:00 a.m. It begins and ends with the celebration of a Holy Mass. All are welcome, even for an hour, i.e., a Holy Hour.

     Here is a site recommended by Mrs. Maria M. showing over 100 benefits of making a Holy Hour of the Eucharistic Adoration. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 1, *updated Sept. 3)

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 (2) Not every person is called to partake in the all-night Eucharistic Vigil. However, those who are called to by the Spirit of Christ to be special guests and friends of God at that occasion, both the Lord Jesus and the ones genuinely called would be so pleased.

      For example, when the Vigil was over on Saturday morning, the three persons representing Grace Institute could not wait to go back to the next monthly Eucharistic Vigil. One (not the author) even stayed behind to do more contemplative prayers. It is true that two of them had to take a long nap in the afternoon before attending the Vigil. Simultaneously, these two individuals, like some participants there, had to take another long nap during the all-night Vigil on the benches at the back of the Church, acceptably so.

     According to the anonymous Benedictine monk who wrote the book called In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart (The Journal of a Priest at Prayer), published by Angelico Press in 2016, Jesus said to the priest monk on Feb. 3, 2009 *referring at the same time to other priests: "This is what I [Jesus] want of you: time 'wasted,' spent in My presence. Time given to Me for My sake.... because I [Jesus] alone am worthy of all their love."  

     Overall, this Eucharistic Vigil at St. Monica seems to be gifted with the main characteristics of an Intensive Care Unit of the Church as a Field Hospital, i.e., where the Confession of sins is being processed, the Holy Mass being celebrated, and the Eucharistic Exposition being held. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 3, *updated Sept. 5)

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   (3)  As we know, the author is presently a young senior. Frankly speaking, he is now like all other seniors who can finally do what they really want (freely in Christ) without (reasonably speaking) having to feel any inner guilt or having to face any public complaint.

     Therefore, looking ahead with that mindset, what the author really wants to do for the years to come, on the one hand, is to pursue his dream of divinization, both for God, for others, and for himself. Or rather, it is for God, for his true self created as an image of God, and for others, according to the divine doctrine that "we shall love our neighbors as loving ourselves." *Or rather, it is for God's purposes for the blessings of all. Yet, on the other hand, he has to accept his very limitations, since, as the truth will set us free (cf. Jn 8:32), we may say that true acceptance of our true limitations is true humility, true wisdom, true peace, and true freedom in the Holy Spirit of Truth.

     Indeed, if there is one single key word which may sum up well his spiritual dream and his very lifetime writings on Catholic Theology of Qis (Energies), it is the word “divinization or theosis.”

      Thus, spiritually speaking, the author plans to pursue the Medjugorje Dream graciously recommended by Our Heavenly Mother of praying as many as four hours daily. Human speaking, it may not be possible for him to do so each day. That is why it is called a Dream. That is also why his writing is slowing down a bit, gladly so.

      Regarding his theological writings, besides writing a few pertinent research papers and occasionally so on this website, do some teaching at Fu Jen, fulfilling his family and friendly duties, etc., what he really wants to do principally for the next seven years or so, as a small but significant contribution to the mystery of divinization, is the completion (if God is willing) of both the Chinese and the English versions of the Research and Development of Catholic Theology of Qis (Energies). A grateful word, hence, is due to Rev. Prof. Simon Wong, S.J., who has advised the author several times in the past to focus on quality, rather than quantity. As we know, however wonderful it may be still, the author used to complete a book on the fast track.

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 3, *updated Sept. 6)

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  (4) Today is the Birthday of Our Heavenly Mother. Apparently, she is born to become the unsurpassed living image of Christ partaking in both His cross as well as His glory. In other words, not only is Our Heavenly Mother destined to share the cross of Christ as Our Lady of Sorrows, it is also God's perfect design that she is to become the most divinized Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin, the Immaculate Conception, the Queen of Heaven in her Assumption, indeed even the Mediatrix of all graces for all humanity.

     St. Pope John Paul II said: "We should not be surprised that providence has allowed so many different religions; we should rather be surprised that they embrace so many common elements." (Stephen Liesenfeld, On Our Pilgrimage to Eternity: 99 Sayings by John Paul II, New CIty Press, 2004, p. 89) That is perhaps why so many world religions have an immense inextricable loving tendency towards the Mother of God, such as in Hinduism, Islam, Daoism, Buddhism, Persian Mithraism, Chinese folk religions, and even in Confucianism and the anti-Christian New Age religion, etc. That is perhaps also why Catholics have to let these brothers and sisters know that Our Heavenly Mother is ultimately what they are earnestly searching for. According to God's eternal plan, is it not true that Our Heavenly Mother is the very Mother of the whole human family, i.e., not just for the Catholic and Orthodox Christians?

