Archive for February, 2011

A Beautiful And Touching Story!

Monday, February 28th, 2011

愛的力量大於一切,使人無法置信!

This is a true story and it will give you the chills.
This is a beautiful and touching story of love and perseverance. Well worth the read.

At the prodding of my friends I am writing this story. My name is Mildred Honor and I am a former elementary school music teacher from DesMoines , Iowa .

I have always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons – something I have done for over 30 years.

During those years I found that children have many levels of musical ability, and even though I have never had the pleasure of having a prodigy, I have taught some very talented students.

However, I have also had my share of what I call ‘musically challenged’ pupils – one such pupil being Robby..

Robby was 11 years old when his mother (a single mom) dropped him off for his first piano lesson. I prefer that students (especially boys) begin at an earlier age, which I explained to Robby. But Robby said that it had always been his mother’s dream to hear him play the piano, so I took him as a student.

Well, Robby began his piano lessons and from the beginning I thought it was a hopeless endeavor. As much as Robby tried, he lacked the sense of tone and basic rhythm needed to excel. But he dutifully reviewed his scales and some elementary piano pieces that I require all my students to learn. Over the months he tried and tried while I listened and cringed and tried to encourage him.

At the end of each weekly lesson he would always say ‘My mom’s going to hear me play someday’. But to me, it seemed hopeless, he just did not have any inborn ability.

I only knew his mother from a distance as she dropped Robby off or waited in her aged car to pick him up. She always waved and smiled, but never dropped in.

Then one day Robby stopped coming for his lessons. I thought about calling him, but assumed that because of his lack of ability he had decided to pursue something else. I was also glad that he had stopped coming – he was a bad advertisement for my teaching!

Several weeks later I mailed a flyer recital to the students’ homes. To my surprise, Robby (who had received a flyer) asked me if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was for current pupils and that because he had dropped out, he really did not qualify.

He told me that his mother had been sick and unable to take him to his piano lessons, but that he had been practicing. ‘Please Miss Honor, I’ve just got to play’ he insisted. I don’t know what led me to allow him to play in the recital – perhaps it was his insistence or maybe something inside of me saying that it would be all right.

The night of the recital came and the high school gymnasium was packed with parents, relatives and friends. I put Robby last in the program, just before I was to come up and thank all the students and play a finishing piece. I thought that any damage he might do would come at the end of the program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my ‘curtain closer’.

Well, the recital went off without a hitch, the students had been practicing and it showed. Then Robby came up on the stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked as though he had run an egg beater through it. ‘Why wasn’t he dressed up like the other students?’ I thought. ‘Why didn’t his mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?’

Robby pulled out the piano bench, and I was surprised when he announced that he had chosen to play Mozart’s Concerto No.21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys, they even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from pianissimo to fortissimo, from allegro to virtuoso; his suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent!

Never had I heard Mozart played so well by anyone his age.

After six and a half minutes he ended in a grand crescendo, and everyone was on their feet in wild applause! Overcome and in tears, I ran up on stage and put my arms around Robby in joy. ‘I have never heard you play like that Robby, how did you do it?

‘Through the microphone Robby explained: ‘Well, Miss Honor …. remember I told you that my mom was sick? Well, she actually had cancer and passed away this morning. And well …… she was born deaf, so tonight was the first time she had ever heard me play, and I wanted to make it special.’

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house that evening. As the people from Social Services led Robby from the stage to be placed in to foster care, I noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy. I thought to myself then how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my pupil.

No, I have never had a prodigy, but that night I became a prodigy ……. of Robby. He was the teacher and I was the pupil, for he had taught me the meaning of perseverance and love and believing in yourself, and may be even taking a chance on someone and you didn’t know why.

Robby was killed years later in the senseless bombing of the Alfred P. Murray Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April, 1995.

And now, a footnote to the story. If you are thinking about forwarding this message, you are probably wondering which people on your address list aren’t the ‘appropriate’ ones to receive this type of message. The person who sent this to you believes that we can all make a difference!

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice

Do we act with compassion or do we pass up that opportunity and leave the world a bit colder in the process?

