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Spiritual Talk
 
 

 
“Spiritual Talk” – The saint forges patience

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“Spiritual Talk” – October 2, 2021

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“Spiritual Talk” – September 25, 2021

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“Spiritual Talk” – Prayer period is simple and single

有關靈修的練習,聖方濟各、沙雷氏建議每人都要選一些自已特別喜歡的特定的方法。它可能是要常想天主的臨在,或純正的意向,或順從天主的旨意,或跟隨上主的上智安排,或自我的棄絕。 聖方濟各不喜歡從一本書跳到另一本書去,實習第一個靈修的方法後又轉到另一個方法。不停地尋打不同的靈修系統。簡單和單一是一切事項中所要做到的,而不是多樣性。質量比數量更為重要。聖方濟各說:『蜜蜂逗留在花間的時間愈長,採得的花蜜愈多。』 他補充說:『那些在宴席中堅持要嘗盡所有的食物的人會損害他們的消化能力並干擾他們的睡眠。靈魂也是一樣,若他堅持要嘗試每一方法和靈修系統。他倫理的消化能力是太弱並不足以容納那麼多的品種,他將永不到達平安和寧靜,那些瑪利亞所擁有的,基督譽之為「最好的部份。」』 這聖人說,一個單一熱心的短誦或短禱重複一百次遠比一百篇不同的祈禱更為有益。聖方濟各、亞西西他恆常地每天每星期禱告說『我的天主,我的所有』;聖魯諾:『噢,天主的美善』;聖女德蘭:『不是天主的,什麼也不是。』 聖方濟各教導我們去學習雕塑家和畫家,他們用雕刻刀,用畫筆以很多的筆觸,刀刻去完成他們的作品。如果我們要在我們心中刻畫是一深的印象,我們要決心重複又重複地發熱情和定志向。 我們的心禱和默想會因我們一天中收歛心神和克己而更收成果。心禱,收斂心神和短禱就如自然生命呼吸中的呼氣和吸氣。聖方濟各也認為沒有祈禱的克己是像沒有靈魂的肉身,沒有克己的祈禱是像沒有肉身的靈魂。他說要能以祈禱提升靈魂,我們要以克己降低我們的肉身。聖方濟各在這方面的格言是:『我們應活於這世上一如我們靈魂在天堂和肉身在墳墓中。』 默想基督的苦難和聖死是最甜美和強烈的。聖方濟各說:『耶穌死在十字架上是猶大族的獅子—祂是三松謎語的答案,因為在祂的傷口,找到祂最強慈愛的蜂巢,由這力量進而成為我們最大慰籍的甜美。肯定的是,因為我主為我們而死,一如聖經所明證,這死亡是祂憐愛的巔峰,它應是我們愛祂的所有動機中最強烈的一個。』 在默想中有關定志向的一方面,聖方濟各說:『人們願意等待半年去見玉米由種子成長,等待多年去見蘋果收成。心禱要永不放棄…和定志向,這是祈禱的必有成果,應該永不忽略。雖然他們不一定立時可見,雖然當他實行的時候我們都可能己失落了,他們仍會根種於我們心中,他們的果實在我們忘記的時候會能有收成。』 有關靈修的閱讀,聖方濟各再一次強調簡單和單一比多樣化好。他說那些輕易跳過很多靈修書本的得益小。他想每人選一本好書----小的,如可能的話容易攜帶的-----多加閱讀,並實行它的教導。聖方濟各最喜歡的書是『精神鬥爭』Spiritual Combat,這書他攜在口袋裡多於18年,他每天閱讀。加繆主教說,他多一點閱讀這Spiritual Combat,他能多一點在書內跟進聖方濟各教訓的根基。
Publish date: 2021 - 9 - 11


 
“Spiritual Talk” – Find God in Reverence

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“Spiritual Talk” – August 21, 2021

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“Spiritual Talk” – August 14, 2021

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“Spiritual Talk” – August 7, 2021

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“Spiritual Talk” – Follow the will of God

Publish date: 2021 - 7 - 17




 
“Spiritual Talk” – We should love mass

Publish date: 2021 - 7 - 3






 
“Spiritual Talk” – Our actions influence others

During this past year of COVID pandemic, we experienced the interconnectedness of the human community. Our safety was influenced by others and we in turn can either protect or endanger others with our behaviors. In the spiritual sphere, we are also influenced by others and they in turn affected by us.

Rev. Patrick Gearon said, “We are ever influencing, for good or for evil, the souls of those around us, and this, too, whether we are reflecting upon actions or are totally oblivious of what is going on.”

Pope Pius XII wrote beautifully about members of the Church contributing to the salvation of souls: “Dying on the Cross He (that is, Christ) left to His Church the immense treasury of the Redemption; towards this she contributed nothing. But when these graces come to be distributed, not only does He share this task of sanctification with His Church, but He wants it in a way to be due to her action. Deep mystery this, subject of inexhaustible meditation; that the salvation of many depends on the prayers and voluntary penances which the members of the Mystical Body of Christ offer for this intention and on the assistance of pastors of souls and of the faithful, especially of fathers and mothers and families, which they must offer to our Divine Savior as though they were His associates”.

Father Patrick wrote, “Our Divine Lord is the Saviour of mankind. he is what we shall call Saviour with a capital “S”. But each and every one of us can become a saviour with what I shall call small “s”. Whether we realize it or not, we cannot be good or bad without affecting others for better or for worse.”

St. Paul wrote, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church” (Col. 1:24) The value Christ’s sufferings is infinite. There is nothing lacking in term of meriting graces for mankind. The only thing wanting is the application of graces. It is of their application that St. Paul was speaking. He was thus becoming a saviour with a small ‘s’.

We are capable of becoming either instrument of grace or instrument of sin. The “communion of saints” builds up the Church, whereas the “communion of sin” drags down the Church.

St. John Paul II explained: “One can speak of ‘a communion of sin’, whereby a soul that debases itself through sin drags down with itself the Church and, in some way, the whole world. In other words, there is not a single sin, not even the most intimate and secret one, the most strictly personal and individual one, that exclusively concerns the person committing it. With greater or lesser violence, with consequences of greater or lesser harm, every sin has repercussions on the entire ecclesial body and the whole human family.”

Father Patrick said, “It said, “It would be an eye-opener if were to find out the number of sins which were committed by people just because they had seen another doing that very same thing.” He lamented: “People who otherwise are very mortified, seem to seek compensation in talking about others.” Father Patrick listed three reasons of the abuse of the tongue: 1. the anxiety to be a source of interest, 2. secret envy, and 3. outbursts of anger.

St. Josemaria Escriva wrote, “Gossip is trash that soils and hinders the apostolate. It goes against charity, takes away strength, takes away peace, and makes one lose his union with God.” The saint gave us this simple rule in speech: “Don’t make negative criticism. If you can’t praise, say nothing.”
Publish date: 2021 - 6 - 12


 
“Spiritual Talk”

Publish date: 2021 - 6 - 5