     Is it not so true that in Heaven, everybody there will sing "Mary, the Mother of God, is my mother too"? Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 8)

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  (5) There are two most recent news. The first news is sad but realistic, i.e., upon additional reflections, Emeritus Prof. Russell Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., who has retired for several years from teaching said he had to further retire from the present English project on the research and development of Catholic Theology of Energies. As we know, this project would only be completed about seven years from now. May God continue to bless Emeritus Prof. Russell, his family, as well as his health!

      The second news is a special blessing of God, i.e., at the recent suggestion of Prof. Paul Hwang, a neurologist, a small English discussion group on the research and development of Catholic Theology of Energies has been formed. Along with Emeritus Prof. Janine Langan and Rev. Fr. Leo Reilly, CSB, Ph.D., etc., who also live in Toronto, this small group attended by a few young people and a member or two of Grace Institute would meet only a few times a year. Therefore, it would offer appropriate suggestions and feedbacks on the research and development of the present Catholic Theology.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 10)

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  (6) By definition, one may say that divinization or theosis is the very quintessence of Christianity. This divine mystery can only be fulfilled in and through the supernatural grace (Western Catholic) or Divine Energy (Eastern Catholic) of the Most Holy Trinity. In other words, as another expression of the salvation process being initiated, continued, and fulfilled by the Most Holy Trinity reaching out to the entire creation after its fall (Rom 8:22-23), divinization or theosis is the elevation, permeation, participation, and transformation of the complete human person, the whole human family, as well as the entire universe by way of God’s *dynamic divinity, divine nature or divine energy (i.e., Divine Uncreated Energy). Hence, the dream of Catholic Theology of Energies (Qis), as far as the author is concerned, is to become an instrument of this divine dream plan of divinizing the whole defective creation according to God’s actual and sanctifying graces (Western Catholic) or God's divinizing Uncreated Energies (Eastern Catholic). *Are we not all called to be "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Pet 1:4)?

      Paraphrasing the words of Rt. Rev. Petro B. T. Bilaniuk (1932-1998), we may further say that the essence of Christianity consists in an active participation in the inner life, light, and love of the Triadic (Eastern) or Triune (Western) God. Traditionally, this participation is called theosis in Greek, i.e., the mystery of the divine transformation or transfiguration of the individual persons, the whole human family, and even the whole cosmos in Christ. Being the mystery of our union with the Most Holy Trinity, the eschatological divinization in or assimilation to the Triadic God gives the ultimate reality and meaning to all other mysteries in Christianity, i.e., Creation, Incarnation, Redemption, the Church on earth, the Church in Heaven, the Transfiguration of Christ, the Ascension of Our Lord, and the Assumption of the Mother of God, etc. (cf. Petro Bilaniuk, Studies in Eastern Christianity, Vol. 1, Munich-Toronto: Ukrainian Free University, 1977, p. 37)

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 10, *Sept. 12)

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 (7) Today is the feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To the honour of her most holy name, one may say that the whole process of salvation is a transcosmic process of God's amazing grace, being initiated, continued, and fulfilled by the Most Holy Trinity. Indeed, except for those beings who deliberately reject God's grace, this is a process of gracization in which through Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, each individual human person, including the whole human family and the whole cosmos will be increasingly graced or filled with grace by the Most Holy Trinity, until they are like Our Heavenly Mother who is "full of grace."

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 12)

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 (8) Today is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. As we know, the most holy name of Jesus has awesome power to help us over evils, carry the cross and experience its glory. Yet, mysteriously, the most holy name of His Mother, for some reasons, also has a similar great effect which would help us overcome evil forces, as well as carry our daily cross.

     For example, a wonderful priest in Toronto shared his experience most recently. Each time when he wakes up in the middle of the night for some reasons and cannot fall back to sleep, he would utter respectfully and slowly the name of Mary for a few minutes, saying "Hail Mary." Then, consistently, he will fall back to sleep soon. Perhaps one could follow the Totus-Tuus example of St. John Paul II and pray to Our Heavenly Mother in a similar manner: "All yours" or "Yours."

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 14)

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 (9) A grateful word is due to Emeritus Prof. Carlo Kwan for his most recent comments. First, he told the author not to work too hard. Second, he has no problem with regards the author's several interpretations on his writings on Lonergan in Chapter II on the research and development of Catholic Theology of Qis. Third, he advises the author to integrate an important missing aspect with this Chapter. Hence, the completion of Chapter II will take a few more weeks. It should be completed by the middle of November, since the author has to work on a Chinese paper before beginning that integration.