You now have two choices:

1. Delete this; OR

2. Forward it to the people you care about. You know the choice I made.

Thank you for reading this.

May God Bless you today, tomorrow and always.

If God didn’t have a purpose for us, we wouldn’t be here!

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly..

Leave the rest to God.

What Love Means To Age 4 to 8 Years Old Children!

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

讀後以下有關小孩子對愛的看法,更明白為何耶穌說天國是屬於他們!

Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it.
Touching words from the mouths of babes.
What does ‘Love’ mean?
A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does ‘love’ mean?’
The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:



‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.

So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too.. That’s love.’
Rebecca- age 8



‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’
Billy – age 4



‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’
Karl – age 5


‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’
Chrissie
– age 6



‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’
Terri – age 4



‘Love is when my mummy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’
Danny – age 7



‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.
My Mummy and Daddy are like that They look gross when they kiss’
Emily – age 8



‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’
Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)



‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’

Nikka – age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)



‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’
Noelle – age 7



‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’
Tommy – age 6



‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’
Cindy – age 8



‘My mummy loves me more than anybody

You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’
Clare – age 6



‘Love is when Mummy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’
Elaine-age 5



‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’
Chris – age 7



‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day’
Mary Ann – age 4


‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’
Lauren – age 4



‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image)
Karen – age 7




‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’
Mark – age 6


‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’
Jessica – age 8




And the final one — Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.

The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbour, the little boy said,
‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’




When there is nothing left,
that is when you find out that love is all you need. Take 60 seconds and give this a shot!

Send it on to five other people,

Including the one who sent it to you..
P. S. Five is good, but more is even gooder!

Alexander The Great’s Last Three Wishes

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

:讓我們要珍惜生命每一刻,愛惜身體,慷慨回應基督,服務他人。不要為世上一切而喪失自己…一切屬於這世界的留在今世,只有愛永存不朽!

ALEXANDER – The Great’s Last 3 Wishes 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spiritual Vitamins

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

主內的朋友,為您送上26種靈性維他命強化您的靈修,使您:每天接近主多一點、開心多一點、青春多一點、活得豐盛多一點……天國就在您當中!(Either JavaScript is not active or you are using an old version of Adobe Flash Player. Please install the newest Flash Player.)

POPE’S homily on DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE.”A Life Dedicated to Listening and to Proclaiming His Word” – 2011-02-02

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

度奉獻生活者要竭力成為基督在世的真實標記,把基督的真光照耀人前!

Pope’s Homily on Day for Consecrated Life

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today during evening vespers on the occasion of the World Day of Consecrated Life, which is observed on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The liturgical service took place in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Dear brothers and sisters!
In today’s feast we contemplate the Lord Jesus whom Mary and Joseph take to the Temple “to present him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). Revealed in this evangelical scene is the mystery of the Son of the Virgin, the consecrated One of the Father, who came into the world to carry out his will faithfully (cf. Hebrews 10:5-7).

Simeon points to him as “light for revelation to the Gentiles” (Luke 2:32), and proclaims with prophetic word his supreme offer to God and his final victory (cf. Luke 2:32-35). It is the meeting of the two Testaments, the Old and the New. Jesus enters the ancient Temple , He who is the new Temple of God : He comes to visit his people, bringing to fulfillment obedience to the Law and inaugurating the end times of salvation.

It is interesting to observe close up this entrance of the Child Jesus into the solemnity of the Temple, in the great “coming and going” of so many people, seized by their endeavors: the priests and the Levites with their turns of service, the numerous devotees and pilgrims, desirous of encountering the Holy God of Israel. None of these, however, notice anything. Jesus is a child like others, first born son of two very simple parents. Even the priests are incapable of accepting the signs of the new and particular presence of the Messiah and Savior. Only two elderly people, Simeon and Anna, discover the great novelty. Led by the Holy Spirit, they see in that Child the fulfillment of their long expectation and vigilance. Both contemplate the light of God that comes to illumine the world, with their prophetic gaze open to the future, as proclamation of the Messiah: “Lumen ad revelationem gentium!” (Luke 2:32). In the prophetic attitude of two old people is the entire Ancient Covenant, which expresses the joy of the encounter with the Redeemer. On seeing the Child, Simeon and Anna intuit that it is in fact Him, the One Awaited.

