Archive for November, 2009

The Devil & the Duck (I’M IN THE 93%)

Monday, November 30th, 2009

He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods.

He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target.

Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner.

As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck.

Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved!

In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his Sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day Grandma said, ‘Sally, let’s wash the dishes’

But Sally said, ‘Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.’

Then she whispered to him, “Remember the duck?’

So Johnny did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, ‘I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.’

Sally just smiled and said, ‘well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help?

She whispered again, ‘Remember the duck?’ So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s; he finally couldn’t stand it any longer.

He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.

Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, ‘Sweetheart, I know. Yo u see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.’

Thought for the day and every day thereafter:

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done… And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)…whatever it is… Yo u need to know that:
God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing.

He has seen your whole life… He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.

The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness; He not only forgives you, but He forgets.

It is by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved.

Go ahead and make the difference in someone’s life today.

Share this with a friend and always remember:

God is at the window!

When Jesus died on the cross; he was thinking of you!

If you are one of the 93 % who will stand up for him

Share this with the title, ‘I’m in the 93%’.

Quiet Time

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Be  Still
The instructions are to pick four people that
You want God to  bless.
I pick you.

Please pass this to at least four people you  want
To pray for and a copy back to me.

This prayer is powerful, and   prayer is one of the best gifts we receive.
There is no cost but a lot of  rewards.
Let’s always pray for one another.
The  prayer:

Father,
Thank You for each and every day You have blessed  us here on earth.
Thank You for Your tender mercies..
Thank You for giving  us friends and family to share these Internet joys with.
I ask You to bless  my friends, relatives and those I care deeply for who are    reading this right  now.

Where there is joy, give them continued joy,
Where there is pain,  give them your peace and mercy.

Where there is self-doubt, release a  renewed confidence.
Where there is need, fulfil their needs.

Bless  their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings

In Jesus’  name Amen.

The Son

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

This is great, take a moment to read it, it will make your day!
The ending will surprise you.

Take my Son

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas,

There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands…

He said, ‘Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly… He often talked about you, and your love for art.’ The young man held out this package. ‘I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.’

The father

Opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. ‘Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.’

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son… The auctioneer pounded his gavel. ‘We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?’

There was silence…

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, ‘We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.’

But the auctioneer persisted. ‘Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?’

Another voice angrily. ‘We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh’S, the Rembrandt’s. Get on with the
Real bids!’

But still the auctioneer continued. ‘The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?’

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. ‘I’ll give $10 for the painting…’ Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

‘We have $10, who will bid $20?’

‘Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.’

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son.

They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. ‘Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!’

A man sitting on the second row shouted, ‘Now let’s get on with the collection!’

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. ‘I’m sorry, the auction is over.’

‘What about the paintings?’

‘I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will… I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time.. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.

The man who took the son gets everything!’

God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: ‘The son, the son, who’ll take the son?’

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE…THAT’S LOVE

Noah’s Ark

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark .
ONE: Don’t miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat!
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
FOUR: Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

Amazing Grace

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

動心等四篇短文分享

Monday, November 16th, 2009

動心

著名的哲學家方東美博士,平生喜愛游泳。
有一次在游泳時,忽然身子往水底下沉

在求生的本能下,他拼命的掙扎。但是愈掙扎,愈是往下沉,眼看著即將遭到滅頂。

這時他平靜一想:「我是個哲學家,對於生死應該看開才是,如此求生怕死的樣子太難看了,一個哲學家,死也要死得灑脫一點啊!」
如此一想,心情輕鬆許多,四肢也自然放輕鬆,結果反倒浮出水面而生還。
所以,不動心是一種力量,不動心是一種至高的修行境界。
修行不但要能不為外境動心,同時更要不時的返觀自照。
有一則故事說:有一隻烏鴉,從一個地方飛往另一個地方。
途中遇到喜鵲,喜鵲問牠:「烏鴉!你為甚麼要飛到另外的地方去呢?」
烏鴉回答說:「那個地方的人很討厭,他們都常常批評我、誹謗我,嫌我的聲音不好聽。我不要在這裡了,我要換一個地方。」
喜鵲聽了就說:「烏鴉!你不必飛到另外的地方去,你還是回到原來的地方吧!如果你的聲音不改,即使你飛到天涯海角,天下的人都不會喜歡你的。」
所以,我們不要怨恨別人待我們不好,也不要怨恨環境如何惡劣,最重要的,我們自己要能夠處理環境,改變環境,不要自己在環境裡迷失了自己……

紀念德蕾莎修女

Friday, November 13th, 2009

A mass in Mtoni, Tanzania 3

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

聖召是…做傳教士

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

羅十: 九-十八

停一停…諗一諗……傳教士的聖召

我可能會想:

向人傳教,宣揚福音,感到尷尬、唐突……

離鄉別井,到遠方傳教,實在太偉大了,我無可能做到的……

我可會想:

自小已有的信仰,並非垂手可得……信仰的傳承是透過歷代慷慨的傳教士,以忘我精神和無私大愛延續下來。我如何效法他們,讓更多人在我身上認識耶穌基督?

