Archive for September, 2009

默想(五) – 不為明天憂慮

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

有一條船由美國開到上海。在途中遇難,幸好及時被救,幾乎全部人被救起,只有十一人沉入海底....原因是:他們把大量黃金綁在自己身上.....他們選擇了擁有錢財,便喪失了生命!

生活聖言
耶穌說:「你們先該尋求天主的國和它的義德,這一切自會加給你們。所以你們不要為明天憂慮;因為明天有明天的憂慮;一天的苦足夠一天受的了。」(瑪6:33-34)

默想(四) – 忘我的精神

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

在第二次世界大戰時,在防空洞內有一人向一位修女要求與她換位,因為修女所站的地方比較安全。修女雖然也害怕被炸死,但本著基督的精神,她與那不想死的人換了位。誰知結果中了彈的是那愛惜生命者,而願意喪失生命者卻安全無恙。

生活聖言
愛惜自己性命的,必要喪失性命 (若12:25)

默想(三) – 拋開『我』

Monday, September 28th, 2009

弟子向師父說:『我來服侍您。』
師父回答說:『你若撇開《私我》的想法,自然就會去服務別人。』
你即使把所有產物分施窮人,焚燒自己的身體,心裏仍可能沒有一點愛。
(取自戴邁樂著的弦外之音)

生活聖言:
耶穌說:『不是健康的人需要醫生,而是有病的人。你們去研究一下:《我喜歡仁愛勝過祭獻》是什麼意思;我不是來召義人,而是來召罪人。』(瑪9:13)

聖保祿宗徒:『我若把我所有的財產全施捨了,我若捨身投火被焚,但我若沒有愛,為我毫無益處』(格前13:3)

默想(二) – 我是誰- 鹽孩

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

有一個鹽孩兒跋涉千里路,才來到大海邊。波濤起伏,前所未見,令他張目結舌。鹽孩兒對着海說:『你是誰!』海微笑着答說:『你來看呀!』
於是,小孩一步地邁向海裏,每跨一步,他就溶掉一些,到最後,完全被溶化,小孩驚喜地叫起來:『啊!我現在終於認識了我自己。』

生活聖言:聖詠一三九首

上主,你鑒察了我,也認清了我:我或坐或立,你全然認清了我,你由遠處已明徹我的思考。

我或行走或躺臥,你已先知,我的一切行動,你完全熟悉。的確,我的舌頭尚未發言,上主,看,你已經知悉周全。

你將我的前後包圍,用你的手將我蔭庇。這是超越我理智的奇事,也是我不能明白的妙理。

我往何處,才能脫離你的神能﹖我去那裏,才能逃避你的面容﹖我若上升於高天,你已在那裏,我若下降於陰府,你也在那裏。

我若飛往日出的東方,我若住在海洋的西方,你的雙手仍在那裏引導著我,你的右手還在那裏扶持著我。

我若說:願黑暗把我籠罩,光明變成黑暗將我圍包;但黑暗對你並不矇矓,黑夜與白晝一樣光明,黑暗對你無異光明。

你造成了我的五臟六腑,你在我母胎中締結了我。我讚美你,因我被造,驚奇神奧,你的工作,千奇萬妙!我的生命,你全知曉。

我何時在暗中構形,我何時在母胎造成,我的骨骸你全知情,我尚在母胎,你已親眼看見,世人的歲月尚未來到以前,都已全部記錄在冊表,都已全由你預先定好。

天主,你的策略,對我何其深奧!你策略的總數又是何其繁浩!我若去計數,而它們多於沙粒;設若數到底,我仍同你在一起。

天主,求你檢察我,洞知我的心曲;天主,求你考驗我,明悉我的思慮。求你察看我,我是否走入岐途,求你引導我邁向上永生的道路。

默想(一) – 接納真我

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

一位敬畏上主的女士患了重病,她懇切地祈求上主延長她的壽命。上主深受她的虔敬感動而答允她的請求。在她得嘗心願時,漸漸被世俗同化。一天她往美容外科接受整容手術。當她滿心歡喜地離開美容院,在過馬路時被車撞死了。她見到天主時便抱怨天主不守諾言。天主答說:「你是誰﹖」

生活聖言
上主天主呼喚亞當對他說:『你在那裏?』他答說:『我在樂園中聽到了你的聲音,就害怕起來,因為我赤身露體,遂躲藏了。』(創3:9-10)

辨別聖召的先決條件

Friday, September 25th, 2009
  • 清晰地知道自己的渴求 – 自己在找什麼?
  • 養成每天祈禱的習慣,並且渴慕祈禱,懂得聆聽上主的話語,才能與主建立密切關係。
  • 願意向主開放及交托自己的一切。
  • 有自我認知的能力,意識到在成長過程中,主如何藉着重要人物/事情塑造今天的自己。
  • 有敏銳的自我意識和自我反省習慣,才能察覺到自己與上主的交往和相遇的情懷。
  • 自我表達能力,並能認知自己感性的一面。

