Got questions about faith, religion, theology or anything related to the Catholic Church? Fr. Francis will answer them here.
你有信仰、宗教、神學或與天主教教會有關的問題嗎? 程明聰神父在此為您解答。



You mentioned that we can offer each hour to God at the hour. Do you know where we can find a list of phrases we can use as intentions for the hour?

任何人都可神領聖體?

想請問您對於刺青的看法,如果想要刺一個對於自己有特別意義的符號或是一段文字的話(想聖詠之類的句子提醒自己),請問在天主教的教理中允許嗎?

我不是教友,但對教義有興趣。天主教友告訴我聖母受孕時已赦免原罪。天主為何選擇瑪利亞而不是其他女孩? 請問原因何在?

最近有位要好的朋友因急病早逝,死前受了很多苦,我心中十分哀痛。安慰我的人不斷説她已到達更美好的地方,着我不要太傷心。我反覆思量,朋友現在應該在煉獄,而煉獄在我心中也不是什麼美好的地方。我當然知道要為她多祈禱讓她早登天國,但也不知要等多久她才能到天堂,因此不能釋懷。我想問問我該如何調整自己的想法呢?

Due to location factor, as a Catholic, can I attend a Protestant Church to fulfill the obligation of worshipping on Sunday if there is no any Catholic Churches nearby? Can I receive Holy Communion in the Protestant Church since their theological view and belief on Communion is different from ours?

If wine is truly transformed to Blood during Eucharist, why would “someone cannot consume wine because of health reasons” become one of the problems when receiving the sacrament? Doesn’t transformed wine become non-wine oriented?

記得程神父提過 「聖母的使命是帶我們用最容易、最快、最安全的方法走近耶穌,然後就站在我們後面助我們不要離去。」具體來說我們應該要如何透過聖母走近耶穌? 有時我會想像自己在迦納婚宴現場,請托聖母告知耶穌我也沒有酒了,也聽她對我說耶穌吩咐甚麼就做甚麼。不過不知道這樣做對不對。

《創世紀》7:2,上主對諾厄說:「由一切潔淨的牲畜中,各取公母七對;由那些不潔淨的牲畜中,各取公母一對」,這裡所說的潔淨和不潔淨是什麼意思?為什麼天主選擇不潔淨的牲畜?七對和一對有什麼不同的意義?

I keep hearing Catholics say “to offer up your suffering”, or “uniting your suffering with Jesus on the cross”. Would you talk about what that means, and why you would do that? How can I learn more about it?

已在聖公會教會受洗及接受堅振,改去天主教堂,以我理解領聖體前要先上「慕道班」,那麼還要重新受洗嗎?

公元787年尼西亞大公會議所斷定,基督徒對聖像的敬禮是正確的。對聖像的尊敬,旨在敬禮形象所描繪的人物。既是如此,這些基督、聖母、天使和聖人像為什麼要神父祝聖?神父祝聖聖象有什麼意義?

God is omnipotent so shouldn’t He have done something more impressive than just sacrifice Himself all the while knowing He will be raised from the dead anyway? Maybe He took the only way to save us and the goal was not to impress us?

究竟魔鬼進入了猶達斯的心讓他出賣耶穌,是簡單的促使他做背叛的壞事,如同世人今天受引誘出賣朋友一樣,還是針對耶穌而來要令衪被釘死?如果是後者,豈不是幫了耶穌一把讓衪以死贖世?從魔鬼試探耶穌的章節看來,魔鬼似乎是知道耶穌打算以自己的苦難救世的。這裡面的邏輯我有點搞不清。

《厄弗所書 》第二章八,九節 和《雅各伯書 》第二章十四至十七節 是否有出現矛盾?

Is it a sin for someone to forgo treatment for cancer, if statistically, the chances of survival with treatment is extremely low and the patient does not want to go through the pain of ineffective chemo? If someone raises this idea to a loved one to consider, would that be a sin?

耶穌為甚麼特別選擇了保祿?是否因為他教育程度較好、有羅馬公民權方便傳教?感覺上保祿甚至比大部份宗徒更了解耶穌的救世工作,得到厚眷。畢竟保祿之前是迫害者,他又是如何得到教會的信任?

《若望福音》六章五十一至五十八節中,耶穌提及誰「嚼」我的肉就活在祂內,請問這「嚼」字是甚麽含意。有人說領聖體後應放在口內讓祂溶化而不應咬碎,但在一個信仰分享會中,講者說領聖體後應咬及咀嚼,請問在這方面教會的教導是怎樣呢?