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 14)

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 (10) Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Apparently, according to St. Bridget of Sweden, those who meditate her seven sorrows and pray accordingly will receive great blessings. It only shows how immensely grateful the Most Holy Trinity is towards those who truly love the Mother of God. It also only shows how incredibly thankful Our Heavenly Mother is towards those children who desire to truly love her, console her, and attempt to alleviate her sorrows. Isn't it so true that we would know who truly love us when we are in sorrows?

      Apparently, this is *an incomparably precious God-given opportunity for us to prove that we love Our Heavenly Mother truly very much, i.e., by praying and meditating upon her sorrows daily. At the same time, we will come to experience the immense gratitude of the Most Holy Trinity and that of Our Dearest Mother in Heaven. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 15, *Sept. 18)

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 (11) Insofar as the fundamental doctrines of the Catholic Church are concerned, it must be acknowledged that one of the substantial factors influencing the theological contents of Catholic Theology of Energies and this website is Our Heavenly Mother and her *Christ-centred reaffirming messages given in her apparitions at Fatima and Medugorje, including the faithful-to-the-Catholic-faith Ave Maria Center of Peace and its wonderful supporters such as Henry, Paul, Bernadette, Wendy and Maureen which have been promoting her heavenly messages for years.

      *At the same time, it must also be admitted that the academic methods and creative ways of expressing such a traditional Catholic contents have been learned from and should be credited to various scholarly institutions, such as the International Ultimate Reality and Meaning Institute, the University of Toronto, and the Fu Jen Catholic University, along with their excellent professors. A grateful word is also due to many anonymous prayerful and even saintly visitors of this website for their amazing intercessory prayers. May the Most Holy Trinity and Our Heavenly Mother, as well as all the Canadian Saints bless all the above sisters and brothers in Christ accordingly!

      Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 24, *Sept. 26)

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 (12) Today is the feast of St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael, the most wonderful God-pleasing Holy Archangels. Without doubt, their greatest interest is unanimous, i.e., to bring all human beings if possible to Heaven to be in everlasting union with the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian Family of Holy Angels and Saints.

       Let us, therefore, pray to them even daily for their awesome protection and guidance for our discernment and perseverance in following and obeying the holy will of God at all times, until we see God and see all the Holy Angels and Saints face to face in the Divine Heavenly Family.

       Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Sept. 29)

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--- August 1, 2017 ---  Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; Fatima Procesion; 100th Anni. of Fatima Nov. 27, 2016 - Nov. 26, 2017; Five Prayers taught at Fatima

  (1) Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, how are you? Today is the beginning of the month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amid the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima and the summer months on the one hand, and all the chaos around the world and society on the other, it may be important for Catholics and even non-Catholics to remember always the following promise of Our Heavenly Mother at Fatima. Very clearly, her unmistakable promise is: "In the end my Immaculate Heart shall triumph!"

     Indeed, more and more, besides attaining Holy Mass and visitations to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, an ordinary Catholic and even a non-Catholic excited about Our Heavenly Mother may find it necessary to pray the Holy Rosary daily, even if possible the whole Holy Rosary, i.e., 20 decades. 

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Aug. 1)

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  (2) Looking ahead, due to summer trip(s), residential renovation, as well as a paper or two *related to the current Chinese project to work on, the author will resume his research writing on the Chinese project on the research and development of Catholic Theology of Qis in the middle of September. It is true that, by the grace of God, a Chinese paper entitled in English "Developing a Basic Lonerganian Process-Metaphysics Framework for Self-appropriating Christian Truths" has been approved for publication within the next two months.

      For the coming week, the International Ultimate Reality and Meaning Conference will be held from Aug. 2 to 5 at Regis College, Toronto. All are very welcome! Among others, the title of the author's paper to be delivered is called "Developing Aquinas' Missing Metaphysical Concept of God Ipsa Essentia Subsistens today as Infinite Self-Fulfillment Itself." This paper is 30 pages long, including the bibliographies or cited works. A grateful word is due to Rev. Fr. Leo Reilly, CSB, PhD, for proofreading the text.

      What follows are the last two sentences of the concluding remarks of this article: "All in all, it is truly important for the present self-fulfillment-seeking generations to realize that, in spite of every obstacle, the only reliable way to find true innermost happiness or self-fulfillments, both on earth and in Heaven, comes only from Infinite Self-Fulfillment Itself. As we know, this God is the First Cause, Final Cause, Formal Cause, as well as the Efficient Cause with respect to our very deepest being as a self-fulfillment-seeking image of the Infinite Self-Fulfillment or Happiness Itself."

