Archive for April, 2009

If you never…

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

If  you never felt pain, Then how would you know that I am a  Healer?

If  you never had to pray, How would you know that I am a  Deliverer?

If  you never had a trial, How could you call yourself an  overcomer?

If  you never felt sadness, How would you know that I am a  Comforter?

If  you never made a mistake, How would you know that I am a  forgiver?

If  you knew all, How would you know that I will answer your  questions?

If  you never were in trouble, How would you know that I will come  to your rescue?

If  you never were broken, Then how would you know that I can make  you whole?

If  you never had a problem, How would you know that I can solve  them?

If  you never had any suffering, Then how would you know what I  went through?

If  you never went through the fire, Then how would you become  pure?

If  I gave you all things, How would you appreciate  them?

If  I never corrected you, How would you know that I love you?

If  you had all power, Then how would you learn to depend on me?

If  your life was perfect, Then what would you need me  for?

A Reason, A Season, or A Lifetime…

Monday, April 27th, 2009

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person..
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support.

To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
This person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on..

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,
Things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson,
Love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life,
Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

I wonder what mine will be.

HEAVEN’S GROCERY STORE

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago.Sign that says Heaven’s Grocery Store.

One day I saw a sign that read, “Heaven’s Grocery Store”.
As I got a little closer the door came open wide,
and when I came to myself I was standing inside.
I saw a host of Angels, they were standing everywhere.
One handed me a blanket and said, “My Child shop with care”.
Everything a Christian needs is in that grocery store,
and all you can’t carry, come back the next day for more.

First, I got some Patience, Love was in the same row.
Further down was Understanding, needed everywhere you go.
I got a box or two of Wisdom, a bag or two of Faith,
I just couldn’t miss the Holy Ghost, it was all over the place.
I stopped to get some Strength and Courage to help me run this race,
but then my blanket was getting full, and I remembered I needed Grace.

I didn’t forget Salvation, which like the others was free,Shopping cart
so I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.
Then I started to the counter to pay my grocery bill,
for I thought I had everything to do my master’s will.
As I went up the aisle, I saw Prayer and had to put it in,
for I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.
Peace and Joy were plentiful, they were on the last shelf.
Song and Praises were hanging near, so I just helped myself.

Then I said to the Angel, “How much do I owe”?
The Angel smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go.”
Again, I politely asked “How much do I really owe?”
The Angel smiled again and said, “My Child, Jesus Paid Your Bill A Long Time Ago.”

Ron DeMarco & Friend

人生都在學做人

Monday, April 20th, 2009

星雲大師有一位徒弟,台大畢業後,到夏威夷讀碩士, 又到耶魯讀博士,花了好多年的時間,終於得到博士,非常歡喜。

有一天他回來,對星雲說:「師父,我現在得到博士學位了,以後要再學習什麼呢?」
星雲說:「學習做人。」
學習做人是一輩子的事,沒有辦法畢業的。星雲覺得人生,不管是士農工商、各種人等,只要學習就有進步,今天要跟大家分享需要學習的事。

第一、「學習認錯」。
人常常不肯認錯,凡事都說是別人的錯,認為自己才是對的,其實不認錯就是一個錯。
認錯的對象可以是父母、朋友、社會大眾、佛祖,甚至向兒女或是對我不好的人認錯,自己不但不會少了什麼,反而顯得你有度量。
學習認錯是美好的,是一個大修行。

第二、「學習柔和」。
人的牙齒是硬的,舌頭是軟的,到了人生的最後,牙齒都掉光了,舌頭卻不會掉,所以要柔軟,人生才能長久,硬反而吃虧。心地柔軟了,是修行最大的進步。
一般形容執著的人說,你的心、你的性格很冷、很硬,像鋼鐵一樣。如果我們像禪門說的調息、調身、調心,慢慢調伏像野馬、像猴子的這顆心,令它柔軟,人生才能活得更快樂、更長久。

第三、「學習生忍」。
這世間就是忍一口氣,風平浪靜,退一步海闊天空;忍,萬事都能消除。忍就是會處理、 會化解,用智慧、能力讓大事化小、小事化無。
各位要生活、要生存、要生命,有了忍,可以認清世間的好壞、善惡、是非,甚至接受它。

第四、「學習溝通」。
缺乏溝通,就會產生是非、爭執與誤會。
現在中國大陸、香港和台灣,兩岸三地最重要的就是溝通,相互了解、相互體諒、相互幫助,大家都是龍兄虎弟,互相爭執、不溝通怎麼能和平呢?