Can we receive Eucharist when we obtain absolution from a priest in confession but HAVE NOT completed all the required penances? Are we still in a state of mortal sin?

非教友的靈魂可以諸聖相通功嗎,受惠於我們的祈禱嗎?我父親並非教友但我一向都有奉獻彌撒給他的靈魂。有人告訴我,因他不是教友,他是不會收到這些奉獻的。那麼我奉獻彌撒幫不到他的靈魂早日升天堂嗎?

聖母知道耶穌的贖世計劃嗎?還是把見到的默存心中反覆思量直至升天後才全面理解?

If one wants to choose a Christian name to baptize, is it mandatory that one must choose from the names of Roman Catholic patron saints?

我是一名天主教徒,但有些問題困惑了我很久。天主創造了世界,這是事實,但我想知到天主來自哪裡?祂又是怎樣得到如此巨大的能力的?祂是否有創造地球以外的生命?如果有,祂為何不告訴我們或在聖經裏提及?沒有的話,那祂為何創造我們乃至整個世界?

我和丈夫都是基督教徒,我們的婚姻一直有問題。老公一直有婚外情,三次。我很矛盾。我該怎麼做?

請問我們是否做任何事都要放天主在第一位,包括家人和家庭都要放在天主之後?

請問聖體齋是否一定要在領聖體一小時前不能進食,除了吃藥例外?如果只差五分鐘又領受了聖體是否犯了罪要告解?

如果在星期三和星期五的守齋日有應酬,改在別的日子守齋和做補贖,是否可以的呢?如果不想家人不滿,星期五選擇做補贖來代替不吃肉可以嗎?

為什麼神父每天都要開彌撒?

耶穌基督跟門徒共處三年多的時間,為何當耶穌死後復活時,門徒竟然認不出耶穌的樣子呢?是他們欠信德嗎?

主基督的復活戰勝了黑暗死亡,《黑夜之中放光明》、《基督得勝》等聖歌令我們很振奮。同時世界的戰亂仍在,甚至有人凶殘至以小孩作襲擊對象,讓我慨嘆人的惡可以去到這個地步。天主好像沉默不語,默許事情發生。 我明白基督徒應保持對光明的盼望,但對旁人應該如何解釋世界現狀與光明的應許之間的差距?還有我們該如何讓自己保持信德?

我發現基督教聖經在舊約裡通常用「耶和華」作上帝的名字,而天主教聖經舊約裡通常以「上主」作稱呼,而甚少用「雅威」二字。既然天主的名字是雅威,為何天主教徒稱呼天主為「上主」而非「雅威」呢?

天主的名字是「雅威」還是「耶和華」? 「天主」、「神」、「上帝」的稱號有什麼分別?

我的本堂神父因擔心聖體被一些外教人拿走,或褻瀆(以前曾在其他堂區發生;在我的聖堂也曾被發現座位上放著禮儀書,內夾著聖體,估計是外教人出於好奇,事後不知如何處理,所以這樣做。),因而暫取消領聖血,目的是要見到領受者立即放入口;我絶對尊重本堂神父決定,亦覺兩者對教友神益一樣;但有教友不滿地問我:那又怎樣解釋,經上,耶穌說,你們大家拿去喝,這一杯就是我的血……。 我應該如何回應他呢?

在聖體降福時,神父不會直接用雙手舉起盛載著聖體的盛器皓光,而是用白布將雙手包著才舉起,這儀式有什麼意思?教友可否在皓光接近時用手觸摸呢?

為何在平日彌撒中,祝聖餅酒成聖體聖血後,教友只領受聖體(餅)但沒有一同領受聖血(酒)呢?

有一位教友,他認為自己常常聽到天主耶穌在他心中說話。但他心中也有疑惑:是自己在自言自語,還是真的是主耶穌在對他說話呢?又或是那都是魔鬼的騙言呢? 他應如何去分辨那些聲音是否來自上主?

教友都應該參與每週主日彌撒。但如要去難以找到天主教堂的地方超過一兩星期,甚至工作長期調派,應該怎辦?是否該避免前往泰國、北歐等地長期旅行/旅居?

After struggling with bone cancer for over 10 years, God brought my elder sister back home last Saturday. Before she passed, she expressed that she preferred to have a burial at sea(海葬) . What is the teaching and attitude of the Catholic Church towards this issue?

