Archive for October, 2007

施比受更有福?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

常云:「施比受更有福」或「助人為快樂之本」。在現代的社會,這種施予的福份或助人之快樂不容易獲snack-foods.jpg得。原因是一個真正施予者要遇到一個樂於接受幫助的人,彼此配合,才能體味到這種快樂的精神。

有一位長者修女,有一些問題不能獨自解決,於是找到一位年青的修女幫助,事情處理後,年青修女感到很開心,因為她幫助了別人解決了困難。稍後,年長修女帶來了很多零食送給年青修女,硬要她收下,這些都是她幫人的酬勞。年青修女從幫助別人獲得的喜樂霎時間降溫了,因為這些酬勞遞減了她的喜樂,她感到自己助人的行為好像降級了,好像變成交換或購買服務似的!

的確,這只是反映現實一些現象,能安心接受別人幫助的人不多,一般人都喜歡「受人恩惠千年記」,總想找機會“還報”,讓心裡安落,因為我沒有再欠你的了。我們總是忘記,在這社會上,我們是互相依存的,幫助別人或接受別人的幫助,不只是義務,而更是權利,我們理當互相分享,因為本質上,我們就是一體,同是天主的肖像,是天主的子女。

 

 

The Wise Old Man

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

The Wise Old ManA man of 92 years, short, very well-presented, who takes great care in his appearance, is moving into an old people’s home today. His wife of 70 has recently died, and he is obliged to leave his home. After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiles as he is told that his room is ready.

As he slowly walks to the elevator, using his cane, I describe his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the window which serves as a curtain.

– “I like it very much”, he says, with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old boy who has just been given a new puppy.
-“M. Gagné, you haven’t even seen the room yet, hang on a moment, we are almost there. ”

” That has nothing to do with it “, he replies.
” Happiness is something I choose in advance. Whether or not I like the room does not depend on the furniture, or the decor – rather it depends on how I decide to see it. ”

” It is already decided in my mind that I like my room. It is a decision I take every morning when I wake up. ”

” I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all the difficulties that I have with the parts of my body that no longer work very well, or I can get up and give thanks to heaven for those parts that are still in working order. ”

” Every day is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day, and all the happy memories that I have built up during my life. ”

” Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw in later life what you have deposited along the way. ”

So, my advice to you is to deposit all the happiness you can in your bank account of memories.
Thank you for your part in filling my account with happy memories, which I am still continuing to fill…

Remember these simple guidelines for happiness.
1. Free your heart from hate.
2. Free your mind from worry.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

鐘聲 — 停頓?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

在修院內,正埋首苦幹時,傳來陣陣的鐘聲,催迫我放下手中的工作,因為正是唸午間禱的時刻。多少次,被這鐘聲打斷了我快要完成的工作,心裡不禁嘮叨地說:“真煩”!


其實每天有很多的工作等待我們去完成,日復一日,無休無止。要不是這鐘聲按時打斷我們的工作,喚醒我們沉睡的靈魂,我們真的會被工作薰陶,著魔似的被工作糾著,放不得,放不下。


朋友,你聽到內心聖神鳴鐘的呼喚嗎?這正是舉心向上的時刻,就讓我們在繁忙的工作中,聆聽心靈的鐘聲,稍為停頓片刻,默想天主,讚美天主。 

Why Go to Church?

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

If you’re spiritually alive, you’re going to love this!
If you’re spiritually dead, you won’t want to read it.
If you’re spiritually curious, there is still hope!

Why Go to Church?
ChurchA churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.
‘I’ve gone for 30 years now,’ he wrote, ‘and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.’
This started a real controversy in the ‘Letters to the Editor’ column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

‘I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this; they all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.
Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!’

