電子愛火Flamma Seraphica Electronica 104
A LIVING SONG OF THANKSGIVING TO GOD
| 老 --- 本來是人生必經的過程，但是，人對老總是懷著非常惆悵的心態，當自己看見了頭上多了許多白髮，步伐開始放慢，以前很喜愛出街，愛熱鬧，現在卻想靜靜地一個人聽聽音樂。當年青人站起來讓坐時，有些人簡直是不知所措。不停問自己是否那年青人看錯了，不是我，是我後面的那一位亞婆或亞伯。但當年青人不停的讓坐，或有禮貌的叫一聲
"早晨，亞婆" ， "早晨，亞伯" ，自己連自信心也像失去了，感到無限的恐懼。
雖然耶穌沒有對我們說長壽是好，但他在世的生命卻給了我們一個明確的信息，那就是，無論我們的壽命是長或短，只要我們配合天主的聖意，好好地生活，那才是最好的。管它是三十歲，六十歲，一百歲，只要我們好好地活著,才有價值。這就是 "老" ， 這也就是老的價值。
1. Please pray for the eldy and sick brothers and sisters.
2. In January, the OFM celebrated their Provincial Chapter in Taiwan.
The new provincial is Fr.Thaddeus
Kao. Let us pray for them .
3. In June, the OFS shall have their provincial chapter. Please keep
them in your prayers!
Mary Sonia OSC
from Issue 103)
Contemplate Him Having known God in a deeper level, moves us to commit ourselves to Him. St. Clare in her third letter to St. Agnes of Prague, encouraged her (and us) to :
Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance!
And transform your entire being into the image
Of the Godhead Itself through contemplation.
Contemplation in Clare's mind is to be totally absorbed in God. It is like a drop of water falling into the ocean. As long as it remains apart from the larger body of water, its just a drop of water. But once it falls, it unites, then it becomes the ocean. This can also be best described in the gospel of John, Chapter 15- " I am the Vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in Me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from ME, you can do nothing".
Contemplation is being aware that God is in us, that " in Him we move and have our being". As we breathe, eat, rest, work and pray, He is present to us more than we to ourselves. So we just have to take some moments of quiet where we can be present and aware of this wonderful reality that lies hidden to those who are so caught up in the world. Making it a habit to spend five to ten minutes of quiet at the start of the day and before retiring, would help us sharpen our sense of awareness to the present moment where God is always alive!
Desire to imitate Him "For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead"(James 3:26). Our love can only be whole once it is shared and given. Clare like Francis has the deep desire for the mission. In her second letter she exhorted St. Agnes in these words :
that you are my disciples, if you have love for one anothers (John 14:34-35)
If you suffer with Him, you will reign with Him. If you weep with Him, you shall rejoice with Him; If you die with Him on the cross of tribulation, you shall possess heavenly mansions in the splendor of the saints and , in the Book of Life, your name shall be called glorious among men". Jesus in the last supper gave His disciples a new commandment. " I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know
. In this world we are His hands by which He will touch the hearts of the lonely and oppressed, bring healing to the sick; we are His voice to proclaim the Kingdom, to comfort the sorrowful, to give advice to the lost; we are His feet to go to the farthest corners of the world to bring His love, to lead others to the Way, to carry the burdened and dying; we are his eyes to give direct the way of others, to help them see the wonders of creation; we are His heart to love, to forgive, to console and give hope to His flock.
May we, in our weakness and frailty, be like St. Clare a living song of gratitude to God who created us . That in our thanksgiving we may be able to inspire others to see the wonders and marvels that God in His mercy has done in our midst. And when sister Death comes, we too, may be able to say; " Go forth my soul without anxiety, for you have a good escort for your journey, for He who created you has made you holy" (St. Clare).