第五、「學習放下」。
人生像一只皮箱,需要用的時候提起,不用的時就把它放下,應放下的時候,卻不放下,就像拖著沉重的行李,無法自在。
人生的歲月有限,認錯、尊重、包容才能讓人接受,放下才自在啊!

第六、「學習感動」。
我們看到人家得好處,要歡喜;看到好人好事,要能感動。
感動是一個愛心、菩薩心、菩提心,在我幾十年的歲月裡,有許多事情、語言感動了我,所以我也很努力的想辦法讓別人感動。

第七、「學習生存」。
為了生存,我要維護身體健康,身體健康不但對自己有利,也讓朋友、家人放心,所以也是孝親的行為。

~~~祝好友共勉之~~~~

Happy Easter

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

架上七言

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

《架上七言之一》

路二三34

耶穌說:「父阿,寬恕他們吧!因為他們不知道他們做的是什麼。」

「彼此寬恕」是基督徒最根本的召叫之一,但每個人都經驗到,實踐上極為困難。對於無心之過,一般人大概還不難釋懷;寬恕他人最大的障礙,大概是認定對方是刻意地傷害,這種情況也的確是屢見不鮮。

來到聖地,在加爾瓦略山上讀到耶穌為傷害祂的人祈禱的經文,特別讓我感動與震撼。釘死耶穌的人,不論是直接行刑者或是一旁鼓譟者,當然都是大罪人,也知道他們要釘死耶穌。然而耶穌向天父祈禱:「父阿,寬恕他們吧!因為他們不知道他們做的是什麼。」宗徒大事錄也記載伯多祿在聖殿向百姓宣講說:「弟兄們!我知道你們所行的,是出於無知;你們的首領也是如此。」(宗三17)

耶穌為百姓祈禱時有如在為他們辯護:「父阿,寬恕他們吧!因為他們不知道他們做的是什麼。」 難道耶穌不知道人們是刻意殺害祂嗎?祂當然知道,祂的祈禱說明百姓的判斷力不佳,他們固然釘死了祂,但並不知道耶穌真正的身份,反誤以為祂是僭稱天主者, 煽惑民眾者。人為什麼失去了根本的判斷能力呢?聖經教導的救恩史給我們清楚的啟示:因為人從一開始就遭受魔鬼綑綁,生活在罪惡奴役之中,失去超性恩寵也就 失去了根本的判斷力,無法認識天主。

在加爾瓦略山默想在此地發生的事件,使人明白魔鬼的兇狠,以及罪惡的可怕;但更讓人領悟耶穌生命的啟示,發現祂痛恨罪惡,卻甘願捨命拯救罪人。耶穌的榜樣 使我們明白,傷害我們的人都是出於「無知」,意思是他們的人性由於罪惡而受到嚴重的傷害,失去認識真理的能力。所以傷害人的人其實是弱者,是罪惡的奴隸, 需要被拯救與釋放。

所以,耶穌祈求天父寬恕釘死祂的人:「父阿!寬恕他們吧!」這個禱聲優美動人,充滿著溫柔、仁愛、安詳。耶穌不僅是口頭教導愛仇的思想,而更是以身作則給 我們立下美好榜樣。誰還能在這個祈禱中加入更多溫情,更多愛心?誰聽到這個禱聲,能不立即去熱情地擁抱他的仇人呢?

我們既然擁有美好的基督徒名號,就該真正以耶穌基督為師傅,遵照祂的榜樣生活,認清罪惡與罪人的根本區別,痛絕罪惡,卻必須善待罪人。四旬期是我們努力學習效法耶穌,寬恕得罪我們的人的最佳時機。

《架上七言之二》

路二三43

今天你就要與我一同在樂園裡。

這是一句有力的許諾和安慰,怎樣的犯人,能讓耶穌說出這臨終有力的一句話?

當耶穌承受十字架苦刑時,在髑髏之地每位發言者的話反映了一般俗世的價值觀。當時有羅馬士兵、以及觀望的民眾、和被釘在十字架上三個人物:耶穌在中間,兩 旁是犯罪的兇犯。兵士們戲弄的話表達他們對救世主的期待:現在最好展現吸引人的奇蹟魅力,來個大反撲,為自己逃脫厄運。沈默的民眾常常是被動的觀望、附和 者。第一個說話的兇犯以侮辱的話反問耶穌:你若是默西亞,怎沒能力救自己也救同樣被釘的人呢!這些話,讓人想起耶穌在荒野中,並沒有聽從魔鬼的利誘把石頭 變為餅。第二個說話的犯人表達他獨特的見解:承認自己的罪行,被釘是罪有應得,肯定耶穌是救世主,期望在將來耶穌為王的國度,能得到主基督的眷顧;他雖是 被釘即將進入死亡的人,因為相信耶穌,堪得主耶穌的預許而獲得永生。

主耶穌面對人生的苦難時,沒有從中抽身,反而更深地經歷苦難,成為支持其他受苦之人的力量。出於生命的主宰的一句話,使瀕臨死亡邊緣的人,超越對死亡的懼怕,使害怕孱弱者獲得向上尋求光明的勇氣。人若相信祂是主,紀念祂,祂也紀念人。

《架上七言之三》

若十九25-27

在耶穌的十字架旁,站著他的母親和他母親的姊妹,還有克羅帕的妻子瑪利亞和瑪利亞瑪達肋納。耶穌看見母親,又看見他所愛的門徒站在旁邊,就對母親說:女人,看,你的兒子!」然後又對那門徒說:看,你的母親!」就從那時起,那門徒把她接到自己家裏。