在辨別聖召的過程中:
1. 願意付出時間及恆心。
2. 願意養成每天祈禱的習慣。
3. 在祈禱中為自己的聖召祈禱,並求上主賜給真光和啓迪。
4. 恆心及重複做以下的練習:
– 定時做默想及寫下靈感和得着。
– 養成反省的習慣。
– 檢討自己工作態度、人際關係、與家人的共處是否融洽等等。
– 澄清生活中接收到的訊息、自己的反應/回應/情緒/動機等等。

5.   找一個神師作靈修指導。

6. 加入聖召委員會每月男/女青年祈禱聚會,可得到同行者的支持和鼓勵。

(以後幾天會提供一些默想資料給你作參考)

聖召是…做平信徒

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

司鐸聖召年系列 – 聖召是…做平信徒 (瑪六﹕卅三)

停一停…諗一諗……平信徒的聖召

我可能會想:

我只是一般的平信徒……怎會有甚麼特別的『聖召』可言……

我可會想:

「我是教友,頂大光榮,領洗以後,做耶穌兵」……平信徒是被徵召在這世界上,作耶穌的勇兵,像耶穌一樣關愛所有人,關心世上的一切,為讓世界變得更美好,為能更呈現天主創造天地之初的美麗,在此世奮勇作戰……

作為平信徒,我可會嘗試以耶穌的眼光去理解周遭發生的一切?在生活中,我如何學習像耶穌一樣,以天主的眼光去看待周遭的人和事,並以祂的心懷作出回應?

給在找生命方向的同路人

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

在母胎中,上主已召叫了我們(耶1:5;依43:1),
並為我們預備了生命的道路(依46:3-4)。
在我們生命的每一刻中,主不斷地藉着每天發生的事物,向我們送上衪這份誠意的邀請和指示,並全心引導我們邁向豐盛的生命。
我們必須以信德的眼晴,才可以明辨主給我們的訊息!

不要怕、只要信!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

聖經中的先知和宗徒都是收到上主的”Calling”才找到生命的路向!
他們立即的反應是:我不能!
* 耶肋米亞回應主說 – 他太年輕(耶1:6)!
* 依撒意亞推辭說 – 自己是個唇舌不潔的人(依6:5)!
* 伯多祿則說 – 他是個罪人(路5:8)。
朋友,當你收到主的邀請時,不要怕,請細心聆聽:
『有我的恩寵為你够了,因為我的德能在軟弱中纔會顯現出來。』(格後12:9)

你找到生命的方向嗎?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

生命是天主的化工,在生命旅途上,衪天天伴着我們一起走。
衪藉着在每天瑣碎事情、身邊走過的人向我們指示生命的方向和衪的旨意。
城市生活太繁囂了,當中的噪音使我們不能接收到主的急Call, 更不能聽到自己內心深處的渴求!
你願意靜下來,犧牲少許時間不看電視/DVD、不聽CD/MP3,與主交談嗎?
請聯絡:林玉仙修女 dvc@catholic.org.hk or 致電25221071 Ext.217

(司鐸年聖召年 – 默想系列)

司鐸年聖召年 – 聖召牧民研討會

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

司鐸年聖召年 - 聖召牧民研討會

THIS WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

AFTER A FEW OF THE USUAL SUNDAY EVENING HYMNS,

THE CHURCH’S PASTOR SLOWLY STOOD UP,

WALKED OVER TO THE PULPIT AND,

BEFORE HE GAVE HIS SERMON FOR THE EVENING,

HE BRIEFLY INTRODUCED A GUEST MINISTER

WHO WAS IN THE SERVICE THAT EVENING.

IN THE INTRODUCTION, THE PASTOR TOLD THE

CONGREGATION THAT THE GUEST MINISTER WAS

ONE OF HIS DEAREST CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND

THAT HE WANTED HIM TO HAVE A FEW MOMENTS

TO GREET THE CHURCH AND SHARE WHATEVER

HE FELT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE SERVICE..

WITH THAT, AN ELDERLY MAN STEPPED UP TO THE

PULPIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK.

‘A FATHER, HIS SON, AND A FRIEND OF HIS SON WERE

SAILING OFF THE PACIFIC COAST ,’ HE BEGAN.

‘WHEN A FAST APPROACHING STORM BLOCKED ANY

ATTEMPT TO GET BACK TO THE SHORE.

THE WAVES WERE SO HIGH, THAT EVEN THOUGH THE

FATHER WAS AN EXPERIENCED SAILOR, HE COULD NOT

KEEP THE BOAT UPRIGHT AND THE THREE WERE SWEPT

INTO THE OCEAN AS THE BOAT CAPSIZED.’

THE OLD MAN HESITATED FOR A MOMENT,

MAKING EYE CONTACT WITH TWO TEENAGERS WHO WERE,

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE SERVICE BEGAN,

LOOKING SOMEWHAT INTERESTED IN HIS STORY.

