Posts Tagged ‘Discernment’
 
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Encounter in Peru (3)

On this week's "Love and Life", Fr. Francis Ching and Po Yee continue to share with us their experiences during their journey to Peru in South America. They described their experiences visiting the congregation of the "Servants of the Plan of God" and introduce this congregation to us. Fr Ching will explain the discernment process of religious life, and how can one discern one's vocation, and how to freely know oneself in order to fully live out one's life with joy.
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 11


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You shall hear but not understand

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?” He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given and he will […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 24


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In the Face of Calumny

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Jesus went around to all the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 8


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The Proof of Holiness

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 26


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Schadenfreude

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 17


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Peace that the World cannot Give

One who is presumptuous often imagines that he has gained God’s peace through self-distrust and trust in God when the case is far otherwise. And this will be made clear to you by the way he takes his failures. If, after a fall, you give way to despondency and vexation, and despairingly complain that you […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 20


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The Holy Spirit’s Role in Evangelization

Lest the Apostles should be troubled at the thought, “How shall we private individuals give our testimony to the Jews and Gentiles who have killed You?” Jesus adds, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you.” which indeed He had promised by the mouth of the prophet Joel, “I will pour my […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 24


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Witness to Jesus: John the Baptist

“I do not accept human praise; moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe, when you accept praise from […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 3


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A kingdom divided cannot stand

當耶穌行聖蹟時,群眾都驚訝讚嘆,並歸光榮於天主。可是法利賽人卻心存懷疑,所以知道他們心意的耶穌便對他們說:「凡是一國自相紛爭,必成廢墟,一家一家的敗落。」 耶穌這次沒有以聖經教導他們,因為法利賽人本來就不理會聖經的原意,總是扭曲經文的意思,所以耶穌以日常生活的例子回應他們:無論一座房舍還是一個城市,甚至一個國家,如果有內亂紛爭,都不可能存立;所以如果耶穌是仗賴魔王在驅魔,那麼魔鬼的力量將因自相紛爭而滅亡。因此魔鬼是不會自相殘殺,而耶穌驅魔必是以天主的力量。 聖父、聖子及聖神也是團結共融,永不會分裂的。即使有些人誤認為聖子不如聖父,或聖神不如聖子,但其實天主的國只有一個,天主的力量也是統一的。 (本文以英文為準) Now when the miracle was performed, the multitude extolled Him with loud praises, and the glory which was due to God. As it follows, “And the people wondered.” The suspicion of the Pharisees being utterly without reason, they dared not divulge it for fear of the multitude, but pondered it in […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 27


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Children of God

Mark 10:13-16 [/quote] This is the height of true wisdom: to be simple but with understanding; for the soul of a little child is pure from all worldly passions. Towards them who have vexed him he bears no resentment, but goes to them as to friends as if nothing had happened; and however he is […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 1


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Cut it off!

Because the Lord had taught us not to offend those who believe in Him, He then warns us how much we should beware of those who offend us, that is, who by their words or conduct strive to drag us into the damnation of sin; wherefore He says, “And if your hand offend you, cut […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 27


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The Duty of the Moment

這天的福音提到宗徒們被派遣出外回來,聚集到耶穌跟前。我們可以想像到他們興奮雀躍,把在外面做過的事一一告訴耶穌。宗徒們大概因驅魔和治病的能力而大受群眾歡迎,這為他們是一個誘惑。他們連吃飯的時間也沒有,因此耶穌叫他們退到荒野地方去休息。 當耶穌和宗徒們乘船到達對岸時,一大夥群眾卻徒步到了同一地方,更在他們以先到了。在適當的時間靜下來默想、祈禱,對每個人都是必要的。然而,當耶穌看到群眾時,動了憐憫的心,祂雖然知道自己和宗徒們需要靜下來,但祂更看到眼前的群眾的需要–他們就像需要牧人的羊。 耶穌向我們示範了生活需要的平衡。正如祂會在適當時候退到荒野裡去,祂也叫門徒退下來反省一下他們所做的事。同時,在本篇福音的情況下,耶穌注意到人們需要祂的回應,祂打消退下來反省的念頭而去服侍群眾的需要。讓我們學習用心辨別天主在每一刻需要我們做的事。 這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Saturday of week 4 of Ordinary Time – Gospel In this Gospel reading, we read that after being sent on a mission by Jesus, the apostles gathered together with Him. We could imagine they were excited and wanted to tell Jesus about all they had done. This could have been a […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 8


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Come follow me!

