Archive for February, 2008

Daddy’s Empty Chair

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

A man’s daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit. ‘I guess you were expecting me.’ he said. ‘No, who are you?’ said the father. The minister told him his name and then remarked, ‘I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up.’ ‘Oh yeah, the chair,’ said the bedridden man. ‘Would you mind closing the door?’ Puzzled, the minister shut the door. ‘I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,’ said the man. ‘But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head. I abandoned any attempt at prayer,’ the old man continued, ‘until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, ‘Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here is what I suggest: Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It’s not spooky because He promised, ‘I will be with you always..’ then just speak to Him in the same way you’re doing with me right now.’ ‘So, I tried it and I’ve liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I’m careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she’d either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm.’ The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey. The he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church. Two nights later, the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon. ‘Did he die in peace?’ he asked. ‘Yes, when I left the house about two o’clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange about hid death. Apparently, just before daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?’ The minister wiped the tears from his eyes and said, ‘I wish we could all go like that.’ Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.

I asked God for water, He gave me an ocean. I asked God for a flower, He gave me a garden. I asked God for a friend, He gave me all of YOU … If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship god. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

齋戒的另一種演譯……

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

齋戒一辭,通常立即令人聯想起絕食,或不看電視等。
但其實,在迎接耶穌基督的治療當中,我們也有很多更有意義的齋戒方法。

1.戒絕憤怒和憎恨 – 每天都將多一點的愛奉獻給你的家人。
2.戒絕批評他人 – 在對別人下任何判斷前,先默想主耶穌是如何對我們自己犯下的種種過失視若無睹。
3. 戒絕沮喪氣餒 – 時刻緊記主耶穌承諾會為我們的人生準備一張完美的藍圖。
4.戒絕抱怨和不滿 – 當你發現自己將要抱怨或不滿時,閉上你的眼睛回想主耶穌所曾給予你的快樂中的一些小片段。
5.戒絕憤慨或憎恨 – 努力去寬恕那些曾傷害過你的人。
6.戒絕過份的花費 – 嘗試將你的花費減少一成,然後將這些省下來的錢送贈給有需要的人。

請將這訊息儘量傳達給多一些人,你將會得到極大的祝福。
祝願你時常在聖神充滿裡感受到平安,喜樂和愛。

請微笑吧﹗ — 主耶穌愛你﹗

When I say good morning I mean

Monday, February 25th, 2008
sunWhen I say good morning I mean:
G -od
Offers us His
Outstanding
Devotion to
Make us
Obedient &
Ready for a
New day with Him.
Inspire others please, and
Never forget

G-od loves you!

黃金時間 – prime time

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Prime Time

我喜歡英文中的中年代稱,不是 mid-age 這麼赤裸裸的直稱,而是用 prime time – 黃金時間
如果中年是人生的分水嶺,那麼這個年紀在人生經歷的確是水到渠成的成熟,有判斷力當然就果斷,敏銳自然就敏感,這種歲月換來的成熟,也使一切的收穫都有黃金的分量;這也是人生階段最能做事的築夢時刻,生活的經歷和生命的圓熟,都使得這個年紀的人有種信手拈來的順遂。
在感情路上,不少人都有這樣的經驗,年輕時喜歡具有自己欠缺的特質的人,有一種補償的滿足。隨著人生閱歷和自信的增長,這種心理也會有所改變,轉而找尋和自己相同特質的人。
由於越來越能夠欣賞自己,肯定自己;喜歡自己的人,才能真正欣賞別人,而不是找一個人來彌補自己所沒有的。
年輕時知道自己要什麼是一種福氣,中年後知道自己不要什麼是一種幸福。
我現在比較注重自己和自己的關係,而不是我和他人的關係。
中年的我不那麼在乎他人是不是喜歡我,而在意我喜不喜歡自己。
中年應像菩薩:眼睛向下,常常自我反省;嘴角朝上,時時自我滿足。
中年金錢觀:小錢懶得賺,大錢賺不到。
不再從結果看得失,學著從過程看人生。
不要把生命的意義託在別人身上,這對自己和他人都是不公平的。
承認自己的極限,順服於生命,我們才會開始學習如何和自己相處  讓種種壓力來去自如。
不再買小一號的衣服,騙自己等瘦一點時再穿,不再高估自己-或說欺騙自己,這叫自知之明。
不再寄望別人帶來快樂和幸福。因為除非自己先有快樂的溫室  否則快樂無處著床。
中年體會到人生不是照著你的劇本演的,為此我的座右銘是:努力追求,但不強求。
終於放棄改變他人的想法,我認為這是成熟的開始。

