Archive for May, 2008

The King’s Highway

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

HighwayOnce a king had a great highway built for the members of his kingdom. After it was completed, but before it was opened to the public, the king decided to have a contest. He invited as many as desired to participate. Their challenge was to see who could travel the highway the best.

On the day of the contest the people came. Some of them had fine chariots. Some ran along the highway and others rode horses, mules, or donkeys.

People traveled the highway all day, but each one, when he arrived at the end, complained to the king that there was a large pile of rocks and debris left on the road at one spot and this got in their way and hindered their travel.

At the end of the day, a lone traveler wearily crossed the finish line and walked over to the king. He was tired and dirty, but he addressed the king with great respect and handed him a bag of gold. He explained, “I stopped along the way to clear a pile of rocks and debris that was blocking the road. This bag of gold was under it all. I want to give it to you so you can return it to its rightful owner.”

The king replied, “You are the rightful owner.”

The traveler replied, “Oh no, this is not mine. I’ve never known such money.”

“Oh yes,” said the king, “you’ve earned this gold, for you won my contest.”

“He who travels the road best is he who makes the road smoother for those who will follow.”

Remember those words of wisdom as you travel the road of life!

重現眼前

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

天父也用ICQ

ICQ#:格前11:23-25;希7:27
User:我的天父
Password:重現眼前
Contact List:亞當 ─ 人

亞當:「爸爸!」
天父:「我兒。」
亞當:「爸爸!」
天父:「甚麼事?」
亞當:「無呀!」
天父:「有甚麼事想話我知?」
亞當:「今個星期日不可以跟朋友去玩。」
天父:「為甚麼?」
亞當:「因為要去望彌撒 (感恩祭)。」
天父:「星期日是主日,放假是為方便人去參與感恩祭。」
亞當:「我知,不去是犯了第三誡!」
天父:「法律是為幫助人保存或獲得一些價值。」
亞當:「望彌撒有甚麼價值?」
天父:「是慶祝我聖子的死亡及復活的日子。」
亞當:「他的死亡及復活?」
天父:「他藉死亡戰勝了死亡,以復活証實永生的存在。」
亞當:「不過,他不是已經復活了嗎?與我們這年代的人有甚麼關係?」
天父:「每次舉行感恩祭都是宣佈這件偉大的事。」
亞當:「難道要他死好多次又復活好多次嗎?」
天父:「不是,他只為人死了一次。」
亞當:「那麼,每次舉行彌撒只是做戲,重演他的死亡,讓人去回想二千年前發生的事。」
天父:「他是一次而永遠地作了奉獻。」
亞當:「不明白。」
天父:「每次舉行感恩祭都把我聖子為人犧牲的祭獻在參加者面前重現出來。」
亞當:「重現?」
天父:「是的,參加者可直接參與這個祭獻並從中獲得效益,也是預嘗永生的福樂。」
亞當:「每次舉行彌撒不是做戲來紀念。」
天父:「是。」
亞當:「也不單是宣佈。」
天父:「是!」
亞當:「是參與,是感恩。」
天父:「雖然大家可以從中聽到我的說話。」
亞當:「但『聽』是不夠的。這不是演唱會。」
天父:「也不單是『望』,因為不只是睇人做戲。」
亞當:「是參與天國的聚會,要全情投入,一起慶祝,一起歡樂!」
天父:「你還會先去玩嗎?」
亞當:「我的好爸爸,願你的名受顯揚,願你的國在我們參與感恩祭時臨現在人間;求你今天賞給我日用的食糧,求你寬恕我的罪過,如同我寬恕別人一樣;不要讓我陷於誘惑,但救我免於凶惡,亞孟。」
天父:「參與了感恩祭才去玩吧!」
亞當:「知道,爸爸!」
(亞當 Disconnect,天父仍 Online。)

【歡迎與作者分享 ICQ# 175320897】

Dusting

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Especially for those who toil and sweat at home trying to keep it clean!
Remember…a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it. Read the message below from a “reformed duster”!!!

Dusting

“A house becomes a home when you can write
“I love you” on the furniture.”

I can’t tell you how many countless hours
that I have spent CLEANING!

I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend
making sure things were just perfect —
“in case someone came over.”
Then I realized one day that no one came over;
they were all out living life and having fun!