常年期第三主日 依撒意亞先知描述的黑暗中的皓光,是猶太人期待已久的默西亞,也就是指耶穌基督,因為耶穌說:「我是世界的光,跟隨我的,決不在黑暗中行走,必有生命之光。」(若8:12) 未認識耶穌基督的人,猶如在黑暗中行走,因為他們面對生老病死卻不明白生命的真諦,也不知道天主已經給予世人救恩的喜訊。 基督徒通過聖洗的召喚,認識天主,愛慕天主,在天主的愛內生活,所以我們不但要以基督的愛為生活的榜樣,效法祂和其他聖人修德成聖,也要如保祿勸戒,不分黨派,以愛和包容的心分享天主賜給我們的團體生活,共同向普天下宣揚天主的正義與和平,把福音帶給未認識主的人。 天主的召叫是一個邀請,祂會以不同的形式去召叫我們活出基督徒的身份,重要的是人的回應。我們應放下一切的顧慮,全心全意跟隨主,效法耶穌,以言以行傳揚福音,做地上的鹽,世界的光。 這篇默想是以 Foundations in Faith – Catechist Catechumenate Manual 為根據,並獲得版權持有人 RCL Benziger, LLC 批准使用。 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time The prophet Isaiah prophesied about this “great light” in the Old Testament, which is the Messiah that the Jews were waiting for all along, and we now know that this light is […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 26


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Know Our Mission

在今天的福音中,有些法利塞人叫耶穌離開加里肋亞,因為黑落德要殺害祂。耶穌不但沒有因法利塞人的恐嚇而改變祂的行程,更加預言他們的聖殿將要被毀滅。那是當時的人無法想像的。 面對威嚇,耶穌沒有退縮,祂很明白自己來到世上要達成的任務,亦清楚自己要死在耶路撒冷,在未到耶路撒冷以前,祂要受難的時刻還未來到。 耶穌為我們示範了面對威脅時應有的態度,要做到絲毫無懼很困難,但藉著祈禱,我們相信主耶穌會給予足夠恩寵和力量,使我們背得起十字架。主,教我們在磨難中更靠近祢。 In today’s Gospel, some Pharisees asked Jesus to leave Galilee, because Herod (Antipas) wanted to kill Him. Jesus did not change His plan due to threat, instead He foretold the destruction of Jerusalem, which seemed impossible to the people of His time. In the face of intimidation, Jesus did not retreat. He […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 31


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Appointment of the Twelve Apostles

在今天的福音,我們看到耶穌在挑選十二宗徒之前,獨自上山徹夜祈禱。在聖經時常提及不同的山,因為聖經談及的地域的確佈滿著山脈;而高山亦有一種象徵意義,人們認為身處山上比較接近在高天的天主。 在聖經中出現過的山很多時都跟重要時刻有關。在西乃山,天主跟梅瑟面對面交談。在加爾默耳山,天主當著巴耳邪神的先知面前應允了厄里亞先知。耶穌也在山上選定十二宗徒。 耶穌挑選宗徒前先花一整夜祈禱,為我們樹立一個榜樣。我們要做一些重大的決定時,也該仿傚耶穌,祈禱分辨怎樣做才合乎天主的旨意。 從十二位宗徒中,我們見到不同職業、性格的人。耶穌召選不同的人作為宗徒,一同宣講天國的福音,我們會否接納跟自己不同背景和個性的人呢? 這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, What is the significance of mountains in the bible?, 10月28日 聖西滿及聖達德宗徒慶日 In today’s Gospel, we read that before appointing the twelve apostles. Jesus spent the whole night praying on a mountain. In the Bible, we see that mountains are mentioned frequently. It […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 28


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The True Source of Greatness