我愛上耶穌的缺點

Monday, February 18th, 2008


 「我拋下一切追隨耶穌,因為我愛上耶穌的缺點。」

 

(摘錄自阮文順樞機主教著作 希望的證人)

第一個缺點:耶穌的記憶力奇差
 
在十字架的極端痛苦中,耶穌聽見釘在右邊的強盜說:「耶穌,當你來為王時,請你紀念我。」(路2342)我要是耶穌,一定會告訴他:「我當然不會忘記你,但你的罪惡至少要在煉獄中賠補二十年。」相反地,耶穌告訴他:「今天你就要與我一同在樂園裡。」(路2343)他忘記了這人全部的罪過。

他也同樣對待了用香液抹了他雙腳的罪婦。耶穌一點不過問她放蕩的過去。他只是說:「她的那許多罪得了赦免,因為她愛的多。」(路747

蕩子的比喻告訴我們,在回到父家的路上,這個兒子如何在心中忖想要說的話:「父親!我得罪了天,也得罪了你。我不配再稱作你的兒子,把我當作你的一個傭工罷!」(路1518-19

然而,父親遠遠地看到兒子時,他什麼都忘記了。他跑過去會他,擁抱他,甚至不給他機會說話。他要站在一旁看呆了的僕人:「你們快拿出上等的袍子來給他穿上,把戒指戴在他手上,給他腳上穿上鞋,再把那隻肥牛犢牽來宰了,我們應吃喝歡宴,因為我這個兒子是死而復生。」(路1522-24

耶穌不像我有很好的記憶力。他不但寬恕,寬恕了每一個人,他甚至忘了他已經寬恕了。

第二個缺點:耶穌不懂數學
 
jesus-christ.jpg如果耶穌參加數學考試,他大概會考不及格。他在亡羊的比喻裡指出了這點。牧羊人有一百隻羊,有一隻走失了。他亳不遲疑地去尋找它,將其餘九十九隻羊留在曠野裡。等找到了,他將這隻小羊揹在肩上,返回羊棧。(路154-7
對耶穌來說,一等於九十九──搞不好更多!誰會接受這種事呢?然而他的仁慈萬代長存……。

只要能夠救回迷失的羊,耶穌就不會因任何的風險或麻煩而裹足不前。我們也可以敬觀他的行為,是那麼充滿恩慈,當他坐在雅各伯的井邊和撒瑪黎雅婦人談話,或者他想去匝凱的家中吃飯的時候!耶穌對罪人是何等的慈愛,何等的單純,不會計較!


