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一比零

Friday, October 20th, 2017
為什麼傲慢令人覺得可笑?
因為沒有做什麼不凡的事卻要受到敬重。

一比零一天,一個狂妄自大的貴族子弟詢問英國名作家蕭伯納:「蕭先生,您父親當過裁縫,真的嗎?」
「當然,是的。」
「那我就不明白了」,那個爵士又說,「您怎麼沒有也成為裁縫?」
蕭伯納微笑著,從頭到腳仔細打量這個問他話的人,並問道:「年青人,你父親是個紳士,真的嗎?」
「沒有疑問。」
「那我就不明白了」,蕭繼續說道:「你怎麼沒有也成為一個紳士。」

摘自梵蒂崗廣播電台—小故事大道理

聆風樂禱 — 修會神恩的今昔

Friday, September 15th, 2017

聖灰瞻禮

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

聖灰瞻禮

教宗若望保祿二世講解聖灰禮儀的意義:

教宗在2000年3月8日星期三聖灰禮儀日講解有關聖灰瞻禮和四旬期的意義。

教宗表示:星期三聖灰瞻禮帶領信友進入一條走向巴斯卦的旅途中,所以必須用*守齋*來走這條皈依的道路,並借著懺悔與補贖的武器來對抗罪惡的神。
教宗又說:「聖灰禮儀這一天在頭上撒聖灰並不是要給教友製造悲觀消極、聽天由命的氣氛,而是要邀請大家不要受到物質世界的約束,因為物質世界固然有它的價值,畢竟是要消失的。只有在天主內,人才能重新完全找到自己,並發現自己存在的最後意義」。

以聖灰禮儀開啟的封齋期邀請人悔改皈依,因此教宗強調:「聖門為眾人敞開著,誰知道自己被罪過所壓迫,也承認自己毫無功德可言,就請進入聖門吧!誰覺得自己虛無得像灰塵,就請進入聖門吧!虛弱、缺乏信心的人請從基督的心中汲取新的活力吧!」。

教宗提醒聖伯多祿廣場的各國信友:「守齋刻苦不僅僅是外表的規矩或外在的禮節行為,*更是感到需要改變生活的有力標記*;守齋刻苦要求人*放棄合理的物質享受*,使內心獲得更多的自由,以便更容易聆聽天主的聖訓,也更能夠慷慨地幫助有需要的人」。

用「灰燼」是表達出這禮儀所欲表達的精神。當主禮者把灰抹在信眾額上時說:「你要回頭改過,信從福音!」言簡意賅的促使人開始「行動」

The Sparrow At Starbucks

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
The SPARROW at STARBUCKS
The song that silenced the cappuccino machine

It was chilly in Manhattan but warm inside the Starbucks shop on 51st Street and Broadway, just a skip up from Times Square . Early November weather in New York City holds only the slightest hint of the bitter chill of late December and January, but it’s enough to send the masses crowding indoors to vie for available space and warmth.

For a musician, it’s the most lucrative Starbucks location in the world, I’m told, and consequently, the tips can be substantial if you play your tunes right. Apparently, we were striking all the right chords that night, because our basket was almost overflowing. It was a fun, low-pressure gig – I was playing keyboard and singing backup for my friend who also added rhythm with an arsenal of percussion instruments. We mostly did pop songs from the ’40s to the ’90s with a few original tunes thrown in. During our emotional rendition of the classic, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” I noticed a lady sitting in one of the lounge chairs across from me. She was swaying to the beat and singing along.

After the tune was over, she approached me. “I apologize for singing along on that song. Did it bother you?” she asked. “No,” I replied. “We love it when t he audience joins in. Would you like to sing up front on the next selection?”

To my delight, she accepted my invitation.. “You choose,” I said. “What are you in the mood to sing?”

“Well. … do you know any hymns?”

Hymns? This woman didn’t know who she was dealing with. I cut my teeth on hymns. Before I was even born, I was going to church. I gave our guest singer a knowing look. “Name one.”

“Oh, I don’t know. There are so many good ones. You pick one.”

“Okay,” I replied. “How about ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’?”

My new friend was silent, her eyes averted. Then she fixed her eyes on mine again and said, “Yeah. Let’s do that one.” She slowly nodded her head, put down her purse, straightened her jacket and faced the center of the shop. With my two-bar setup, she began to sing.

Why should I be discouraged? Why should the shadows come?

The audience of coffee drinkers was transfixed . Even the gurgling noises of the cappuccino machine ceased as the employees stopped what they were doing to listen. The song rose to its conclusion.

I sing because I’m happy; I sing because I’m free. For His eye is on the sparrow And I know He watches me.

When the last note was sung, the applause crescendoed to a deafening roar that would have rivaled a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall. Embarrassed, the woman tried to shout over the din,”Oh, y’all go back to your coffee! I didn’t come in here to do a concert! I just came in here to get somethin’ to drink, just like you!” But the ovation continued..

I embraced my new friend. “You, my dear, have made my whole year! That was beautiful!”

“Well, it’s funny that you picked that particular hymn,” she said.

“Why is that?”

“Well . ..” she hesitated again, “that was my daughter’s favorite song.”

“Really!” I exclaimed.

“Yes,” she said, and then grabbed my hands. By this time, the applause had subsided and it was business as usual.. “She was 16. She died of a brain tumor last week.”

I said the first thing that found its way through my stunned silence. “Are you going to be okay?”

She smiled through tear-filled eyes and squeezed my hands. “I’m gonna be okay. I’ve just got to keep trusting the Lord and singing his songs, and everything’s gonna be just fine.” She picked up her bag, gave me her card, and then she was gone.

Was it just a coincidence that we happened to be singing in that particular coffee shop on that particular November night? Coincidence that this wonderful lady just happened to walk into that particular shop? Coincidence that of all the hymns to choose from, I just happened to pick the very hymn that was the favorite of her daughter, who had died just the week before? I refuse to believe it.

God has been arranging encounters in human history since the beginning of time, and it’s no stretch for me to imagine that God could reach into a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and turn an ordinary gig into a revival. It was a great reminder that if we keep trusting God and singing the songs, everything’s gonna be okay.

The next time you feel like GOD can’t use YOU, just remember…

Noah got drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a dreamer

Leah was ugly
Joseph was hated by his brothers
Gideon was afraid
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer

Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow

John the Baptist ate bugs
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer…
AND Lazarus was dead!

No more excuses now!! God can use you to your full potential. Besides you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger.

God bless you by passing this on to someone else, if you’d like.

There is NO LUCK attached.

If you delete this, it’s okay: God’s Love Is Not Dependent On E-Mail.

Its Spring…

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

感謝主賜給我們父母及一個溫暖的家。主恩無限,樂在心

頭….

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隨風而逝

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

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你們應當是慈悲的,如同你們的天父是慈悲的一樣

痛苦五端 – 音樂祈禱會

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

痛苦五端 – 音樂祈禱會
日期:2009年3月20日(星期五)
時間:晚上8:00 – 9:30
地點:聖瑪加利大堂