聖召書簽

Monday, November 9th, 2009

本來一無所有,竟成一無所缺

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

非洲之旅感謝天主,賜給了我一份恩寵,讓我在一次機緣巧合,偶然得知道李志源神父與曾經被派往非洲坦桑尼亞傳教三年的甘寶維神父正在籌備「非洲傳教體驗之旅」。而我亦不想錯失這難得的機會,只作了短時間的考慮,便決定報名參加了。出發前,每當想到有機會可以踏足,以前從沒想過可以到的非洲的時候,那種興奮、緊張、期待的心情便不斷地湧現。

兩星期的旅程中,我們在坦桑尼亞的Dar es Salaam探訪了患病的教友;到了東非第一個傳教站Bagamoyo朝聖,為已亡的傳教士祈禱及感謝他們的偉大貢獻;也到了甘神父曾服務過三年的Mtoni堂區探訪主日學及參加主日感恩祭。在肯亞的Nairobi,現正在非洲服務的唯一一位香港傳教士陳倩盈姊妹也為我們作嚮導,她帶我們到了全非洲最大,約有一百萬名貧民居住的貧民區Kibera探訪;也安排我們探訪了正在當地服務的瑪利諾修會神父,體驗他們的傳教工作及往他們的修院相聚,並共享了豐富的晚餐;也探訪了一位曾經在香港傳教,現正在非洲服務的魁北克外方傳教會傳教士Fr Richard;探訪當地的主教座堂,參加主日感恩祭,及為主日學的小朋友表演雜技及魔術;最後也到了陳倩盈姊妹工作的中學,探訪及與中學生交流。除了探訪及體驗之外,當中也有三日「假期」到了曠野,一起感受天主創造萬物的奇妙,也讓我化身為以色列子民,親身經歷到他們在逃離埃及時,在那萬里無人,不時有兇猛野獸出沒的曠野中,所產生的那種無形而又極度恐懼的感覺。

感謝天主,讓我意識到「我本來一無所有,竟成一無所缺。」,在探訪兩地的貧民區時,看見貪民無可選擇地,被迫生活在衛生情況十分惡劣,臭氣薰天,已變成了傳染病溫床的環境,使到他們時常都感染到傳染病,甚至面對死亡的威脅;亦探訪了一位獨居青年,本來他是與父母及三位哥哥同住,但他們都因為重病而相繼離世,好在在傳教士的協助下,使到那青年得到援助及關心,也讓他有機會上學讀書,而他亦以積極的態度來回應,雖然那裡連基本的水電供應也十分短缺,只能靠微弱的燈光照明,但他也要挑燈夜讀,努力學習,原因是他深深相信,只有以這樣的態度,才能有機會賺取金錢,才可以成功脫離貧民區;從此可感受到,生活在充滿希望的香港,是多麼的幸福,那又何需再自怨自艾呢!另外,一位瑪利諾修會神父也帶我們探望一名病重的人,神父雖已年越古稀,但他也可以敏捷的腳步,穿越那崎嶇不平,佈滿垃圾的路去探望;他向那病人慰問後,也帶領我們祈禱,看見神父不辭勞苦地將天主的愛帶給那病人,看見那病人也為之而動容時,我也被深深的感動了。除此之外,我們在非洲每次參加感恩祭,那班主日學小朋友及歌詠團都載歌載舞;在肯亞探訪貧民區,沿途都有小朋友向我們說「How are you ?」;在坦桑尼亞探訪病人,因為他們相信探訪就是等於祝福,所以,即使病重也要親臨接待我們;這種種的,都顯示了非洲人那種熱愛歌舞,熱情好客的特質,也令我們都有賓至如歸的感覺。

這次旅程讓我眼界大開也豐富了我的生命;感謝天主每天也在我內心,讓我更有使命將祢的愛傳給「最小的兄弟姊妹」;感謝甘神父及李神父的帶領;再感謝一班對傳教事業作出了偉大貢獻,將天主的愛帶到世界每一個角落的傳教士。

Tumsifu Yesu Kristu 我們讚美耶穌基督

Rick

當我說是基督徒時

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
Prayer 當我說我是基督徒
我並不是在叫喊著「我是得救的」 Screamer
而是在低聲的說「我曾經迷失過Crying, 所以我選擇了這條路 Bible 1
Prayer 當我說我是基督徒
並不是因為我覺得比你高一等 Ummm
而是承認我一直在蹣跚而行 Drunk Walk
所以我需要一位生命中的嚮導 Street Light
Prayer 當我說我是基督徒
我並不是在顯示自己很強壯 Tai Chi
而是在承認自己的軟弱 Sickly
並禱告尋求繼續前進的力量 Moon Walk
Prayer 當我說我是基督徒
我並不是在吹噓我的成功 #1 Trophy
而是在承認自己的失敗 Apology
並且沒有能力償還所背負的債 Sobbing
Prayer 當我說我是基督徒
我並不是在自我宣稱我是完美的 Thumbs Up
而是讓你看到我生命中的瑕疵是這麼的明顯 Bravo!
但主相信我是有價值的 Yes!
Prayer 當我說我是基督徒
我還是會感到痛如針剌 Ouch
但我有主來分擔我的心痛 Scared To Death 2
所以我會繼續尋求祂的名

Prayer 當我說我是基督徒
我並不是在評價你 No No No
因為我沒有那樣的權柄
我只知道我是被愛著的Bouncing Heart