 
第三個缺點:耶穌不懂邏輯
 
一個婦人有十塊銀錢,她丟了一枚,就點起燈去尋找。找到了,就請來左鄰右舍,跟他們說:「和我歡樂吧!因為我已找到了失落的銀錢了。」(路158-10

這真的不合邏輯,僅僅為了一塊銀幣去打擾朋友,然後籌備一場宴會大肆慶祝!甚且,宴請朋友一定要花費比一塊銀幣更多的錢,即使花上十塊錢也不敷開銷……。

這裡我們大可和法國哲人巴斯客一齊自信地說:「靈敏的心自有她的理數,是理智理不清楚的。」

就在這比喻之後,耶穌啟示了他聖心的奇妙邏輯,同樣,「我告訴你們:對於一個罪人悔改,在天主的使者前,也是這樣歡樂。」(路1510


第四個缺點:耶穌愛冒風險
 
  公司的宣傳主任或任何政治競選的候選人都會先準備一定的計劃,推出許多的承諾。

     耶穌從不這麼作!他的文宣廣告,從人的角度來看,一定會失敗無疑。

  對那些跟隨他的人,耶穌只承諾試煉和迫害。

  對那些為他拋下一切的門徒,他不保證日得三餐夜得一宿;他只承諾他們會隨他的方式過窮日子。

  對一位想追隨他的經師,耶穌回答說:「狐狸有穴,天上的飛鳥有巢,但是人子卻沒有枕頭的地方。」(瑪820

福音書中的真福八端,是耶穌這位愛冒風險者的最佳「自畫像」,他為了愛天主愛世人,而甘冒風險。真福八端自始至終都是似非而是,即使對我們這些聽慣的人而言也是這樣。

神貧的人是有福的……

哀慟的人是有福的……

為義而受迫害的人是有福的……

幾時人為了我而辱罵迫害你們,捏造一切壞話毀謗你們,你們是有福的。你們歡喜踴躍罷!因為你們在天上的賞報是豐厚的。(瑪53-12

門徒對這位愛冒風險者有信心。二千年來,直到世界末日,跟隨耶穌的群眾永不中斷。只要看一下歷代的聖人,他們中有很多人是屬於這些愛冒風險的族群的,沒有電話,沒有地址,沒有傳真機!


 
第五個缺點:耶穌不懂理財或經濟
 
  回想一下葡萄園僱工的比喻:「天國好像一個家主,清晨出去為自己的葡萄園僱工人。他與工人議定一天一個『德納』,就派他們到葡萄園裡去了。約在第三時辰,又出去,看見另有些人在街市上閒立著,就對他們說:你們也到我的葡萄園裡去罷!凡照公義該給的,我必給你們。他們就去了。約在第六和第九時辰,他又出去,也照樣作了。約在第十一時辰,他又出去,看見還有些人站在那裡,……他給他們說:你們也到我的葡萄園裡去罷!到了晚上,葡萄園的主人對他的管事人說:你叫工人來,分給他們工資,由最後的開始,直到最先的。」(瑪201-16) 

如果耶穌當公司的經理人或商務主任,公司非倒閉不可。怎麼下午五點才來工作的人和一大早就開始工作的人付同樣多的工資?這僅僅是疏忽嗎?或者耶穌算錯了?不是的,他故意的,就如他解釋的:「難道不許我拿我所有的財物,行我所願意的嗎?或是因為我好,你就眼紅嗎?」(瑪2015

「或許們可以自己問一下,為甚麼耶穌會有這些缺點?因為他就是愛(若一416),真愛不會理論、不會盤算、不會製造麻煩、不會斤斤計較、不記恨、也不問條件……每當我默想這個大愛,我的心就充滿了喜樂與平安。我希望,在臨終時,上主會接納我的靈魂,正如他接納他葡萄園中最小的工人一樣。我要詠唱他的仁慈,直到永遠;永遠驚嘆钬為蒙揀選的人所保存的妙景勝境。我將快樂地經歷耶穌所有的『缺點』,感謝天主,這些缺點幸好是無可救藥的。」(第15頁)
 

 

「恩寵滿盈」聖召祈禱聚會 – 黎小姐的分享

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

「恩寵滿盈」聖召祈禱聚會
日期︰2008年1月26日 (星期六)
地點︰聖安德肋堂
嘉賓︰黎秀蟾小姐 (宗徒事業輔助者)