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is an eloquent icon of the total donation of the life for all those men and women who are called to reproduce in the Church and in the world, through the evangelical counsels, the characteristic features of Jesus virgin, poor and obedient” (postsynodal apostolic exhortation “Vita Consecrata,” No. 1). That is why today’s feast was chosen by the Venerable John Paul II to celebrate the annual Day of Consecrated Life. In this context, I address a cordial and grateful greeting to Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz, whom I recently appointed prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, with the secretary and the collaborators. I greet affectionately the Superiors General present and all consecrated persons.

I would like to propose three brief thoughts for reflection on this feast. The first: the evangelical icon of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple contains the essential symbol of light; the light that, coming from Christ, shines on Mary and Joseph, on Simeon and Anna and, through them, on everyone. The Fathers of the Church linked this radiation to the spiritual journey. Consecrated life expresses this journey, in a special way as “philocalia,” love of divine beauty, reflection of the goodness of God (cf. ibid., No. 19). Resplendent on Christ’s face is this beauty. “The Church contemplates the transfigured face of Christ, to be confirmed in the faith and not risk dismay before his disfigured face on the Cross … she is the Bride before her Spouse, sharing his mystery, enveloped by his light, [from which] are gathered all his children … But a singular experience of the light that emanates from the Word incarnate are certainly those called to the consecrated life. In fact, the profession of the evangelical counsels places them as sign and prophecy for the community of brothers and for the world” (ibid., No. 15).

In the second place, the evangelical icon manifests the prophecy, gift of the Holy Spirit. Simeon and Anna, contemplating the Child Jesus, perceive his destiny of death and resurrection for the salvation of all peoples and proclaim this mystery as universal salvation. Consecrated life is called to this prophetic witness, linked to its twofold attitude, contemplative and active. Given to consecrated men and women, in fact, is to manifest the primacy of God, passion for the Gospel practiced as a way of life and proclaimed to the poor and to the last of the earth. “In the strength of such primacy nothing can be preferred to personal love for Christ and for the poor in which He lives. True prophecy is born from God, from friendship with Him, from attentive listening to his Word in the different circumstances of history” (ibid., No. 84). In this way consecrated life, in its daily living on the paths of humanity, manifests the Gospel and the Kingdom already present and operative.

In the third place, the evangelical icon of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple manifests the wisdom of Simeon and Anna, the wisdom of a life dedicated totally to the search of the face of God, of his signs, of his will; a life dedicated to listening and to proclaiming his Word.

“‘Faciem tuam, Domine, requiram‘: thy face, O Lord, do I seek” (Psalm 26:8). Hence, the consecrated person witnesses the joyful and laborious commitment, the assiduous and wise search of the divine will” (cf. Congress for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, Instruction The Service of Authority and Obedience. Faciem tuam Domine requiram [2008], No. 1).

Dear brothers and sisters, be assiduous listeners of the Word, because every wisdom of life is born of the Word of the Lord! Be scrutinizers of the Word, through Lectio Divina, because consecrated life “is born from listening to the Word of God and accepting the Gospel as its norm of life. To live following the chaste, poor and obedient Christ is in this way a living “exegesis” of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit, in the strength of which the Bible was written, is the same who illumines the Word of God to men and women founders with new light. From it flows every charism and every rule is an expression of it, giving origin to itineraries of Christian life marked by evangelical radicalism” (postsynodal apostolic exhortation “Verbum Domini,” No. 83). 

Today we live above all in the most developed societies, a condition often marked by a radical pluralism, by the progressive marginalization of religion from the public sphere, by a relativism that touches fundamental values. This calls for our Christian witness to be luminous and consistent and for our educational effort to be ever more attentive and generous. In particular your apostolic action, dear brothers and sisters, must become a life commitment, which accedes with persevering passion, to wisdom as truth and beauty “splendor of the truth.” Be able to orient your life with wisdom, and with trust in the inexhaustible possibilities of true education, and the intelligence and the heart of men and women of our time to the “good life of the Gospel.”

