Archive for January, 2010

SPECIAL GROCERY LIST

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store.

She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries.

She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.

John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store at once.

Visualizing the family needs, she said: ‘Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.’

John told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge account at his store..

Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, ‘Do you have a grocery list?’

Louise replied, ‘Yes sir.’ ‘O.K’ he said, ‘put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries..’

Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.

The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down.

The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, ‘I can’t believe it.’

The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more.

The grocer stood there in utter disgust.. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement.

It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said:

‘Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.’

The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence.

Louise thanked him and left the store…. The other customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said; ‘It was worth every penny of it. Only God Knows how much a prayer weighs..’

THE POWER: When you receive this, say a prayer. That’s all you have to do.

Just stop right now, and say a prayer of thanks for your own good fortune. Then please send this to all your friends and relatives.

I believe if you will send this testimony out with prayer in faith, you will receive what you need God to do in you and your families’ life .

So dear heart, trust God to heal the sick, provide food for the hungry, clothes and shelter for those that don’t have as we do. Amen & Amen

Don’t break this, please!
Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.

My prayer for you today:

The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil, the hands that will send this message to others shall not labor in vain, the mouth saying Amen to this prayer shall laugh forever. Remain in God’s love as you send this prayer to everybody on your list. Have a lovely journey of life! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will never fail you because He is Awesome!

If you truly need a blessing, continue reading this email:

Heavenly Father, most Gracious and Loving God, I pray to you that you abundantly bless my family and me. I know that you recognize, that a family is more than just a mother, father, sister, brother, husband and wife, but all who believe and trust in you. Father, I send up a prayer request for blessings for not only the person who sent this to me, but for me and all that I have forwarded this message on to. And that the power of joined prayer by those who believe and trust in you is more powerful than anything. I thank you in advance for your blessings.

Father God, deliver the person reading this right now from debt and debt burdens.. Release your Godly wisdom that I may be a good steward over all that You have given me Father, for I know how wonderful and mighty you are and how if we just obey you and walk in your word and have the faith of a mustard seed that you will pour out blessings. I thank you now Lord for the recent blessings I have received and for the blessings yet to come because I know you are not done with me yet. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen

TAKE 60 SECONDS and send this on quickly and with in hours, you will have caused a multitude of people to pray to God for each other.. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life for doing the thing that you know He loves. Remain Blessed!!!

Peace and Blessings…

美職棒新秀當神父 最有價值球員接受主召叫

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

中廣

美國職棒奧克蘭「運動家隊」的潛力新秀「戴斯密」(Grant Desme)決定要退出職業球壇,要當神父,獻身教會。

23歲的外野手「戴斯密」曾在去年職棒小聯盟的「亞利桑那秋季聯盟」中,榮獲最有價值球員,前途看好。但身為天主教友的他,另有打算。他計畫今年暑假進入神學院就讀。

「戴斯密」今年在小聯盟擊出31支全壘打,四十次盜壘成功,表現傑出,他表示,他很喜歡打球,但是他更愛天主,他已經考慮了一年,現在決定放下一切,接受天主的召叫。暑假時,他將進入奧蘭多「聖麥可修道院」展開十年的神父培訓。球隊教練對於他的這項重大決定雖感遺憾,但表示尊重。

聖召營主題 – 聖召營點滴(四)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

聖召營生活點滴

在聖神修院渡過了三天兩夜的避靜日子,在那裡我認識了一些和我一樣在找聖召的弟兄姐妹。有很多在之前的避靜見過,又再看見他們,我看出他們追尋聖召的誠意,對我的聖召路程和信德都有很大的鼓勵和增加。其實三天兩夜的時間過得真的很快,我們都用很多時間獨自在院內閒行和默想,或是一起唱聖詩和朝拜聖體,雖然那些活動我可以獨自在家裡練習,或和三兩主內弟兄到其進他教堂進行。但是修院內的感覺,那裡的一份和平又神聖的氣氛,和那麼多神師、修女和弟兄姐妹一起所能夠給我對信德的增長和聖召路上的鼓勵,是要親身參與才可體會到的。那幾天的活動中給我最深印象的是林神父給我們播放關於歐洲自中古世紀到近代各地修會的耶穌基督的繪畫和雕刻像,它增進了我對基督為人所受的苦難程度及不能用言語描術的種種細節的認識。我更深的領會到耶穌對人類的那份愛是我很難理解的,但我感幸運自己也是那被愛的一群,我只是為那些尚未聽聞過耶穌名字的人覺得可惜,和對自己行聖召路的準備不足及不堪當感到無奈。總結這次避靜給我對基督的愛有更深的理解。

****DF ****

聖召營主題 – 聖召營點滴(三)

Monday, January 25th, 2010

聖召營生活點滴

我可以十分肯定,今次聖召活動,給我一次感受天主的愛的機會。在彌撒中、在祈禱中、在朝拜聖體中、我都感受到天主與我同在;這的確是心靈得到舒暢的時刻。在神父修女的分享中,我也更了解天主對我們不同人,確有不同的召叫。聖保祿宗徒的表樣,更令我印象深刻!

究竟天主對我有什麼召叫?有什麼計劃?我現在好像聽到天主在召叫我,有點像撒慕爾兒時聽到上主召喚他的聲音,這些聲音是真或是假呢?