十字架旁的一邊站著四位婦女,耶穌的母親瑪莉亞和她的姐妹,以及克羅帕的妻子與瑪利亞瑪達肋納;另一邊則是主愛的門徒。圍繞在十字架下的正是耶穌最親信的親友。

一個團體在十字架下開始萌生。因著相信耶穌基督,奉行天主的旨意,信友間可以彼此稱呼「弟兄」或「姐妹」,成為耶穌的親屬、成為一家人(參閱谷三34-35)。

社會上很多團體都是靠排外的意識型態而建立。許多人不問是非黑白,只問立場是否與自己相同,有人就因此被逐出團體。

我們基督徒團體卻不該效法這個世界,做基督徒就要體認到我們的家(教會)誕生在十字架下。

這個家非但不可以有人被逐出家門,而且還要擴充,發揮「老吾老以及人之老,幼吾幼以及人之幼」精神。當耶穌對瑪利亞說:「看,你的兒子!」,對門徒說:「看,你的母親!」,提醒我們要和全人類稱兄道弟,成為家人。基督徒的愛要超越各種限制、膚色、種族、政黨、國家、理念、宗教、信仰……,因為我們都是出自同一個根源—天主父。

《架上七言之四》

「我的天主,我的天主,你為何捨棄了我」

主耶穌在十字架上的呼喊(谷十五34)表達了內心極度深沈的孤單與痛苦。當年梅瑟帶領以色列民出離埃及,不可能不知前方一路的荊棘向他展開,他承應了天主的選召,也一併領受那份透涼的孤寂。做大事不難,建立一個國家也不難;但要帶領一群悖逆的子民,轉向、朝拜天主,豈只難如登天?

主耶穌甘心步上十架苦路,他所面對的不只的身體的難受,還有心裡上那種分離的哀傷、被撇棄的痛楚,天主的沈默,就好像認同了這樣的判刑。他做任何事都有天主的神與他同在,他的宣講也莫不帶有聖神的能力。為何在這十架苦路上,他要獨自承受?「我的天主,我的天主,你為何捨棄了我?」儘管如此,他沒有從十字架上掙脫出來,反而投入一種難以言喻、無法想像的黑暗中,那種黑暗是看不見天主的黑暗。

最黑暗的時刻就是那黎明到來前的黑暗。耶穌雖在極度痛苦中呼喊,仍不失盼望,因為他至始至終都深信天主是最終的保護與拯救。

《架上七言之五》

若十九28

『我渴』

若望福音開始,記載耶穌向撒瑪黎雅婦人說:「請給我點水喝」(若四7),福音即將結束前,十字架上的耶穌向人說:「我渴」。

一般而言,是人不斷的向天主祈求,求祂保佑、求祂賞賜,卻忽略耶穌也曾向人施捨些東西給祂;又或者認為要很努力很努力,才能獲得天主的恩寵;但,天主在我們尚未轉向祂時,祂已走向我們,祂的恩寵是白白的賞賜,人需要做的,是接受,是給自己有的。

德雷莎修女在印度乞兒伸手乞討時,她看到十字架上的耶穌,向她說:「我渴」,她聽到了,且有了行動,她從一點點開始,最後的果實竟撼動了世界。仔細聆聽生活中的渴望,耶穌要的不多,當我開始給,天主將賞賜永生的水泉。

《架上七言之六》

若十九30

完成了

「完成了」意思是「完全了」,不是一切結束了,這是一個勝利的歡呼,更清楚說是「一切都圓滿了」。

十字架上的耶穌向人要水喝,旁邊有個盛滿了醋的器皿,有人(應該是士兵)便將海綿浸滿了醋,綁在長槍上,送到他的口邊,耶穌一嚐了那醋,便說:『完成了』,耶穌接受了,祂的愛也圓滿了。士兵把僅有的給了耶穌,就像增餅奇蹟中,兒童拿出五個餅兩條魚,耶穌接受了,就讓五千人吃飽了。有時我們覺得自己沒有什麼可以給,拿出能給的、僅有的,就夠了。

圓滿的愛是接受對方本來的樣子。許多人渴望圓滿的愛,其實是「想要完美」,終究發現,事實不是如此,永遠嫌自己胖的女生,用盡辦法瘦身,有時卻賠上自己健康;夢想浪漫愛情的情人,當愛情熱度褪去,發現原來彼此還是有不少缺點,似乎永遠遇不到Mr. rightMs. Right。如果,我可以滿懷感恩的接受自己的樣子,接受每一人獨特唯一的樣子,我們的愛就會邁向圓滿。

耶穌降生成人,完成地上的使命後,交付靈魂(給出了聖神),十字架上顯示的就是一份圓滿的愛,只要我們願意去愛,即使愛得有限,即使愛得軟弱,許多事可以完成,天主圓滿的愛就在這愛中建造祂的家。就如聖奧斯定曾說:「你開始愛了嗎?天主就居住在你內。」

《架上七言之七》

路二三46

「父啊!我把我的靈魂交托在你手中」

這句話的出處來自聖詠三一6,描述達味在面臨大難時,祈求天主保護自己免於死亡,把自己交托給祂。

耶穌基督被釘在十字架上的最後時刻,正值中午時分,當時風雲變色,一片黑暗,耶穌說出這最後一句話,祂吐出最後一口氣,為罪人的得救自願地、完全地交付自 己的靈魂,為獻給天父:獻上屬於人性的理智、意願、情感;他原是從天父而來,屬於天父,現在回到天父那裡去。