Now, when people visit, I find no need to
explain the “condition” of my home.
They are more interested in hearing about
the things I’ve been doing while I was
away living life and having fun.
If you haven’t figured this out yet,
please heed this advice.

Life is short. Enjoy it!
Dust if you must,
but wouldn’t it be better to
paint a picture or write a letter,
bake a cake or plant a seed,
ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
music to hear and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world’s out
there with the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow,
a shower of rain.
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go — and go you must —
you, yourself will make more dust!

Share this with all the wonderful people in your life!
I JUST DID.

It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter
that tells what kind of life you lead.

Does this remind you of Martha and Mary in the Bible?
Mary knows the better part. She sat at the feet of Jesus
while Martha busied herself in the kitchen.
“For what, Martha, do you busy yourself?
With Jesus you have everything.”

The Wooden Bowl

Monday, May 26th, 2008

The Wooden BowlI guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table.

But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. “We must do something about father,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.”

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl!

When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometime he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?”

Just as sweetly, the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work .

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

On a positive note, I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life..”

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.

People love that human touch — holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.!

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about.

I just did.

至少在今天

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

教宗若望二十三世的座右銘

1 至少在今天,我只活於「此刻」;我不急著想要立刻解決我所有的困難與問題。
2.至少在今天,我衣著得體、態度和藹、談吐溫雅、心地善良。我不挑剔、不批評他人。同時,在改變自己之前絕不期望他人改變。
3.至少在今天,我珍惜自己仍活在今天中,而讓日子快快樂樂的渡過。
4.至少在今天,我學習適應環境而不幻想環境適應我。
5.至少在今天,我的心靈因渴慕天主,而願意花些時間去讀聖書、聽聖言。
6.至少在今天,我不欲人之知的日行一善。
7.至少在今天,我不再耿耿於懷的把他人對我造成的傷害牢記心中。
8.至少在今天,我完成了生命的規劃;付諸實行時,有時因自身的懶惰而跟不上進度,但是我確知我已在成功的道路上邁進。這樣,我就不至於永遠生活在一事無成的追悔中。
9.至少在今天,我深信天主視我為世上僅存著的,無微不至的呵護著。
10.至少在今天,我看到了世界的美好與美麗而不再生活在絕望與恐懼中。

A strong woman Vs. A woman of strength

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape …
but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape…

A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything …
but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear…

A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her …
but a woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone…

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future…
a woman of strength realizes life’s mistakes can also be God’s blessings and capitalizes on them…

A strong woman walks sure footedly …
but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls…

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face …
but a woman of strength wears grace…

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey …
but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong…

媽媽的帳單

Monday, May 19th, 2008

小明家是經營餐廳生意,有時放學後他會到餐廳幫忙,招呼客人入座點菜收拾碗筷、算帳結帳。他漸漸覺得自己似乎也成了一位生意人。有一次,他忽然突發奇想,也開了一張帳單寄給媽媽,索取他在餐廳幫忙作事的酬勞。

幾天後,媽媽收到這份帳單,上面寫著:

1.洗碗盤費500元
2.掃地拖地費200元
3.送外食到顧客家300元
4.至郵局寄發信件帳單100元
5.小明一直是勤奮聽話的好孩子100元共計1,200元

小明的媽仔細看過這份帳單後,什麼話也沒有說。

晚上小明在他的枕頭旁看到了他所索取的1,200元報酬。

正當他得意如願以償,要把1200元收到自己的口袋時,突然發現枕頭旁邊還放著一份給他的帳單。

小明欠他母親如下款項:
1.在母親家裡過十年平安無憂的生活費用0元
2.十年中,食、衣、住、行的費用0元
3.上學的學費、書籍費0元
4.生病時的醫藥、照顧費0元
5.有一個慈愛的母親0元