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Aug. 1, *updated Aug. 2)

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 (3) The following is a part of the power-point to be delivered during the URAM Conference as regards God by Essence is Infinite Self-Fulfillment or Happiness Itself. Indeed, St. Thomas says "Deus est beatitudo per essentiam suam" (Latin) and in English, "God is happiness by His Essence" (Summa Theologiae  Prima Secundae, q. 3, a.1).

       Hence the *whole history of salvation may be described briefly in three stages:

       (1) The Most Holy Trinity ad intra: By eternal Essence or Nature, God the Father is Infinite Happiness/Self-Fulfillment Itself in Person; God the Son is Infinite Happiness/Self-Fulfillment Itself in Person ; God the Holy Spirit is Infinite Happiness/Self-Fulfillment Itself in Person; God the Most Holy Trinity is Infinite Happiness/Self-Fulfillment Itself Tri-Personally.

       (2) The Most Holy Trinity ad extra:  The Infinite Happiness/Self-Fulfillment Itself reaches out to create angels and humans as images of  Infinite Happiness/Self-Fulfillment Itself. Hence, all human hearts without exception are by nature forever restless, unless they rest in God the Infinite Happiness/Self-Fulfillment Itself (cf. St. Augustine).

       (3) The Fulfillment of the Most Holy Trinity ad extra: Through Christ the Uncreated-Created Happiness/Self-Fulfillment Itself, the ultimate fulfillment of Infinite Happiness/Self-Fulfillment Itself reaching out to us human beings is that all of us are on earth to take Infinite Happiness/Self-Fulfillment Itself as their First Cause, Final Cause, Formal Cause, and Efficient Cause, even forever and ever in Heaven together with all the Holy Angels. 

 

       Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Aug. 1, *updated Aug. 2)

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  (4) Here is another part of the power-point. Respecting God as Infinite Self-Fulfillment Itself, it is vital to point out six different Is or selves in salvation history:

      1)     The Uncreated I or Self of God:  God says: “I am who I am.” (Ex 3:14);

      2)     The Uncreated-Created I or Self of Christ:  Christ says: “Before Abraham was born, I am.” (Jn 8:58);

      3-4)  The true self of an angel and a human are both created according to the Self of Christ who is “the visible image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation;   

               for in Him all things were created, in Heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…  All things were created through  Him and for Him.” (Col 1:15-16);

      5)     The false self of a fallen angel is necessarily anti-Christ;

      6)     The false self of a human being is necessarily anti-Christ.

    

     Indeed, our choice of ‘I’ or ‘self’ will determine our own destiny in both our present and our everlasting true self-fulfillment or happiness.  

    Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Aug. 3)

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  (5) The four-day Nineteenth Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning finally ended yesterday. A grateful word is due to Prof. Stephen Modell, M.D., and the other chief organizers, as well as Rev. Prof. John Perry, S.J., who recommended the author to join this Meeting in 1994. So far, consecutively, this is the latter's 12th Meeting.

      A special grace, among others, to thank God for is that Emeritus Prof. Russell Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., and the author have presented their papers in the same 2-hour session. Besides, the two have re-ignited their commitment to do the English version of the research and development of Catholic Theology of Energies. Indeed, this English project will only begin after the current Chinese version is completed by 2020 or so.

     Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Aug. 6)

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  (6) Today is the great feast of the Transfiguration of Christ. According to today's Gospel, one may be deeply inspired towards at least three possible dreams:

       The first dream is to become astonishingly transfigured like the amazingly transfigured Jesus whose "face shone like the sun" (Mt 17:2) with unspeakable glorious splendor and happy self-fulfillment, even forever and ever in Heaven. As we know, "the just will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father" (Mt. 13:43).

       The second dream is to be commended wholeheartedly by God the Father Himself who will say "you are my beloved son (daughter), in whom I am well pleased" (Mt 17:5), even forever and ever in Heaven.

       The third dream is to live in a completely transfigured Dream World like that of the Transfigured Jesus, Apostles Peter, James and John, i.e., without any evil, conflict and pollution, even together with Moses, Elijah, as well as with the whole Family of Saints and Holy Angels in Heaven. 

       Here, one may ask: Is it possible to really experience a little foretaste of Christ's Transfiguration on earth?

       Here is a humble suggestion: Try to attend in one morning or afternoon two Holy Masses in a row, do a good Sacrament of Reconciliation, and spend two hours prayerfully before the radiant Transfigured Christ hidden in the Blessed Sacrament. Under normal circumstances, it would be impossible for any Catholic not to experience some foretaste of Christ's Transfiguration. Did Our Heavenly Mother in Medugorje not recommend us to pray, whenever possible, as many as four hours a day? The above is a repeatable experience by countless Catholics. If a person does not believe it, he or she should just try it first before further comments.

       Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Aug. 6)

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  (7) Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven traditionally celebrated by the whole Catholic Church. It is true that many local dioceses have chosen to celebrate this great feast last Sunday.

      The Holy Bible reveals to us that Heaven and the Heaven of Heavens belong to the Lord (Deut. 10:14). According to a private revelation, only Our Heavenly Mother, the Queen of Heaven who lives in Heaven together with all the Holy Angels and Saints, is given special free access to the Heaven of Heavens where the Most Holy Trinity fully dwells. In other words, the Mother of God, the Queen of the whole creation, is enjoying the highest level of divinization or Theosis. Therefore, her intercession is incredibly awesome and powerful. It is no surprise in Fatima she said in no uncertain terms that in the end her Immaculate will triumph over all evils.

     Should not we so happily proud of Our Heavenly Mother who loves each one of us all much more than his or her very own mother? Should not we be practicing more trust and confidence in her motherly care and intercession? As a wonderful priest in Toronto reminds us, should we not take Our Mother in Heaven also as the Queen of our heart, just as we take Jesus as the King of our heart?

     Simultaneously, another wonderful priest in Toronto has just reminded us that the devil, being the deadly enemy of God and of all humanity, does not need to rest in attacking each of us, Christian or not. That is why we have to take up the whole armor of God, in particular the daily Blessed Sacrament and the daily Holy Rosary, in defending ourselves and helping us to do God's will. That bespeaks also why, in retrospect, St. John-Paul II took Totus Tuus as his apostolic motto which, as we know, has become his immense source of blessings in Christ Jesus through Our Mother in Heaven.

     *As the Vatican is seriously threatened by the notorious terrorist group, let us confidently entrust the safe protection of the Pope and other beloved clergy there to the motherly protection of the Queen of all the powerful Holy Angels. Accordingly, the five awesome weapons against the demonic forces considerately recommended by Our Heaven Mother are prayer, fasting, the Word of God, Confession and the Holy Eucharist.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise and thanks be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints. (Aug. 15, *updated Aug. 28)

     [Accordingly, the next note is to be written is on Sept. 1.]  

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* This column is written by John Cheng Wai-leung, Ph.D. (religious studies), Th.M. (Eastern Orthodox theology), M.Div. (Roman Catholic theology), B.Ed., B.A., founding chair of Grace Institute of the Holy Eucharist (1985) and Association of International Theology of Energies (Qis) Authors (2011). He is also an adjunct professor at Fu Jen Catholic University. He can be reached at jjcheng321@yahoo.com and 075338@mail.fju.edu.tw.

   As an email address, jjcheng321@yahoo.com has been inspired as a spiritual ideal to live. Accordingly, "jj" was enthused by St. Paul who said in Galatians 2:20: "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." On the other hand, it was encouraged by St. Theresa of Lisieux who said in her Diary that for a long time, she had no longer belonged to herself, since she had given herself completely to Jesus so that He might do to her in whatever He truly pleased. Further, "321" only shows that there were too many "jjcheng"s on the internet when it was chosen in 2005. Indeed, after searching for more than 20 minutes with a priest friend who was also an internet expert, "jjcheng321" was gladly adopted. Of course, he has to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly for all the possible imperfections, as God can transparently see the heart of each person without mistake.

** Besides some spiritual insights, this completely non-fund-raising site includes news on Philosophy of Energies/Qis which leads to Catholic Theology of Energies/Qis.

*** We wish there would be even more writings and presentations on this new renewing theology by many authors in the future.  However very small, informal and slow-progressing, we are taking Eph 3:20-21 seriously: "Now to God who by the power [or God's Divine Energy] at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to God be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen." At the same time, we sincerely hope that Num 6:24-26 would come true to us all: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace." Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Marian and Eucharistic Family of Holy Angels and Saints!

**** In case it would happen in the future, this site and that of Grace Institute of the Holy Eucharist may encounter some computer viruses, electronic glitches, and typing errors. The kind understanding of our dear visitors would, therefore, be truly appreciated. We would like to apologize in advance. Thank you so much.

***** It may also be important to acknowledge that many or most of the author's friends do not have high academic profiles. The author has been writing what he has been writing in order to do his academic or scholarly duty well, as he should. Thank you so much for understanding. Praise be to the Most Holy Trinity and Its whole Family of Holy Angels and Saints!

******* English (*Aug. 17, 2015)/ Students' Corner (*Sept. 14, 2017)/

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