At this moment, my thought goes with special affection to all consecrated men and women, in every part of the earth, and I entrust them to the Blessed Virgin Mary:

O Mary, Mother of the Church,
I entrust to you consecrated life,
So that you will obtain for it the fullness of divine light:
That it may live in listening to the Word of God,
In the humility of the following of Jesus your Son and our Lord,
In the acceptance of the visit of the Holy Spirit,
In the daily joy of the Magnificat,
So that the Church is built by the holiness of life
Of these your sons and daughters,
In the commandment of love. Amen. 

PERSEVERANCE AND COMMUNION – Ordaining a Hong Kong Bishop, the Pope Speaks to China – 2011-02-05

Friday, February 18th, 2011

剛晉牧為教廷萬民福音部秘書長韓大輝總主教,將會在2月20日主日,下午6時正主教座堂主持彌撒。讓我們一同參與這歷史性的一刻。

February 05, 2011 Perseverance and Communion:

Ordaining a Hong Kong Bishop, the Pope Speaks to China

For just the third time in his nearly six-year pontificate, this morning saw B16 preside at an episcopal ordination in St Peter’s as the Pope gave the high-hat to five recent appointees to senior posts in the Roman Curia.

Of the high-ranking group, however, one figure was arguably the linchpin of the pontiff’s decision to reserve the rite to himself: the newly-named #2 of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, now Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai SDB, a native of Hong Kong — and, more to the point, the first-ever Chinese tapped to serve in a top Vatican post.

Called to Rome in December amid escalating Sino-Vatican tensions centering on the church’s prerogatives in the People’s Republic, the 60 year-old Salesian theologian was a visiting professor at mainland seminaries and gave conferences to priests there over the last two decades, alongside his chief assignment at Hong Kong’s formation house. In his new post, Hon (below) becomes second-in-command of the church’s vast mission efforts worldwide as deputy to the “Red Pope” — the Indian chief of the historic Propaganda Fide, Cardinal Ivan Dias.
Keeping the custom of his prior ordinations of bishops in 2006 and 2009, the Pope’s homily today was a catechesis on the episcopal office. At this morning’s Mass, however, the text’s subtleties were conspicuously evocative of the situation of the Chinese church in its calls to perseverance and communion as the “pillars” of the prelates’ new ministry and, by extension, “the life of the church.”

For the record, the latter “pillar” was referenced nearly 70 times in Benedict’s 2007 Letter to Chinese Catholics.

Here,
via AsiaNews, a snip of today’s reflection:

[The new bishops’] mission is to “cast the net of the Gospel in the rough seas of this time to obtain the adhesion of people to Christ” because “it may seem that large parts of the modern world, of the men of today, are turning away from God and consider faith a thing of the past – and yet there is still a yearning for justice, love, peace, to be finally established and poverty and suffering overcome, that people find joy. All this yearning is present in today’s world, a yearning for all that is great, for all that is good. It is nostalgia for the Redeemer, God himself, even where he is denied. ”
It is a ‘great task’, which in practical terms requires
the four elements that have already been the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the memory of how the early Christians “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer”(Acts 2:42). They are “the fundamental elements of Christian communion in the Church of Jesus Christ ,” Benedict XVI traced his homily from the phrase “and they devoted themselves” [“they persevered”]. “Devotion, diligence, belongs to the essence of being a Christian and is fundamental to the pastors task as workers in the Lord’s harvest. The Pastor should not be like chaff driven by the wind, a servant of the spirit of the time. Being intrepid, having the courage to oppose the trends of the time, is essential to the task of the pastor. He must not be chaff, but – according to the image of the first Psalm – he must be like a tree that has deep roots, upon which it is solid and well grounded. This has nothing to do with rigidity or inflexibility. Only where there is stability is there also growth. Cardinal Newman, whose path was marked by three conversions, says that living means transforming oneself. But his three conversions and the transformations that took place in them are, however, one consistent journey: the journey of obedience to the truth, to God, the true journey of continuity which in this way brings about progress”.