小明讀著讀著,感到羞愧萬分!
過了一會兒,他懷著一顆忐忑不安的心;躡手躡腳地走近母親,將小臉藏進母親的懷中,小心翼翼地把那1,200元塞進了她的圍裙口袋裡。

對媽媽好一點

看完後要對媽媽好一點,
珍惜愛妳的人…

當妳來到這個世界,她以手臂輕抱妳.妳則以哭個像妖怪的聲音來謝謝她

當妳一歲時,她餵妳也替妳洗澡,妳則以長夜大哭來謝謝她

當妳二歲時,她教妳走路,妳會謝謝她,當她叫時溜得特別快

當妳三歲時,她滿懷愛心的做飯給妳吃,妳則以滿地食物來謝謝她

當妳四歲時,她教妳繪畫,妳則以滿間的彩色來謝謝她

當妳五歲時,她在假日將妳打扮的漂漂亮亮的,妳則以噗通掉到一塘泥淖裡謝謝她

當妳六歲時,她帶妳去學校,妳則以尖叫”我不去”來謝謝她

當妳七歲時,她給妳個棒球,妳則以打破鄰居的窗戶來謝謝她

當妳八歲時,她給妳個冰淇淋,妳以滿嘴的奶昔來謝謝她

當妳九歲時,她讓妳學鋼琴,妳則以不曾練習來謝謝她

當妳十歲時,她整天載妳去上體育踢足球及參加一個接著一個的生日Party,妳則以頭也不回的跳出車外來謝她

當妳十一歲時,她帶妳和妳的朋友去看電影時,妳則以要求她坐在不同排來謝謝她

當妳十二歲時,她警告妳不要看某些TV Shows時,妳則以等到她離開時注視這些TV Shows來謝謝她

當妳十三歲的青少年時期,她建議妳要去剪個頭髮時,妳則以告訴她她一點品味都沒有,來謝謝她

當妳十四歲時,她讓妳去夏令營,妳則以忘了寫封家書來謝謝她

當妳十五歲時,她工作回來並期待一個擁抱,妳則以房門深鎖來謝謝她

當妳十六歲時,她教妳如何開車,妳以儘妳所能的到處冒險來謝她

當妳十七歲時,她正在等一個重要的電話時,妳則以整夜電話中來謝謝她

當妳十八歲時,她讓妳去受高中教育,妳則以外宿, 到天明來謝謝她

愈來愈大,妳已經十九歲,她讓妳去念個大學,載妳去學校,帶著妳的袋子,妳則以在宿舍門外,怕她會讓妳在妳朋友面前蒙羞,就趕緊說再見的方式來答謝她

當妳已二十歲,她問妳是否有約會,妳則以”那不關妳的事”來答謝她

當妳二十一歲,她建議妳讓為妳的未來找個好工作時,妳則以”我才不想像妳一樣”的口氣來答謝她

當妳二十二歲,她在妳的畢業典禮緊緊的擁抱妳,妳則問她是否要付錢讓妳去歐洲遊學來謝謝她

當妳二十三歲,她替妳的新公寓買個傢俱,妳則告訴妳的朋友,它實在是醜的不像話 的方式來謝謝她

當妳二十四歲,她問妳有關妳的經濟及妳未來的計劃,妳則是拖長聲音的回謝她,”媽……媽,妳也拜託一下好不好 “

當妳二十五歲,她資助妳的婚禮及高興的哭著對妳說,她有多愛妳,妳則以搬離半個國家的距離隔絕她的方式來謝謝她

當妳已三十歲,她跟妳說她想要有個孫子可以抱,妳則是非常謝謝她的跟她說,”時代不同,世事皆非了”

當妳已四十歲,她提醒妳要記得一個親人的生日,妳則是謝謝她的告訴妳,妳”現在真的真的很忙”

當妳五十歲了,她身體不適而且需要妳多多關心她,妳則是以自己已是深責大任的父母來回謝她

然而,有一天她死了,妳則發現妳未替她做到任何事,讓我們花些時間為我們所稱呼的”媽”, 關心,付出,僅管有些人可能無法對他們的母親說出他們的愛.

但她是無法取代的,因為它是獨一無二的感情

也許,她不是妳最好的朋友,也許有些想法真的與妳不同,但她仍然是妳的母親!

她總是在這裡聽妳訴說妳的喜怒哀樂,但問問妳自己吧!
妳可有花足夠時間陪陪她?聽她說看看她在廚房的困擾及疲勞?

以貼心,愛心,尊重的心來對待她時,妳會發現妳會看到不同的觀點.

一旦錯失了,將只有美好回憶陪伴著妳,而過去的遺憾也是不要將最貼心的人視為理所當然,請一輩子緊緊守住她們,假若沒有她們,生命將頓時失去意義。
有很多的事情,都是非得等到長大了才會明白。

更正確的說,是失去後才會明白。

可過去的事卻再也無法重新來過,更令人悲傷的是,有的時候,連想向當初所傷害的人、事、物說聲抱歉,都沒有辦法補救。

為四川地震災民祈禱會

Friday, May 16th, 2008

主內的兄弟姊妹:

奉上為四川地震災民祈禱文二則,及祈禱會程式。

求主垂憐!