我想知道若我死後,可否將遺體損贈給大學以供學生作實習用途?其他器官可以損贈給有需要的人嗎?這樣有否違反天主教教理?

請問天主和上主有何分別呢?

既然說領洗後,會把之前所有罪赦了,但為何離了婚的慕道者卻要在教區辦手續才可領洗? 他之前的配偶也不是教友,縱然離婚在教會是不對,但也是領洗前的事。

何謂「諸聖相通功」?對信徒有甚麽意義?

天主教彌撒中的「天下萬國,普世權威,一切榮耀,永歸於你」,跟基督教聖經《馬太福音》中,耶穌教導的主禱文中的「因為國度、權柄、榮耀,全是祢的,直到永遠」,為什麼有所不同?

After having three kids, a couple decide not to have any more children because they know that they are incapable of giving enough attention or financial support if there are too many kids. How can the couple avoid conception (almost 100%) while following the Church’s teachings? Does NFP reassures this?

天主若不喜歡撒旦,為什麼在樂園中央有善惡樹?

為什麼天主在創世時會有撒旦的出現?

原祖父母未食禁果前,聖子已經出現了嗎?還是後來因救贖的需要才由聖父所生?魔鬼知道耶穌是天主子,但又是否知道耶穌就是天主?如果知,為何還膽敢在曠野中試探耶穌?

耶穌知道自己就是天主的其中一位嗎?他是時常記得,還是按需時顯示祂的人性或天主性?山園祈禱時耶穌表現出害怕,是否代表祂那刻完全是人?

I know that the Church is against abortion. However, what if the child inside you will have a suffering life because of his disabilities? Won’t the mom and the child be better-off with an abortion?

如果某人生前沒有接觸過聖經, 那麼那人會否沒機會進入天國?

人是否死後都會等待大審判的到來,由天主作決定誰可進入天國?

聖神是指什麼?

In the Summa Theologiae, Tertia Pars, Question 83, Article 5, Objection 3; Aquinas ascribes the sign of the cross to events of the Passion when the priest says certain lines in the Roman Canon. These actions are now omitted, even though the text is unchanged. What changed and can the actions return?

天主的愛不是充滿喜樂的嗎?我常聽到別人說 :我們是罪人,我們是有 罪的!我亦知道自己是罪人!如果每天都想着自己是罪人,當然不會開心,那麽怎能能活出天主恩賜的喜樂呢?這個內心的思想該怎樣平衡?

How should we respond to arguments against the existence of God? The most common arguments I heard of are: 1) God knew everything we would do when He made us so there is no true free will. 2) There are many good people suffering and many unanswered prayers.

動物死後會如人類一樣上天堂嗎?某些基督教(派)認為,因動物是人類的天使,死後是會上天堂的。動物傳心術(即是用腦電波跟動物溝通), 可透過訓練(腦部),跟動物溝通,天主教徒可以學嗎?

When and why the statues and cross in the church are covered or removed during Lent?

When we say “Mother of God”, should we be saying, “Mother of God’s Son ” instead ?

我們應該如何辦別天主對我們的召叫?做修女神父的,是否大都在很年輕時,已有感召?如果是考慮婚姻,又如何知道對方就是天主為我們所選的呢?

Is it a sin against the first and fourth commandments for giving a priest equality with God my Father and my earthly father whom I am to honour?

When Jesus told the Samaritan woman he would have given her living water. What then is the living water?

請問新教徒能否參與彌撒並於彌撒中領聖體?

甚麼是奉獻於聖母33日敬禮? 有甚麼特別意義?為甚麼不多不少是33天?

We know that Jesus came to us by both water and blood (1 John 5:6). However, during Mass not all chalices have water put into them. Thus not all people who are called to share in this mystery get the water. Why is this so?

如果男方是基督教徒,要和天主教徒的女方結婚,並要求女方成為基督教徒。應該怎樣辦?

想問祈禱手勢應為: 雙手合十在前(像中國人拜神般), 或是雙手合十在前但左右手拇指交叉,還是雙手十指緊扣並合著?