“Perseverance to the teaching of the Apostles”, then, means to remember that “faith has a concrete content. Spirituality is not a vague, indefinable feeling for transcendence. God has acted and He truly spoke. He has really done something and he actually said something. Certainly, faith is, at first, trusting in God, a living relationship with God But the God in whom we place our trust has a face and gave us His word. We can count on the stability of His word. ”

The second “pillar of the life of the Church” is communion. “Communion with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Jn 1:1-4). God made himself visible and tangible for us and so has created a real communion with himself. We enter into communion through this belief and live together with those whom have been touched by Him. With them and through, we too in a certain way, see and touch the God who became close for us. Thus the horizontal and vertical are here inextricably intertwined with each other. By being in communion with the Apostles, by standing with them in faith, we ourselves are in contact with the living God. Dear friends, the purpose of the ministry of Bishops is that this chain of communion is not interrupted. This is the essence of apostolic succession: to preserve communion with those who have met the Lord in a visible and tangible way, and so keep Heaven open, God’s presence among us. Only through communion with the Successors of the Apostles are we also in contact with the incarnate God. But the reverse is also true: only through communion with God, only through communion with Jesus Christ this chain of witnesses, stays together. One is never a Bishops on his won, says Vatican II, but always only in the College of Bishops . Therefore he cannot lock himself up in the time of his generation. The intertwining of all generations, the living Church of every age belongs to collegiality. You dear Brothers – he continued, turning to the soon to be ordained – have the mission of preserving this Catholic communion. You know that the Lord has appointed St. Peter and his successors to be the centre of that community, the guarantors of being in the totality of apostolic communion and His faith. Offer your help so the joy of the great unity of the Church, the communion of all the places and times, so the community of faith that embraces the heavens and the earth remains alive”.

Third “fundamental element of the Church’s” is the breaking of bread. “The Holy Eucharist is the centre of the Church must be the centre of our being Christians and our priestly life.” “Breaking bread – along with what is also expressed in sharing, transmitting our love with others. The social dimension, sharing is not a moral appendix which is added an to the Eucharist, rather it is part of it. This is clear from his verse in Acts which follows the one quoted above: “… All the believers had everything in common,” says Luke (2:44). We must be careful that faith is always expressed in love and justice of one towards another and that our social practice is inspired by faith, that faith is lived in love.”

Hon will return to Hong Kong later this month for local celebrations of his ordination.

Notably present for today’s rites was the recently-named head of the church there, Bishop John Tong Hon, who also attended his first Vox Clara meeting earlier this week as one of several new members of the blue-ribbon committee on English liturgical translations.

ARCHBISHOP SAVIO HON TAI FAT, SDB

http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2011/02/perseverance-and-communion- ordaining.html

Center Of The Bible

Friday, February 18th, 2011

不要欵疑惑了,只要信吧!
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幸福課

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

幸福是一切人所追求的人生目標,若果我們以基督的眼光或教導,為衝量的標準,這幸福一定是真正和恆久的!(Either JavaScript is not active or you are using an old version of Adobe Flash Player. Please install the newest Flash Player.)

幸福感是衡量人生的唯一標準, 是所有目標的最終目標!
—- 夏哈爾教授如是說

Hello

Friday, February 11th, 2011

耶穌是我們的摯友,祂會藉着四方八面寄來的電郵向我們說:Hello,請靜心細聽祂的呼召!(Either JavaScript is not active or you are using an old version of Adobe Flash Player. Please install the newest Flash Player.)

快樂的五個簡單規則

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

願在兔年:我們努力生 活在基督內,使自己變得可愛、動如脫兔、純如鴿子、勇如鷹邁向光明前程!(Either JavaScript is not active or you are using an old version of Adobe Flash Player. Please install the newest Flash Player.)

Happy Chinese New Year

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

『天主是愛』(若一4:8),家中有 愛便一無所缺了!願主愛充滿您們的家庭。(Either JavaScript is not active or you are using an old version of Adobe Flash Player. Please install the newest Flash Player.)

恭賀新禧 Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

願大家在免年活潑、純真、努力不懈怠、事主愛人,天天有驚喜!(Either JavaScript is not active or you are using an old version of Adobe Flash Player. Please install the newest Flash Player.)