羅國輝神父

暨香港教區禮儀委員會同人

主耶穌基督,你為朋友的去世而哭泣,求你接納地震中的亡者,並親自安慰災民,給他們勇氣與力量。求你幫助我們伸以援手,協助他們重建家園,也求你使我們居安思危,尋找方法,預防及減少天災的傷害,並教我們珍惜身邊各人。你是我們的救主,天主,永生永王。亞孟。

至愛的主耶穌,你曾為你的好友拉匝祿的死亡而哭泣,讓所有在場的人,都感動地說,你是多麼愛他呀!

我們知道你也深愛四川汶川等地區,因地震而遭受死亡和苦難的兄弟姐妹。我們現在也像瑪利亞和瑪爾大一樣,感到苦痛和無助;我們只能將他們完全地交付給你。

主耶穌,你是我們的復活和生命,你曾為朋友心神感傷,求你眷顧這些蒙難的兄弟姐妹,使他們雖然處身於死亡之中,仍能得到你仁慈的幫助,在苦難中,能懷有希望;並在你母親瑪利亞的陪伴下,早日走出苦難的陰影,終能分享你復活的喜樂!你是天主,永生永王!阿門。

(由內地一位司鐸撰寫)

1.   簡單導言 (講及災情)

2.   讀經 (天主的安慰和鼓勵)

恭讀聖若望福音11:33-36

耶穌的朋友拉匝祿去世後,耶穌看見瑪利亞哭泣,還有同她一起來的猶太人也哭泣,便心神感傷,難過起來,遂說:「你們把他安放在那裏?」他們回答說:「主,你來看罷!」耶穌流淚了。於是猶太人說:「看,他多麼愛他啊!」                                 ── 上主的話。
3.   簡短反省
3.1   表示對死難者的婉惜,對受災者寄予同情祝福。求主幫助我們和有能力的人伸以援手,互相扶持。
3.2   面對天災,我們當居安思危,汲取教訓,亦求主幫助人類,尋求可以預防及減低天災傷害的方法。
3.3   反省世事無常,要珍惜身邊人。

3.4   按大家能力,作出祈禱、祝福及物質的捐助。

3.5       建議安排壁布板,讓參加者寫上祝福句子,以表示對災民的關懷。

4.   默哀一分鐘

5.   信友禱文 (參加者自發)

6.   天主經

7.   結束祈禱

主耶穌基督,你為朋友的去世而哭泣,求你接納地震中的亡者,並親自安慰災民,給他們勇氣與力量。求你幫助我們伸以援手,協助他們重建家園,也求你使我們居安思危,尋找方法,預防及減少天災的傷害,並教我們珍惜身邊各人。你是我們的救主,天主,永生永王。亞孟。

至愛的主耶穌,你曾為你的好友拉匝祿的死亡而哭泣,讓所有在場的人,都感動地說,你是多麼愛他呀!
我們知道你也深愛四川汶川等地區,因地震而遭受死亡和苦難的兄弟姐妹。我們現在也像瑪利亞和瑪爾大一樣,感到苦痛和無助;我們只能將他們完全地交付給你。
主耶穌,你是我們的復活和生命,你曾為朋友心神感傷,求你眷顧這些蒙難的兄弟姐妹,使他們雖然處身於死亡之中,仍能得到你仁慈的幫助,在苦難中,能懷有希望;並在你母親瑪利亞的陪伴下,早日走出苦難的陰影,終能分享你復活的喜樂!你是天主,永生永王!阿門。

(由內地一位司鐸撰寫)

8.   歌詠結束(有關平安及祝福的歌)

* 激發參加者同情共感之心,切勿無動於衷。建議安排壁布板,讓參加者寫上祝福句子,以表示對災民的關懷。

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為中國祈禱日得大赦

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Indulgence Linked to Day of Prayer for China

為中國祈禱日得大赦 HONG KONG, MAY 13, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is offering the opportunity to gain a plenary indulgence to those who participate in the events surrounding the May 24 World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.
524是普世為中國祈禱日。凡參加此日活動的人,教宗本篤十六世特賜全大赦。