When you are DOWN to nothing. God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

有主的恩寵已足夠!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

(祈禱中)我說:「天主,你是仁慈的,你知道我既需要,求你賜給我溫暖的家庭給我今次會計考試及  格….給我乒乓球比賽可登上三甲位置….給我一個細心又體貼的女朋友最後,請賜我你的智慧及能力,好讓我實行你的旨意。」《衰鬼上帝》

天主:「好呀,你聽早睡醒時,你所祈求的全部都有。」

我說:「係咪真架?」

天主說:「你又要求,依家俾你又唔要……

我說:「唔係..….多謝天主。」

天主說:「拿我連能力都俾埋你….我去放假啦……

相信大家有睇《衰鬼上帝》第一集都知道….最後佢都要找回天主來,歸還所有能力給祂。人不知不覺就想做天主,尤其是當事情不如我地所想所願的時候,就會希望天主俯聽我的要求,那麼,同求黃大仙分別不大。天主已給我們足夠的恩寵去跟隨祂,我們有否發覺?有否發現祂所賦予我們的神恩?我們又有否好好善用天主所賜予的恩寵?同樣我們又有否準備接受天主的特恩?

一則愛的寓言

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

小狗出售一個商店老闆在門上釘了一個牌子, 上面寫著”小狗出售”.
這個招牌對小孩有相當的吸引力.
 
過了不久,一個小男孩出現在招牌前問說”你這些小狗要賣多少錢呢?”
 
店主人回答,”都是從30至50元不等”. 小男孩把手伸到口袋裏,
掏出了一些硬幣,”我只有2.37元, 我可以看看它們嗎?”
店老闆笑笑並吹了口哨叫狗過來,
從狗屋中跑出來店老闆的名叫“女士”的狗,走廊上
五隻小狗跟著跑來, 其中一隻小狗明顯的遠遠落在後面?
 
小男孩立刻注意到那隻落在後面, 跛腳的小狗,他問店老闆,”這隻小狗怎麼了?”
店主人解釋說這隻小狗出生時,獸醫診斷它的骨盆腔發育不健全,這一生都註定要跛腳.
小男孩顯得很高興的說,”那就是我要買的小狗”,
店主人說,”這隻小狗不用買,如果你要的話,我把它送給你”. 小男孩有點難過,
他看著店主人的眼睛說,”我不要你送給我,它跟其他的小狗一樣,
值得每一分錢,我會付全額給你. 我先付你2.37元, 以後每個月付50分,
直到付清為止”.
店主人反對的說,”你真的不用買這隻小狗, 孩子!
因為它不會像其他的小狗一樣正常的跑跳和玩耍“.
小男孩彎下身來捲起褲管,露出嚴重扭曲,用金屬支架支撐住的殘障左腿.
他看著店主人說,”我自己也無法正常的跑跳,所以我知道這隻小狗需要
有人了解關愛它”
店主人緊咬著下唇,眼中湧出了淚水, 他微笑著說,”孩子,我衷心希望與
祈禱,這裏的每一隻小狗都有像你一樣的主人”.
 
在一生中, 你是誰其實並不代表什麼,
應該在乎的是否有人欣賞你,
接受你而且無條件的愛你.
真心的朋友是當世界其他人都離你而去的時候,
仍陪你併肩而行

上主就是這樣愛了您!  

基督的召喚

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Christ Calls

交差與事奉

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

 

作者:佚名
翻譯:陳衍昌(20-8-2001)
摘自 《路上光2001年9、10月刊》

在教會裏,有一些人交差;另有一些人事奉。
分別在那裡?
如果是因為沒有人會做,你才去做,那就是交差。
如果你是為主而做,那就是事奉。
如果因為別人批評,你便放棄,那就是交差。
如果你堅持到底,那就是事奉。
如果是因為不會影響你其他的活動,你才去做,那就是交差。
如果你完全委身,甚至願意放下其他的事情去承擔,不離不棄,那就是事奉。
如果是因為沒有人稱讚和道謝,你便放棄,那就是交差。
如果即使沒有人認同你的努力,你仍然堅持到底,那就是事奉。
交差,難以叫人興奮;事奉,卻肯定會叫人興奮難眠。
如果我們只注目於事情的成敗,那就是交差。
如果我們關注的是處事的忠信,那就是事奉。
平庸的教會,充滿交差的信徒;
偉大而不斷增長的教會,充滿事奉的信徒。
我們屬於那一類型?
我們自己的情況如何?
如果上主呼召你去事奉,不可交差地回應。
如果你在交差,請放棄那份差事,找一個事奉的崗位。
上主不希望我們停滯於差事之上,卻願意我們興奮和忠誠地事奉祂。

I Wish You Enough

Monday, October 15th, 2007

AirportRecently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport.