在今天的福音中,我們看到一個婦人對耶穌十分敬慕,她說:「懷過你的胎,及你所吮吸過的乳房,是有福的!」她的話同時也是對聖母的稱羨。耶穌聽到這話,趁機教導眾人怎樣才算是真正有福,祂說:「那聽天主的話而遵行的人,更是有福的!」 年紀輕輕的瑪利亞,聆聽天主藉著天使加俾額爾對她說的話,願意接受天主的揀選,她說:「看!上主的婢女,願照你的話成就於我罷!」(路加福音 1:38)自那刻開始,聖言成了血肉。聖母的一聲「願意」令聖子降生成人,她一直聆聽並實踐耶穌的話,一直到十字架下。 耶穌的話指出了聖母瑪利亞有福的真正原因。我們領受、聆聽天主的話,有否把聖言在生活中實踐?讓我們向聖母學習吧! 這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Commentary on Luke 11:27-28 聽天主的話的更有福氣 In today’s Gospel, we read that a woman called out to praise Jesus, she said: “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” That was a tribute to Jesus but also to His mother. When Jesus heard this, He […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 12


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Martha and Mary

在今天的福音中,耶穌到了伯達尼村莊瑪爾大和瑪利亞的家裡。福音中描述瑪爾大和瑪利亞兩姊妹用了很不同的方法接待耶穌。瑪利亞坐在耶穌腳前聽祂講話,而瑪爾大則為了伺候耶穌而忙碌不已。 為主忙碌不已是不少熱心基督徒的現實寫照,而耶穌卻對瑪爾大說:「瑪利亞選擇了更好的一份,是不能從她奪去的。」耶穌這樣說不是譴責瑪爾大,而是要提醒她(和所有人)在祈禱中靜心聆聽的重要性。 事實上,耶穌在福音中多次強調聆聽祂的話非常重要(若望福音 10:27-28, 路加福音 8:21, 若望福音 8:47)。如果不先靜下來聽天主的話,我們又怎能知道祂的旨意?我們如果不履行祂的旨意,再忙碌也是徒然的。 在繁忙的生活中,只要好好把握每一刻(如乘車、做家務時),我們仍然可以找到祈禱的時間,聆聽天主的指引。 In today’s Gospel, Jesus went to visit Martha and Mary in the village of Bethany. We see that Martha and Mary used very different ways in serving Jesus. Mary sat beside the Lord at His feet listening to Him, and Martha was “burdened with much serving”. […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 8


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Discerning Between Good and Evil

瑪竇福音 7:15-20 對天主而言,要辨別人是真誠或虛偽,並沒有難度,因祂不是看人的外表,而是內心 (撒上 16:7)。可是祂明白我們能力有限,只能靠外在的條件推斷人或事的好壞,所以在今天的福音中,耶穌為此給我們很好的指引。 我們可從三方面作出反省: 一﹑ 這世上確實有假先知,因此我們要謹慎,免得被迷惑。聖保祿宗徒也提示早期的教會,說:「連撒殫也常冒充光明的天使;所以倘若他的僕役也冒充正義的僕役,並不算是大事。」(格後 11:14-15) 二﹑ 要識別外表良善,但內裡敗壞的人,可觀察他們做事的後果。例如社會上很多人支持婦女可以墮胎,認為是給予她們一個選擇的權利,但實際卻令無數嬰兒的生命被扼殺,也令不少婦女因此身心受到創傷。思想或行為是好是壞其實我們用心去了解,便會明瞭。當然有時結果未必一時三刻便能清楚,但耶穌說過:「好樹不能結壞果子,壞樹也不能結好果子。」如果是真心跟隨天主旨意而做的善工,天主自會成就;反之,惡行總會露出邪惡的尾巴。對於冒充基督宗徒的人,聖保祿宗徒的結論也是:「他們的結局必與他們的行為相對等。」(格後 11:15) 三﹑ 最後我們也要自我反省,有沒有自以為跟隨真理,而常常指責別人,墮入了成為假先知的圈套而不自知? 讓我們謙抑自下,時時以聖言警醒自己,也祈求天主給我們有辨別善惡的恩寵,好讓我們能一心一意跟隨祂。 「你們中誰若缺乏智慧,就該向那慷慨施恩於眾人,而從不責斥的天主祈求,天主必賜給他。」(雅1:5) Matthew 7:15-20 God has no difficulty determining whether a person is sincere or hypocritical, because He doesn’t judge from the appearance, but looks into the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). Yet He understands with our limited ability, we can only […]
Publish date: 2013 - 6 - 26


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Focolare 2: The Rich Young Man

Giovanni has the Chartered Account designation and has a bright future, but in order to respond to God's love and calling for him, he decided to give up everything to embark on a consecrated life as a core member of the Focolare Movement.
Publish date: 2013 - 3 - 17