I was up early this morning to take a few phone calls from the USA/Tanzania/ and the Mainland. After the early morning phone calls it was time for breakfast and Day 3 of the Orientation Program. We will be in Jilin before we know it!!
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ROME – This morning, Pope Francis formally announced Father Robert Barron's appointment as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Bishop-Elect Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, host of the award-winning CATHOLICISM film series, and since 2012 has served as the Rector/President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago, IL.
His website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 13 million times. Next to Pope Francis, he is the most-followed Catholic leader on social media.
Bishop-Elect Barron's statement is below:
It was with enormous surprise that I received word of my appointment as auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, but it is with a humble and joyful heart that I accept it. The Church of Los Angeles—the most populous in the United States—is energetic, diverse, and creative. Over the years, I’ve visited many times, including multiple trips to the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim; most recently, I was in the Archdiocese for a lecture at Thomas Aquinas College. So though I can’t claim to know it well, I have been able to taste and see some of its richness.
The late Francis Cardinal George—the spiritual grandfather of Word on Fire—was a mentor and friend to me. The mission closest to his heart was the evangelization of the culture, bringing Christ to the arenas of media, politics, law, education, the arts, etc. I can’t think of a more exciting field for this sort of work than Los Angeles, which is certainly one of the great cultural centers of our time.
Many might be wondering what this means for the important work of Word on Fire. The short answer is that it will certainly continue! Through the ministrations of Fr. Steve Grunow and his extremely gifted staff, we will keep bringing you my regular articles, sermons, videos, and media resources.
We have so many projects in the works, including our new film and study program on God and atheism, titled The Mystery of God, and our beautiful new documentary series CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Those projects will continue as planned with more to come in the future.
I am grateful to all of you who follow and support Word on Fire, using our content to form yourselves and share the Catholic Faith. I thank God each and every day for you.
It is a blessing for me to work with you to introduce people to Jesus Christ and invite them to share all the gifts he wants his people to enjoy.
Please pray for me as I begin this new adventure under the Lord’s providence.
Our last two summer program teachers arrived last night, so we are now at full strength for the summer program. Professor Dan Getz from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois flew in last night from the US and Cesar Izquierdo flew in yesterday afternoon from Rome.
The rains have finally arrived here in Hong Kong and the gang is looking at a pretty bleak weather forecast in terms of getting out and having some fun. We fly to Jilin on Saturday the 25th!
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Cloudy with showers. Showers will be heavy at first with squally thunder-storms.
Mainly cloudy with a few showers and thunder-storms.
Cloudy with a few showers and thunder-storms. Showers will be heavy at first.
Cloudy with showers and thunder-storms. Showers will be heavy at times.
Cloudy with showers and thunder-storms. Showers will be heavy at first.
I spent a little time early this morning calling my siblings. I got through to everyone but my youngest sister, Joan.
My Tigers are in real trouble. Lets not talk about the Central Division race and look instead at the Wild Card race. They are 4.5 out in the wild card race....and to be honest they have their work cut out for them to make the playoffs this year!! Nonetheless, I love my Tigers!!
Today is the first day of the Summer Program Orientation. The last of the teachers arrived this evening, so we are now at full strength and ready to go. We'll be here at the Stanley House this week doing some team building and listening to a number of presentations. We will fly to Jilin on Saturday morning.
Pictures from the day:
Its been a rainy day here in Hong Kong. The gang looked for a break in the weather to get out for a quick walk.
A few lectures...
survival mandarin classes.
Today's gospel and some comments:
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you." But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth. The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here! The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! Matthew 12:38-42
The country in which Jesus lived was no backwater; it was the crossroads of the world. And the time in which he lived was a time of fervid enthusiasms and political meltdown. The people were looking for “signs and wonders”. There was a belief that the new age (the messianic times) would be ushered in with marvellous signs like those of the Exodus. People’s imaginations were on fire (as indeed are ours today) for new things. This easily degenerates into a desire for entertainment. Rabbi Eliezer was said to have made rivers flow backwards, displaced trees, had voices come from heaven and more!
Naturally, people expected something similar from Jesus. “No sign will be given to this wicked generation,” he told them, “but the sign of Jonah!” Matthew seems to have interpreted this very fancifully, comparing the “three days and three nights” that Jesus was to spend in the tomb (which of course is factually inaccurate) with the three days and nights that Jonah spent in the whale’s belly. Luke 11:29-32 does not make this comparison. In Luke, Jonah himself was the sign to the Ninevites. Jesus is saying, “You are seeking a sign - I am God's sign!
"Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well." - Robert Louis Stevenson
I was up early again this morning. I am now caught up on emails, have a few lectures prepared for the fall semester and a few homilies ready, too. I made a few phone calls that I wasn't able to make while in the US and I also watched more than a few innings of baseball!
I spent some time yesterday afternoon and again last night and this morning working on lectures for the fall semester. I am really pleased with my teaching schedule and also the classes that I will be teaching. I have both the freshmen nursing students and the freshmen medical students. It is always nice teaching the freshmen as you can develop relationships that will last for 4 or 5 years. Before I was elected the superior, each year I had the freshmen nursing students. Anyway, I pretty excited about this!
Today was an airport day! We made a few runs to HKIA pick up teachers for the summer program who are coming from different parts of the US and the world. Most of the teachers have now arrived at the Stanley House. Two more will arrive tomorrow and then we'll be at full strength. The orientation program gets started tomorrow morning with visa photos and an introduction to the summer program. They'll have the afternoon free to catch up on sleep or do some sightseeing in HK.
A few pictures from the airport today:
Jesus Mariscal-Guzman arriving.
Wang Wei and Jesus
From left: Louis, Jarod and Carter.
Last night the orientation team and a few former students were here at the Stanley Housee with me. We had a lot of fun.
Liu Bo will be teaching 'Survival Mandarin'
Zhao TingTing (Beihua Grad) just stopped by to say hello. She is working in Guangzhou.
From left: Liu Bo, Zhao TingTing, Brian, Jiao Fang, Lu Shuchao.
Wang Wei is running the orientation program. She flew down from Jilin yesterday afternoon.
Jiang Fan and Lu Shuchao came over from Guangzhou to spend the weekend in Hong Kong.
Lu Shuchao is from Songyuan, Jilin and is now working as a nurse in Guangzhou.
Jiang Fan is also working as a nurse in Guangzhou. He hails from Jiangxi.
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