我有朋友是研究New Age的,常說要往內心連結、接通宇宙,尋找個人的「內在神性」、向宇宙吸引所想要的云云。我還在慕道中,雖然覺得天主才應該是真實的,但一時之間也不知如何辯倒他。請神父指導。 又,觀察自然界萬物的複雜構造、生態奇妙,可以推論應該是有創造者的,但應怎樣向外(教)人證實創造者就是我們信的那一位?畢竟多數民族和宗教都有創世的說法。 如果不引用聖經也有可能嗎?我朋友定會說聖經當然會說天主是對的。

教友很喜歡聽某一位神父講道,並盡量安排參與這位神父主持的彌撒,是罪嗎?

我的代女在澳洲認識了一位沒有信仰的男士,他是澳藉華人,多年前與一位來自中國的女士結了婚,並育有一孩子。怎料太太原來只是藉結婚而獲得居民身份,一得到了就離婚,並和以前相識的男友結婚及讓他入藉,拋下家庭從此失蹤。代女愛上這忠實的男孩,並和他結婚後留下生活,現在也有小朋友。她仍有去聖堂,但不能領聖體,也不敢問當地的外籍神父,並為自己的處境耿耿於懷。孩子日漸長大,而且好奇的問她為何不領聖體。想請問程神父,她怎樣才可以領聖體?

With a toddler and a baby, I find our family missing mass quite a bit during the winter cold and flu season as sickness rotates throughout each of us! Is missing mass due to a child’s sickness (or even our own) considered a sin that will require confession each time before receiving communion?

「凡出言干犯人子的,可得赦免;但出言干犯聖神的,在今世及來世,都不得赦免。」(瑪12:32),「人子」作何解釋,是否指耶穌?「來世」又是什麼意思?因為有人將來世看作再投胎。假如 「人子」是指耶穌。為甚麼干犯耶穌的,可得赦免,干犯聖神的,不得赦免?

What are the various Catholic churches with names like Maronite, Coptic and Slovak Catholic Church. In the Nicene Creed,”I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church”, so are churches just like CMCC serving the ethnic groups? Are these churches legit for Roman Catholics? How about Eastern and Orthodox?

我越讀聖經越發覺人活的很無奈。在雙胎(雅各伯和厄撒烏)出生前,天主就愛了雅各伯而憎惡厄撒烏。天主對人的愛很深很深的同時,我又會擔憂。對祂,我是雅各伯還是厄撒烏呢? 神父,天主教信宿命論嗎?聖經顯示給人的是宿命論嗎?

Mark 7:1-13 mentions that other than the ten commandments, the Pharisees added extra laws and rules that Jews should follow. Is our church today not doing the same thing, such as harsh rules on the divorce and mandatory mass of some feast days?

We all have accumulated a lot of religious objects, such as prayer cards, rosaries, and pictures of Saints. But some are either worn out or broken. What is the most appropriate way of disposing them ? I have heard that it is a sin to toss them into the garbage ?

如果辦了告解後,又重犯同樣的罪,是否需要再辦告解才能重領聖體?若每星期都重犯同樣的罪,是不是每個星期都需要辦告解後才能在彌撒中領聖體?

為何修女不可主持彌撒?耶穌所選立的十二位宗徒全是男性,即使後來補選的瑪弟亞也是男性;是否天主重男輕女呢?據我所知,修女並不列入神職的,對嗎?

After the priest blessed the Eucharist, some people would stand up, while others would prefer to continue to kneel. Which way is correct?

天主在舊約聖經中是威嚴的、憤怒的,會用洪水滅世,㑹把埃及人的首生殺掉,為什麽和新約中的慈愛大相逕庭?難道因為以色列民是天主的選民而有所優待,其他民族不也是天主創造的嗎?天主的慈愛是否在舊約中也有顯示呢?

If a person passed away suddenly leaving his/her family on earth, would the departed miss the family if he/she is in heaven? If the departed knows his/her family member(s) will head towards spiritual death, would he/she be sad and concerned in heaven? If yes, is there any sadness in heaven?

教友在彌撒中的天主經部分其實應該雙手合十還是張開雙手(或與兩旁的教友手拉手呢?)

甚麼是「天天背起自己的十字架」?隱約感受到是有勉力面對生活中的艱苦、力行愛德的意思,但想請神父解說一下。

常聽說「交托」,到底是甚麼樣的意思?人力做到甚麼樣的地步,才該把事情「交托」給上主?又,如果這事情(例如說從事某行業)並不是上主為我安排的道路(假設我不知道),交托後會出現甚麼情況?

我們日常祈禱,第一句 (就像寫信的上款) 應該是指向哪個位格?是天父、還是耶穌?還是天主整體?一些禱文集中三種也會見到。

請問如果我要在主日參加婚姻感恩祭,我還需要再去參加主日彌撒嗎?