“請上主發言!你的僕人在此靜聽.”(撒上 3:10)

***上主的僕人***

聖召營主題 – 聖召營點滴(二)

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

在三日的聖召營中, 體會最深的是行迷宮, 腳底的痛楚伴隨自己行過萬里路, 重要的是找到天主, 才可放輕腳步. 單程路如人生, 只有不斷前行. 喜怒哀樂自己決定. 行得累了可以停下來, 看看風景, 歇息一下.

但願我也可以停一停, 想一想, 並求聖神帶領我, 走好未來的路 !

特別感謝協助聖召營的神師們, 他們都是有心人, 願上主都好好的保守他們 !

God bless,
****基督的跟隨者****

聖召營主題 – 聖召營點滴(一)

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

被召成為「人」、成為「基督徒」

聖召營生活點滴

參加者分享在主內的一刻觸動

******聖召營點滴(一)******
兩天的避靜,雖然不是長是間,但帶出了好幾個問題令自己反思
一 天主我是誰?
二 我在天主的計畫我當什麼?
三 自己可以做什麼?

雖然是三個短的問題,但卻是三個不簡單的問題
第一個問題,自己常常問天主,可是從沒有認真的問
第二合問題,自己完全沒有想過,在避靜中神父引領我們反省
第三個問題,眼見自己的不足,根本不可以為天主做什麼

這三個問題,雖然沒有即時的答案,但已經埋藏在心內…

通宵與聖體過了2010,看到自己獨特,本可以去銅鑼灣在街中慶祝,為何在小小的聖堂靜靜的過?

這就是第一天。

第二天
第一個活動叫划到深處,是讀路5:1-11
閱讀後,昨天的問題慢慢的浮現答案,在這活動後,放聲大哭
因為看到了自己的不足和天主的愛,嫌棄自己的原來是自己

再經過『思道行(迷宮)』和書信的反省,看到聖召的路雖然難行,但正如『迷宮』一樣
雖然難行,但仍能走過

雖然短短的兩天,但感受到天主為我準備的,那我如何為天主準備呢

PS: 划到深處那默想,在主顯節忽然想到,天主要我划到深處,只是有時自己試過,但不成功
但天主的再次邀請,如果我們答應,一定成功,因為如果我們不是在做自己的事,而是做天主的事

*****天主眼中小小的我*****

Three trees

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Not The Way You Planned

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.
They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said,
‘Someday I hope to be a great treasure chest. I could be filled with gold,
silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with an intricate carving
and everyone would see the beauty.’

Then the second tree said, ‘Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take
Kings and Queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world.
People will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.’

Finally the third tree said, ‘I want to grow to be the tallest and
straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill, look
up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I
am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always
remember me.’

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of
woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, ‘This
looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a
carpenter, and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew
the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree the woodsman said, ‘This looks like a strong tree. I
will be able to sell it to the shipyard.’ The second tree was happy because
he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because
he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of
the men said,’I don’t need anything special from my tree, I’ll take this
one,’ and he cut it down.

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box
for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not
at all what he had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of
being a mighty ship and carrying Kings had come to an end.

The third tree was cut into large pieces, and left alone in the dark.

The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they
placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first
tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this
manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event
and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second
tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the
water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to
keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said
‘Peace’ and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had
carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through
the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came
to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at
the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was
strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was
possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way,
always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, God
will give you great gifts.

Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had
imagined…

We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us. We just know that His Ways
are not our ways, but His ways are always best.

Please keep this moving……. Pass it on, so God may inspire more people on
the way.

May your day be blessed. And until we meet again, may God cradle you in the
palm of His hand.

Drinking from my saucer

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

(A very spiritual and true poem)

I’ve never made a fortune, and it’s probably too late now.
But I don’t worry about that much, I’m happy anyhow
And as I go along life’s way,
I’m reaping better than I sowed.

I’m drinking from my saucer, ‘Cause
my cup has overflowed.

Haven’t got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going’s tough
But I’ve got loving ones all around me,
And that makes me rich enough.

I thank GOD forhis Blessings,
And the Mercies He’s bestowed.

I’m drinking from my saucer, ‘Cause
my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
And the sun peeped through again.

So LORD,
help me not to gripe, about
the tough rows I have hoed,

I’m drinking from my saucer, ‘Cause
my cup has overflowed,

If GOD
gives me strength andcourage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I’ll not ask for other blessings,
I’m already Blessed enough,

And may I never be too busy, to
help others bear their loads..

Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer,’ Cause my cup has overflowed.

When I think of how many people in this world have it worse than I do,
I realize just how BLESSED we really are.

藝術家撥沙 撥出納粹入侵悲情 天才少女 Kseniya Simonova

Monday, January 11th, 2010

沒有畫筆、沒有畫布,烏克蘭 24歲女藝術家
西蒙諾娃( Kseniya Simonova)單憑一堆沙,
在燈箱上畫圖案,訴說一個個動人的故事。
她最近參加電視台才藝比賽,
繪畫出二戰時國家遭納粹德軍入侵時人民的慘況,
不但贏得冠軍,她的表演片段在短片分享網站
YouTube更吸引到逾 200萬人次瀏覽。
西蒙諾娃的表演全長 8分半鐘,
其間有音樂及炸彈爆炸聲配合。
她以純熟手勢在燈箱上撥弄細沙,
觀眾就透過投影器在大螢幕看她所畫的圖畫。
不少觀眾都深深被她的表演感動,淚流滿面。
她最後贏得冠軍,獲得 12萬美元。

GOD’S PHARMACY

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010