They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, “I love you and I wish you enough”.

The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom”.

They kissed and the daughter left.

The mother walked over to the window where I was seated.

Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry.

I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”.

“Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?”.

“I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,” she said.

“When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough’. May I ask what that means? “.

She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone”.

She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled! Even more.

“When we said , ‘I wish you enough’, we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them”.

Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

She then began to cry and walked away.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them but then an entire life to forget them.

Good Advice!

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Love one another , speak with softness and tenderness through LOVE, permeate others with the fragrance of Christ.

Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

* Live with the 3 E’s: Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
* Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
* Dream more while you are awake.
* Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in plants.
* Try to make at least 3 people smile each day.
* Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk, and let new and flowing energy into your life.
* Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past, negative thoughts, or things you cannot control.   Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.
* Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum, but the lessons you learn will last a l ifetime.
* Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
* Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
* Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
* You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
* Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
* Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their Journey is all about.
* Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
* No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
* Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
* What other people think of you is none of your business.
* Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
* However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
* Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.
* Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.
* Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
* The best is yet to come.
* No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
* Do the right thing.
* Call your mother and father often.
* Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
* Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass.

 

We don’t always see what we think we see!

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink. If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green. Now, concentrate on the black + in the center of the picture. After a short period of time, all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see a green dot rotating… if you’re lucky!

 

It’s amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don’t disappear. This should be proof enough, we don’t always see what we think we see.

偉大的愛!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

有一位作家在餐廳內看到一個婦人用口含著匙羮餵她的兒子吃飯,他觀察這位婦人沒有什麼疾病,雙手健在,運用自如,他覺得很奇怪,忍不住走去問這位婦人,她答說,你看我這個小孩,生來就沒有手腳,我要用口來替他做所有的事,好樣他知道雖然沒有手腳,但一切都可以用口來完成,使他不會放棄自己,能獨立並有希望。

看到這位母親如此偉大,想到天主對我們的愛更偉大,祂犧牲自己為愛我們,祂讓我們自由選擇,但同時又不斷地照顧我們。

 

 

恩寵是來自天主!

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Faith一位己退休的男士來參加慕道班,他第一節課便問我說:「你憑什麼使我相信?」我說:「是的,你對,我不憑什麼使你信,因為『使』你信的不是我,我只是分享我的信仰,你信還是不信是你自己決定的。」

一年多以後,要決定是否領受洗禮,他說:「我會接受洗禮,因為我信命運,而命運是天主主宰的,我因此要信那位主宰者。」

是的,相德的恩寵是來自天主,我們的責任只是傳福音,只有天主使人信祂,我們是工具而已。

今天,天主也以你的名字召叫你更愛祂!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

耶穌對他說:「你餵養我的羊群。」耶穌對西滿伯多祿說:「若望的兒子西滿,你比他們更愛我嗎?」伯多祿回答說:「主,是的,你知道我愛你。」耶穌就對他說:「你餵養我的羔羊。」耶穌第二次又問他說:「若望的兒子西滿,你愛我嗎?」伯多祿回答說:「主,是的,你知道我愛你。」耶穌就對他說:「你牧放我的羊群。」耶穌第三次問他說:「若望的兒子西滿,你愛我嗎?」伯多祿因耶穌第三次問他說:「你愛我嗎?」便憂愁起來,遂向祂說:「主啊!一切你都知道,你曉得我愛你。」耶穌對他說:「你餵養我的羊群。」

耶穌三次問西滿伯多祿是否愛祂,其實祂知道。祂每次問的時候都以西滿伯多祿的名字召叫他。耶穌要求一些人在生活上更愛祂,全心跟隨祂,奉獻給祂,完全屬於祂;也給予伯多祿更大的使命。今天,天主也以你的名字召叫你更愛祂,履行祂的使命,你願意嗎?

 

巡迴祈禱會 – 海報

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

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