In a notice to parishes, the Hong Kong Diocese announced May 9 that at the request of Cardinal Joseph Zen, bishop of Hong Kong, the Pope is making a plenary indulgence available to the faithful.
香港教區在59堂區報告中,提到這是陳樞機特別向教宗要求的。

To receive the plenary indulgence, the faithful should participate in one of the solemn functions to be held May 15-25 in the diocese, as well as fulfilling the customary conditions.
要得到大赦,教友須在51525日之間,參加教區主辦的活動,同時也要滿全一般得全大赦的條件。

Those who are unable to participate due to sickness or other grave reasons can also obtain the indulgence by uniting themselves spiritually with those present at the celebrations, offering their prayers and sufferings to the God of mercy for the Church in China.
凡因生病或其他重要原因而不能參加的人,可以精神和那些參加此活動的人共融,為中國教會,向慈悲的天主獻上祈禱和犧牲。

“It is the wish of the Holy Father that the faithful will more and more yearn for and put into practice the supernatural virtues, especially faith, hope and charity, and that they will strengthen their communion with the Roman Pontiff, who is the visible foundation of the unity of the whole Catholic Church,” the diocese said.

香港教區說:教宗希望教友能越來越渴望超性之德,特別是信德,望德和愛德,並在生活中實踐。同時增強和羅馬教宗的共融,這是天主教會團結的有形基石。
Benedict XVI proclaimed May 24, memorial of Our Lady, Help of Christians, a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China in his May 27, 2007, letter to Chinese Catholics. 本篤十六在2007527致中國教會的信件中,宣佈524,進教之佑聖母的紀念日,普世為中國教會祈禱。
瑪利亞進教之佑,為我等祈。

苦難的爐火

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

我豈能沒有傷痕
如果海蠔必須經過沙粒的刺激,
才能產生光亮的珍珠;
如果達味必須經過撒烏耳的追殺,
才能鍛練信靠的美德;
如果若瑟必須經過兄長的出賣,
才能領悟饒恕的真締;
如果耶穌必須經過十架的死亡,
才能譜出救恩的詩章;
我豈能沒有傷痕!

如果天主需要用地上的眼淚
來構成天上的彩虹;
如果天主決心用物質的損失
來牽引靈性的豐富;
如果天主計劃用人間的無情
來襯托天父的恩惠;
如果天主堅持用苦難的爐火
來煉淨人格的雜質;
我豈能沒有傷痕!

Being a Mother

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby.

That Somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, “Normal”, is history.

Discoveries about the tilma of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Empress of America Andre Fernando Garcia