Pope Francis: “Hope in idols are illusions.” What about religious objects and statues that adorned the Catholic churches and in lay people’s homes?

我總是沒辦法讓自己多祈禱。每次祈禱很容易分心,很多時沒完成就忘記了。除非有事所求,否則沒有恆心。怎麼辦?

曾經有人用人生旅途來否定人生煉獄的說法。否定的人看似害怕活在煉獄當中,但事實上本已活在天堂與地獄之間的煉獄,只是其不知道。 若人生沒有克己為人還能否稱得上煉獄嗎?

我想問為什麼我們天主教有那麼多慶典呢?像是各聖堂主保日,聖母像的遊行和灑 聖水是有什麼形式意義?

Can Catholics practice longevitology?

其實用一般人的語言來講,「永生」、「得救」即是怎樣呢?

A priest said having a lot of faith means doing a lot of volunteer work and give money to the church. I always thought faith is about living up the Word and allow the Word to lead our conscience, conduct, and to shape us as a person. But this priest said having faith got nothing to do with it.

救世工程持續這麼久,也許是因為我們無跟從守護天使的指引,又或是被假的守護天使誤導。 請問如何於生活上辨認出真正的守護天使?

第八誡毋妄證要求我們直言,但往往忠言逆耳,又或者言者無心聽者有意,這種程況可能會影響雙方關係,如何能改善或避免有這類情況出現?

Is it true that Christians should not do yoga? Is it fine to do yoga if I don’t say their words or join their meditation? Is Yoga really an invitation to demonic possession because of its moves and postures?

受洗者不是在聖洗聖事中已經領受聖神嗎?為甚麼在宗徒大事錄第 8 章14 至 17 節中,那些因主耶穌的名受過洗的撒瑪黎雅人沒有領受聖神?

Can a non catholic baptize a dying person if the dying person expresses a wish to become catholic?

神父,家中叔叔去世,出殯當天做了很多儀式,如上香、燒衣紙等,其實儀式進行時,我一直在心裡祈禱,求上主寬恕,請問我需要辦告解嗎?

I am a Catholic but my husband is not. He does not believe neither in God nor in heaven. He argues that if God does love everyone without any condition then he does not need to be a Catholic to enter Heaven. He believes that as long as he is a “good” guy, our “God” will let him enter into heaven.

How do we explain Trinity to non-Catholic or people said they do not understand that?

天主的信仰強調的是信心,所求不一定答應。我應該怎樣向旁人解釋信天主和信其他號稱有求必應的信仰的分別?

我們堅信耶穌臨在於聖體內,所以我們在明恭聖體時朝拜祂,與祂傾訴。那我們可以用什麼簡單的方法幫助未認識這事實的人明白我們不是一班迷信的人對著祭台上的一塊麵餅又跪又拜?又如何幫助其他教友知道朝拜聖體的好?

請問祈禱一定要找個地方跪著、一定要畫十字聖號的嗎?工作經常在外、在大庭廣眾,似乎有點不便,留到回家才祈禱又怕忘記內容。一日內如果突然想跟天父談幾句,感謝祂/求祂,自己在心裡默禱也可以嗎?

我是天主教徒,我男朋友是基督教徒,不相信煉獄,一直說只有天堂和地獄。我不會回覆,請問神父我應該怎樣回覆他。

神父,請問守護天使究竟是甚麼?

I read about your answer about prayers to saints. Who are the saints and why they can answers prayers?

請問為何聖母是已經打算守童貞的 (可由她堅定的說不認識男人而知道), 但為何卻與約瑟訂婚呢?

How does the Church get the relics of the saints? They all passed away a long time before they became saints.

彌撒當中神父高舉雙手念【成聖體經】和 【成聖血經】時, 我們聽到輔祭清脆的搖鈴聲, 為何用搖鈴聲來示意我們抬起頭來或俯首呢?

伊斯蘭教的古蘭經說耶穌沒有被釘十字架而死。是古蘭經的錯誤記載? 還是原意被扭曲了? 因為這是與穆斯林對話的絆腳石。

I was challenged by a Protestant group that why Roman Catholic pray to saints and Mary and not directly to Jesus and God. Do we Catholic deviate from what the Bible is telling us? I was a bit bothered by that question. Please help me understand why we practice such way.