– 講者先發問誰是宗徒的繼承人
– 答案是主教
– 宗徒事業輔助者授命於主教
– 主教需要各人的幫助使教區更進步及更美好
– 宗徒事業輔助者是在俗成員,無發願。只收女性成員,守獨身。
– 是一種教友的聖召,透過服務,活出基督徒的生活。
– 團體經常有培育,如避靜及分享。
– 服務範圍有國內及國外,在國內神職人員的身份比較敏感,以教友身份代表傳教會較方便。還有探訪醫院及老人院。
– 宗徒事業輔助者有數十年的歷史,但在港是白英奇主教成立
– 參加者問謂何加入宗徒事業輔助者?
– 講者表示年少時有修道意向,看過幾間修院都不大適合,及後接觸到宗徒事業輔助者而被吸引加入
– 見證天主的慈愛,不單是做服務,嘗試停下來,靜一靜,在祈禱中聆聽天主的聲音
– 鼓勵青年人回應聖召時,不要害怕,不要等待,要勇敢踏出一步,去尋找,去回應天主愛的召叫

Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Valentine

    For God so loVed the world,
          That He g
Ave
                His on
Ly
               Begott
En
                     So
N
                        
That whosoever
          Believeth
In Him
             Should
Not perish,
           But have
Everlasting life.’
                                           John 3:16

愛 ‧ 追 ‧ 尋 – 聖召培育營

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

日期: 二零零八年四月五日至六日

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內容: 小組討論、嘉賓分享、祈禱、個別接見

對像: 在職青年男女

名額: 20

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截止日期: 20.3.2008

愛 ‧ 追 ‧ 尋 - 聖召培育營

2008年誠摯祝福

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

ASAP

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Ever wonder about the abbreviation A.S.A.P.? Generally we think of it in terms of even more hurry and stress in our lives. Maybe if we think of this abbreviation in a different manner, we will begin to find a new way to deal with those rough days along the way.

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There’s work to do, deadlines to meet;
You’ve got no time to spare,
But as you hurry and scurry-
ASAP – ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER

In the midst of family chaos,
‘Quality time’ is rare.
Do your best; let God do the rest-
ASAP – ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.

It may seem like your worries
Are more than you can bear.
Slow down and take a breather-
ASAP – ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER

God knows how stressful life is;
He wants to ease our cares,
And He’ll respond to all your needs
A.S.A.P. – ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.

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Have a wonderful day &  let us love one another!
   
In the tiny petal of a tiny flower that grew from a tiny pod,
Is the miracle and the mystery Of all creation and God!

Rat

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Rat

Bye Piggy! It’s my year! The Year of the Rat!
This Lunar New Year, may I wish you …
A year with the tastiest spices
A year when everything turns out perfect
A year of Happy Times
A year with more friends and less enemies
A year of wise choices
A year spent with family
A year of sensational experiences
A year of romantic journeys and far-off dreams
A year with greater control over your life
A year of better communication
A year you don’t get caught doing something you shouldn’t
A year of surprises
A year of good food and less calories
A year with a happy ending!
May you have an exciting year ahead
Year Year Got Fish
Horse Until Work Finish
New Year Faster Happy

金鼠年 – 放鬆身心靈

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

10 Flowers for you in 2008

Monday, February 4th, 2008

The Butterfly and Flower

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

The Butterfly and FlowerOnce there was a man who asked God for a flower…. ….and a butterfly.

But instead God gave him a cactus…. ….and a caterpillar.

The man was sad, he didn’t understand why his request was mistaken.

Then he thought: Oh well, God has too many people to care for… And decided not to question. After some time, the man went to check up on his request that he had left forgotten. To his surprise, from the thorny & ugly cactus a beautiful flower had grown.

And the unsightly carterpillar had been transformed into the most beautiful butterfly.

GOD always does things right! His way is ALWAYS the best way, even if to us it seems all wrong. If you asked God for one thing & received another, TRUST. You can be sure that He will always give you what you need at the appropriate time. What you want… ….is not always what you need! God never fails to grant our petitions, so keep on going for Him without doubting or murmuring. Today’s THORN… Is tomorrow’s FLOWER!

GOD GIVES THE VERY BEST TO THOSE WHO LEAVE THE CHOICES UP TO HIM!

GOD BLESS YOU!