GuadalupeWould you like to read something that will not only surprise you, but change your way of thinking forever?
Then, read what science has discovered about the tilma of the Virgin of Guadalupe:
1. Ophthalmalgic studies made on the eyes of Mary detected that when the eye is exposed to light, the retina contracts, and when the light is withdrawn, it returns to a dilated state, just as happens with a living eye.
2. The temperature of Juan Diego’s tilma, made of a material that comes from fibers of the maguey cactus, maintains a constant temperature of 98.6 degrees, the same as that of a living human body.
3. One of the doctors who analyzed the tilma placed his stethoscope below the black band at Mary’s waist, and heard rhythmic beats at 115 pulses per minute, the same as that of a baby in the maternal womb.
4. No sign of paint has been discovered on the tilma. From a distance of 3-4 inches from the image, one can see only the maguey cactus fibers of the material: the colors disappear.
Scientific studies have not been able to discover the origin of the coloration, nor the way the image was painted. They cannot detect vestiges of brush strokes or any other known painting technique. NASA scientists confirm that the paint material does not belong to any known element on earth.
5. When the material was examined under a laser ray, it was shown that there is no coloration on the front or the back of the cloth, and that the colors hover at a distance of 3/10th of a millimeter (1/100th of an inch) over the cloth, without touching it.
The colors actually float above the surface of the tilma.
Isn’t that amazing?
6. The rough material of the tilma has a lifespan of no more than 20-30 years. Several centuries ago, a replica of the image was painted on an identical piece of maguey cloth, and it disintegrated after several decades.
Nonetheless, during the almost 500 years of the miracle, the cloth with the image of Mary remains as strong as it was on the first day. Science cannot explain why the material has not disintegrated.
7. In the year 1791, muriatic acid accidentally spilled on the upper right side of the tilma. During the period of 30 days, without any special treatment, the affected fabric re-constituted itself miraculously.
8. The stars that appear on the Mantle of Mary reflect the exact configuration and positions that could be seen in the sky of Mexico on the day the miracle happened.
On the right side of the Virgin’s mantle, the southern constellations are indicated:
At the top are four stars that form part of the Orphiuchus constellation.
Below it to the left, one finds Libra, and to its right, at what seems an arrow point, is the beginning of Scorpio.
In the middle are the constellations of Lupus and to its left, an end point of Hydra.
Further down, one can clearly see the Southern Cross; above it appears the slightly inclined square of the Centaurus constellation.
On the left side of the Virgin’s mantle one sees the northern constellations:
At her shoulder, a fragment of the stars of the Herdsman constellation; below it and to the left is the Great Bear. To its right is Berenice’s Hair; below it, Hunting Dogs, and to its left, the Thuban, which is the brightest star of the Draco constellation.
Below the two parallel stars (which still form part of the Big Bear), one finds stars from another pair of constellations: the Auriga and at the bottom, three stars of Taurus.
Thus, in their totality and proper places, the 46 most brilliant stars that can be seen on the horizon of the Valley of Mexico are identified.
9. In the year 1921, a man concealed a high power bomb in a flower arrangement, and placed it at the feet of the tilma. The explosion destroyed everything around it, except for the tilma, which remained intact.
10. Scientists discovered that the eyes of Mary have the three refractive characteristics of a human eye.
11. In the eyes of Mary (only about 1/3rd inch in size), miniscule human figures were discovered that no artist could have painted. The same scene is repeated in each eye.
Using digital technology, the images in the eyes were enlarged many times, revealing that each eye reflected the figure of the Indian Juan Diego opening his tilma in front of Bishop Zumarraga.
Do you know the size of this scene?
One fourth of a millimeter (1/100th of an inch).

所謂知人難,相知相惜更難!

Monday, May 5th, 2008

 

在「呂氏春秋」裡有一段,講孔子周遊列國,來到陳國與蔡國之間,
因兵荒馬亂,旅途困頓,三餐以野菜果腹,大家已七日沒吃下一粒米飯。

有一天,顏回好不容易要到了一些白米,就下鍋煮飯,飯快煮熟時,
孔子看到顏回掀起鍋蓋,抓些白飯往嘴裡塞,孔子當時裝作沒看見,也不去責問。

飯煮好後,顏回就去請孔子進食,孔子假裝若有所思地說:
「我剛才夢到祖先來找我,我想把乾淨還沒人吃過的米飯,先拿來祭祖先吧!」

顏回頓時慌張起來說:「不可以的,這鍋飯我已先吃一口了,不可以祭祖先了。」

孔子問:為什麼?
顏回漲紅臉,囁囁地說: 「剛才在煮飯時,不小心掉了些染灰在鍋裡,
一些染灰的白飯,丟了太可惜,只好抓起來自己先吃了,我不是故意把飯吃了。」

孔子聽了,恍然大悟,對自己的觀察錯誤,反而愧疚,
抱歉地說:「我平常對顏回已經最信任,但仍然還會懷疑他,
可見我們內心是最難確定穩定的,內心的自我判斷,有時還會錯誤,
弟子們大家記下這件事,要瞭解一個人,還真是不容易啊! 」

所謂知人難,相知相惜更難。逢事必從上下、左右、前後各個角度來認識辨知,
我們主觀的瞭解觀察,只能說是片面,只是真相的千分之一,單一角度判斷,
是不能達到全方位的觀照的!

當你要對一個人下結論的時候 ,想想這個故事 ! 真的你所看到的才是事實嗎??
還是你只會從一個面 , 一個點  , 去觀察一個人呢 ??
大多數的人根本不了解對方的立場與困難的時候 , 就已經給了對方下評語了.
更何況是在有利益衝突下的場合,

現今的人們 擁有高學歷高知識,但往往卻過度仰賴高知識,而忘了讓自己在智慧上成長.

很多事信者恆信,不信者恆不信,要客觀地跳出成見,才有機會接近真象

共勉之~

Psalm 23

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Psalm 23 

You may have never thought nor looked at this Psalm in this way; even though you say it again and again.