THE AGED MINISTER CONTINUED WITH HIS STORY,

‘GRABBING A RESCUE LINE, THE FATHER HAD TO MAKE THE

MOST EXCRUCIATING DECISION OF HIS LIFE: TO WHICH BOY

WOULD HE THROW THE OTHER END OF THE LIFE LINE.

HE ONLY HAD SECONDS TO MAKE THE DECISION.

THE FATHER KNEW THAT HIS SON WAS A CHRISTIAN AND

HE, ALSO, KNEW THAT HIS SON’S FRIEND WAS NOT.

THE AGONY OF HIS DECISION COULD NOT BE MATCHED BY

THE TORRENT OF WAVES.

AS THE FATHER YELLED OUT, ‘I LOVE YOU, SON!’

HE THREW OUT THE LIFE LINE TO HIS SON’S FRIEND.

BY THE TIME THE FATHER HAD PULLED THE FRIEND BACK

TO THE CAPSIZED BOAT, HIS SON HAD DISAPPEARED BENEATH

THE RAGING SWELLS INTO THE BLACK OF NIGHT.

HIS BODY WAS NEVER RECOVERED.

BY THIS TIME, THE TWO TEENAGERS WERE SITTING UP

STRAIGHT IN THE PEW, ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR THE NEXT

WORDS TO COME OUT OF THE OLD MINISTER’S MOUTH.

‘THE FATHER,’ HE CONTINUED, ‘KNEW HIS SON WOULD

STEP INTO ETERNITY WITH JESUS AND HE COULD NOT

BEAR THE THOUGHT OF HIS SON’S FRIEND STEPPING INTO

AN ETERNITY WITHOUT JESUS.. THEREFORE, HE SACRIFICED

HIS SON TO SAVE THE SON’S FRIEND.

HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT HE SHOULD DO THE

SAME FOR US.. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SACRIFICED HIS ONLY

BEGOTTEN SON THAT WE COULD BE SAVED. I URGE YOU TO

ACCEPT HIS OFFER TO RESCUE YOU AND TAKE A HOLD OF THE

LIFE LINE HE IS THROWING OUT TO YOU IN THIS SERVICE.’

WITH THAT, THE OLD MAN TURNED AND SAT BACK DOWN IN

HIS CHAIR AS SILENCE FILLED THE ROOM.

THE PASTOR AGAIN WALKED SLOWLY TO THE PULPIT AND

DELIVERED A BRIEF SERMON WITH AN INVITATION AT THE

END. HOWEVER, NO ONE RESPONDED TO THE APPEAL.

WITHIN MINUTES AFTER THE SERVICE ENDED, THE TWO

TEENAGERS WERE AT THE OLD MAN’S SIDE.

‘THAT WAS A NICE STORY,’ POLITELY STATED ONE OF

THEM,’BUT I DON’T THINK IT WAS VERY REALISTIC FOR A

FATHER TO GIVE UP HIS ONLY SON’S LIFE IN HOPES THAT

THE OTHER BOY WOULD BECOME A CHRISTIAN..’

‘WELL, YOU’VE GOT A POINT THERE,’ THE OLD MAN REPLIED,

GLANCING DOWN AT HIS WORN BIBLE. A BIG SMILE BROADENED

HIS NARROW FACE. HE ONCE AGAIN LOOKED UP AT THE BOYS

AND SAID, ‘IT SURE ISN’T VERY REALISTIC, IS IT? BUT,

I’M STANDING HERE TODAY TO TELL YOU THAT STORY GIVES

ME A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE FOR GOD

TO GIVE UP HIS SON FOR ME.

YOU SEE…

I WAS THAT FATHER AND YOUR PASTOR IS MY SON’S FRIEND.’

Pennies

Friday, September 11th, 2009

You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I’ve ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband’s employer’s home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband’s employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely..

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.

He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.
Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts

Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny.

He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.

A smile crept across the man’s face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?

‘Look at it.’ He said. ‘Read what it says.’ She read the words ‘ United States of America ‘

‘No, not that; read further.’
‘One cent?’

No, keep reading.’
‘In God we Trust?’ ‘Yes!’

‘And?’

‘And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him..

For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God’s way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me , God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change.

I read the words, ‘In God We Trust,’ and had to laugh Yes, God, I get the message.

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful!

And, God is patient..

The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given

That’s the whole gospel message simply stated.

Take 60 seconds give this a shot! Let’s just see if Satan stops this one.

All you do is –

1. Simply say a small prayer for the person who sent you this, (Father God bless this person in whatever it is that you know he or she may be needing this day.)
2. Then send it on to five other people. Within hours five people have prayed for you, and you caused a multitude of people to pray to God for other people ….

Thought for the Day:

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

He sends you flowers every spring.

He sends you a sunrise every morning Face it, friend – He is crazy about you!

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

聖召活動 (2009年8月30日)

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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司鐸年聖召年 – 與父母真情對話

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009