大部分的人面臨死亡時,表現出極大的恐懼、害怕,因為人總是期待一切事情的狀況能掌控在自己手中,才算安全。人越是害怕,越不敢冒險地交出自己,結果總是 惡性循環,外在看來掌握了成就、愛情、權力,內在其實從沒得到過真正的平安。人類原祖亞當厄娃想擁有像天主一般的智慧偷吃禁果,反而喪失起初的平安,結果 是死亡與天主隔絕;新亞當—耶穌順服天主的旨意,為全人類的救恩交付出一切,使我們得到永遠的生命、平安。天主子耶穌基督如此為全人類交付出靈魂,信仰祂 的人願意交付出自己的最愛、最捨不得的給天主嗎?

基督出死入生的生命歷程為信仰基督的人是一個確實的保證:因為基督是教會奧體的頭,基督如何交付生命、領受生命,信仰祂的人也同樣地交付和領受。

(資料來源: 思高讀經推廣中心 電子報)

Holy Land

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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小何的祈禱

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

主日在聖堂,小何告訴我,她的表弟回父家了﹗

猶記得上個主日,小何跟我分享了她向主的祈禱。

小何心裏仍是不願意天主就這様將她的表弟收回,她不停在想應怎様去求主。她想起了信德之父亞巴郎的經歷。

就向父祈求說﹕主啊,現在姑媽已經將她的愛子放在祭壇上奉獻給祢祢可否如對待亞巴郎一様到最後告訴我們不會收回讓姑媽以一隻羊作代替表弟作祭品

過了兩天,小何在陪伴大姑媽時,說起這件事。大姑媽跟她說,其實這是姑媽願意的。

原來,早在幾年前,小何的姑媽在外地避靜,祈禱時,心中像是有把聲音在問她﹕

「若我把您身邊最珍貴的收回,您會否願意奉獻給我?」

小何的姑媽答說﹕「我願意﹗」

避靜回來後,姑媽向大姑媽分享了這件事。

大姑媽對小何說,其實姑媽當初知道兒子的病時,冷靜下來,她也醒起了那次的祈禱,心明白也願意。只是沒有向您們說而已。聽後,小何醒悟過來,心突然感到很平安。

得着平安的心,她的心眼也開了。去探望表弟時,看到表弟早也接受了將要離世的事實,而且已請神父為他施行了臨終傅油,也每天唸經,好準備自己的靈魂。

那天表弟跟父母說,對不起,因為自己一直都只顧事業和享樂,沒有好好的孝順過他們,請求父母的寬恕。也反思自己一生中,只曉得為事業,為享樂而忙碌;也從未曾好好的去認識天主。

今天主日的讀經,恰正是﹕

亜巴郎從命獻子 (22:1~18)

亞巴郎答說﹕「我兒﹗天主自會照料作全燔祭的羔羊。」

直到今日人還說﹕「在山上,上主自會照料。」

福音中(9:2~10),天父說﹕「這是我的愛子,你們要聽從他﹗」

小何,您已聽到了吧﹗

British Airways

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

This took place on a BA (British Airways) flight between Johannesburg and London. A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air Hostess.

“Madam, what is the matter,” the hostess asked.

“You obviously do not see it then?” she responded. “You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.”

“Be calm please,” the hostess replied. “Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available.

The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. “Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the Economy class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the business class. All the same, we still have one place in the first class.”

Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued:

“It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sit in the first class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting.”

She turned to the black man, and said, “Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in first class.”

At that moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded.

Life’s Lesson – Love

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.”
“Is the man of the house home?”, they asked.
“No”, she replied. “He’s out.”
“Then we cannot come in”, they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.

“Go tell them I am home and invite them in!”

The woman went out and invited the men in”
“We do not go into a House together,” they replied.

“Why is that?” she asked.

One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.” Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. “How nice!!”, he said. “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!”

His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?”

Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!”

“Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife.

“Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”

The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.”

Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other 2 also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: “I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?”

The old men replied together: “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!!!!!!”

MY WISH FOR YOU…

Where there is pain, I wish you peace and mercy

Where there is self-doubting, I wish you a renewed confidence in your ability to work through it

Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I wish you understanding, patience, and renewed strength

Where there is fear, I wish you love, and courage