The Lord is my Shepherd. That’s Relationship!

I shall not want. That’s Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. That’s Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters. That’s Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul. That’s Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness. That’s Guidance!

For His name sake. That’s Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,….That’s Testing!

I will fear no evil,… That’s Protection!

For Thou art with me. That’s Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. That’s Discipline!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies. That’s Hope!

Thou anointest my head with oil. That’s Consecration!

My cup runneth over. That’s Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. That’s Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord. That’s Security!
Forever. That’s Eternity!

Face it, the Lord and I think you are special. Send this to the people you think are special. I thought this was pretty special, just like YOU!!! What is most valuable, is not what we have in our lives; but WHO we have in ourlives.

God Bless you.

三條命

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

偉才‧

    ICQ#:若15:16。
    User:我的天父。
    Password:三條命。
    Contact list:亞當──人。

亞當:「爸爸,爸爸!你好嗎?」天父:「我兒,我當然好啦!」亞當:「我今天到了一所修道院去探訪那裡的修士。」

天父:「是嗎?」

亞當:「那裡有好幾位年長的修士,他們行動雖然有些不方便,但他們的面容散發

      著一種好特別的氣質;看見他們就好像看見天使一樣。」

天父:「我兒,你一定是很高興吧!」

亞當:「是的,你怎知道呢?那修道院環境優美,又可聽到鳥兒的歌聲。」

天父:「每當你開心時,你便會滔滔不絕地講話。」

亞當:「爸爸,你真了解我。」

天父:「繼續講多些我聽吧!」

亞當:「我還跟其中一位修士傾談。」

天父:「可以話我知那些內容嗎?」

亞當:「當然可以啦!爸爸同兒子沒有秘密。這修士個子不高,但樣貌很可愛,而

      且他嘴邊時時帶著微笑。他說自己有三條命。」

天父:「是嗎?三條命?」

亞當:「他說第一條命是你及他的父母給的,沒有這條命,他便不會在世上出現。」

天父:「真的,假如沒有我准許,他便不會出生。」

亞當:「我知呀!第二條命就是領洗加入教會做基督徒;他說自己家貧,沒有錢讀

      書。由於當年教會辦學不收他的學費,他才可以讀書,學習關於你的道理。

      他還說若沒有這生命,他便不知自己是誰。」

天父:「是的,我記得,時常都記得。」

亞當:「他說第三條命是成為一位修士,可以藉一種特別的生活方式去為你而生活

      。在起初也覺得有點困難,因為不清楚前路,也不大適應,不過,後來當越

      來越清楚這是你的旨意,他便非常高興而且很感激你給予他這條命。沒有這

      生命,他真不知怎樣活。」

天父:「是的,是我召叫了他。」

亞當:「但我並不明白,我問他為何要做一位修士。他說是因為你。是你叫他去以

      這種生活為你做見證。見證你臨在這世界上。」

天父:「不錯,一切都是我的安排,他也活得好好。」

亞當:「爸爸,那麼,我更不明白,假如一切都是你的安排,那我們豈不是像個木

      偶嗎?」

天父:「有些人確實生活得像個木偶。他們只是無奈地去執行其他人的指使。

亞當:「這和你的安排有什麼不同呢?」

天父:「生活是講意義的。我所希望的是人的回應,有意識地去生活(Action)而

      不只是反應(Reaction)。」

亞當:「我明白了,是你悉心安排了每個人的生活。」

天父:「回應我的召叫,我指那些修道人,不是件易事,但也不是不可能,因為不

      是你們揀選了我,而是我揀選了你們。」

亞當:「爸爸!」

天父:「什麼?」

亞當:「你的英文不錯呀!」

天父:「我兒!」

亞當:「爸爸!」

天父:「什麼?」

亞當:「你為我安排了什麼?」

天父:「你話呢?」

亞當:「我的爸爸,你為我所安排的一切都是為我好的。願你的名受顯揚,願你的

      國來臨,願你的旨意奉行在人間,如同在天上;求你今天賞給我日用的食糧,

      求你寬恕我的罪過,如同我寬恕別人一樣,不要讓我陷於誘惑,但救我免於

      凶惡。亞孟。」

天父:「我兒,我的愛兒!」

亞當:「爸爸,知道。」

    (亞當Disconnect;天父仍Online。)