貧窮是福!

去年七月在香港舉行的第四屆亞洲青年節,我擔任了其中負責接待及記錄的義工,需要接待來自緬甸的四位神父及十一位弟兄姊妹;可能是天主刻意的安排,原本只需三日的接待工作,最後增加至十二日,使我這位很喜歡與神父接觸的教徒,能夠與這四位緬甸神父有更多接觸、相處的時間,這機會,實在是難能可貴,在這十二日裡,與當中的一位非常慈祥的神父Fr Wilfred 接觸的時間最多;每朝與他相遇時,我們都會以「熊抱」作見面禮,每當與他講出心底話時,他都會耐心聆聽,並會以非常慈祥的聲線來回應,每次都令我眼濕濕,非常感動,所以,我都放心地向他訴說我未來的方向,他真的好像是我的「好爸爸」。
在他們返回緬甸後,雖然分隔兩地,但我都能夠以不同方式,與他們保持聯絡,互相問候。直至去年十一月尾,終於忍不住,決定要到緬甸探望他們。行程中,除了好似朝聖般參觀了好多教堂和修院之外,由於緬甸是一個比較貧窮的國家,所以沒有太多的娛樂設施,其中的一晚,當Fr James帶我到一個公園遊覽的時候,發現到有一個個的家庭,有的正在一起玩鞦韆,有的正在互相閒談,談天說地,享受天倫之樂,心想,這實在是天主賜予他們的福氣了;此外,亦參加過他們不同的彌撒,其中最難忘是在早上的六時三十分舉行的彌撒,雖然這樣早,但也可以吸引到為數以百計的教友參加,一起聆聽天主的聖言,雖然聽不懂他們的緬甸語,但也可感受到在天主的愛內所產生的共融合一;此外,在參加完另一次彌撒後,教友們不分老幼地,為聖誕節晚上的表演而一起練習唱詩歌,置身其中,也可感受到他們團結的精神;這一幕幕的情境,在香港實在是難得一見的,所以在這八天的旅程中,最令我體會的,就是「貧窮是有福」的道理;感受到,雖然他們生活在這樣簡單和貧窮的環境下,但能夠享受更多家庭的樂趣,能夠有更多時間祈禱,完完全全托付於天主,實在令人非常羡慕。
相信這次旅程是天主為我特別安排的,所以,返到香港後,都開始學習把自己的生活方式都得簡簡單單,盡量減少娛樂,希望有更多時間與天主交談,希望在天主已經為我預備好的道路上,得到更新及更明確的啟示。 Rick
 

10 Responses to “貧窮是福!”

  1. Cleo says:

    Hi, buddy, your long piece of Chinese is really a great challenge for me but I’ve managed to work out what you meant.

    “They were still staring into the sky as HE went … Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky?” (Acts 1: 10 -11)

    It’s so easily to be emotionally moved by programmes like Mariapolitan (sorry forgot the spelling suddenly) or WYD because it seems that we suddenly experience extraordinary christian love as if we had never experienced before.

    I think the participants should love their own buddies and family members when they return to their real life. Unfortunately, I know one who’s so keen on participating in these activities as if she’s indulged in participating but fails to carry out her duties in various aspects.

    So, what’s the purpose of all these activities? Isn’t it for witnessing HIM in this world? Shall we individuals ask ourselves what exactly God asks me to do now? I suppose the answer would never be building tent as suggested by Peter in His Transfiguration nor staring at the sky after His Ascension, right?

  2. Morocco says:

    I do agree with Cleo. Sometimes teachers bore us to death (zzzzzzzzzzz)with lots of meaningless activities such as having action songs in a Mass. What’s the point of it? Why suddenly should we move or even dance in the Mass? Crazy! Worst of all, they force us Catholics to attend those pointless programmes with games and songs but at the end, I don’t know what they are talking about! The games have nothing to do with the theme they claimed. Help! Please help! T_T May God bless them and guide them ….

  3. Sam says:

    小弟好同意Cleo兄的講法, 也對Morocco姐的分享有一定同感, 但誰能讓學校高層知道我們的苦? 是我們偉大的陳主教嗎? 有時我也分不開ME和RE堂的分別! 那些專業的老師可否放過我們? 班主任課講”我的志願”, 中文堂作文”我的志願”, 連RE project都係”我的志願”, 究竟佢地悶唔悶呀? 點解我係自修室見人地啲女校唔係做啲咁嘅嘢?!

  4. Rica says:

    Dear all, Hi. I just would like to share my different experience. We had a very nice Sister before. Her RE lessons were so meaningful, inspiring and fun! We played “blind man walk” in the lesson when we learned Abraham in Form One and she even led us to have debate on whether God was merciful to ask Abraham to kill his son Isaac. We were so excited and prepared well for the debate in the lesson. I can still remember that!

    We had cartoons, documentaries, films, newspaper cuttings, PowerPoints, songs, poems, games, stories, 3-min pronunciation quiz (on the names in the Bible) and of course, the Bible itself for our lessons. She led us to do many meaningful things …

    I just want to say something for the teachers and to balance the sharing a bit because we can’t expect all RE teachers to be as knowledgeable in religious matters as a Sister or Father. It’s so unfair.

  5. Morocco says:

    Hi, Rica. Thanks for your sharing but I’d like to share my experience as well! You should thank God for your knowledgeable Sister. *.* You’re lucky but I’m not that lucky. We have a Sister in our school too but she is not as helpful as the Sister in your school! I just see her relying on other teachers all the time. Sometimes, when we ask her things about the Bible, she doesn’t even know how to explain to us! I find other RE teachers are more knowledgable and helpful. I don’t understand why. The Sister has fewer lessons to teach and she has no family to tend. Why couldn’t she prepare her RE lessons well? Why doesn’t she read more the Bible? Sometimes she asks us to join her convent. Who wants to join her?

  6. Sam says:

    Ai, Morocco姐請息怒。依家啲神父修女好難做ga。我堂區有個神父好鍾意係彌撒裏面講埋啲我自己係網上都成日睇到嘅故仔,最初我都覺得幾得意,但係當你啲老師都開始係早會同埋堂上講埋同一個故仔嘅時候,再加上有時仲有人forward個故仔俾你 … T_T 真係想話仲尼?我呀媽話神父係一翻苦心想話令到台彌撒冇咁悶,我當然唔咁博佢咀,但係到底啲大人明唔明咁我駛唔駛去聖堂聽網上故仔?唔係話唔講得,但係唔好講到最後我都唔明個故仔同聖經有何關係,都唔知聽咗啲乜!好似好握錢咁!不過我估如果我走去問佢聖經問題佢都應該會識答,冇你學校個修女咁離譜,話曬神父都讀多啲神學。話時話,我見啲師奶聽網上故仔聽到津津有味,或者佢地唔識上網卦。

  7. Cleo says:

    Hi, dear friends, seems that you’re very interested in this discussion. HOwever, up to now, nobody answer my question asked on another page.

    Well, on such a boring day, let me share with you my late-night snack (daily bread), something from today’s reading:

    “What do you mean by hitting your fellow countryman?”
    “And who appointed you to be prince over us and judge?” (Exodus 2:1 -15)

  8. Paolo says:

    What was your question again, Cleo?

  9. says:

    Interesting discussion… maybe rather, rants.
    It reminds me of the story about the rich young man (Mk 10:17-22). This rich young man kept the commandments and was good, but he is not perfect either… He failed to love God more than his wealth. However, “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” (Mk 10:21) This is how Jesus looks at each one of us. None of us is perfect, same applies to priests and religious…

    What I read from the conversation above are questions originated and directed towards oneself, “Why didn’t I get what I deserve? (e.g. It’s 握錢 when the priest deliver a homily borrowing stories that one can read online)

    From mass, regardless how “trash” a homily is, the most precious thing (which is more beyond what money can buy) is the time we spent with the Lord in communion with the Church.

    Try to look at these “frustrating situations” with a greater compassion, greater patience, and greater humility, just as how Jesus looked at rich young man, and loved him. Pray each day for to grow in these virtues!

  10. Paolo says:

    True. The most important in Mass is our relationship with Jesus.

    Also, through receiving the eucharist in the 2nd part of the Mass, we are in communion of Jesus. It’s a point that we are most close to Him, since we are receiving Him to our heart.

    Let us pray for God’s love & inspiration for us.

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