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Missing Don

Yesterday at the meeting of our “Wisdom Practice Circle” we were missing two of our members, one of whom was our “token male.” We never think of Don as “token” and spoke clearly at the end of our gathering about the fact that there was a slightly different feel in the energy of the group this time. 265 more words

Eros and Anthropology (more on The Benedict Option)

I’m approaching the end of these posts about The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher. The penultimate chapter of the book is about sex because this is one area that our culture is particularly confused about and contrary to traditional Christianity, and because it is an area that touches biblical, traditional anthropology deeply. 565 more words

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All Saints Day

Sunday, November 5th was All Saints Day.  A celebration of all those men and women who have been canonized by the Church.  Do you have a headache? 166 more words

All Saints Day

All Saints Day

Today is All Saints Day. It is a feast day to celebrate all of the saints who don’t have their own feast days.  When I was confirmed, I chose St. 270 more words

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St.Teresa on The Value of Holy Water 

HOW ST. TERESA VALUED HOLY WATER.


If you wish to inquire the value of some precious jewel or gold ornament, you do not ask the next best man in the street, a hawker or the baker‟s boy. 1,013 more words

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初遇大德蘭 — 生平、祈禱、境界

書  名:初遇大德蘭 生平、祈禱、境界

作  者:黎嘉賢

出  版:詩篇小室

出版日期:2017 年

頁  數:102 頁

定  價:HK$67

聖女大德蘭 (St Teresa of Avila) 是五個世紀之前的人,被喻為「天主的教誨」,是教會聖師,可謂聖人中的聖人。十月中旬,就是她的瞻禮。瞻禮即是聖人離世的日子,也等於在天國誕生的時候。

較為熟悉大德蘭的人,一定聽過她曾經「神魂超拔」,神秘經驗十分豐富。可能你會問:「你不是在說笑吧?真的神魂超拔?怎可以?」的確,只要你願意花心思進入她的幾本經典著作,包括《自傳》、《全德之路》和《七寶樓臺》(後譯為《靈心城堡》),你必會讀到她曾多次、公開地讓別人目睹她的「神魂超拔」。那時候,聖女最希望別人見到的,不是那「神奇」、「古怪」的一刻,而是她與上主的最密契最親密的時刻。

我十分喜歡大德蘭,不單單是她的「高境界」或神秘性。另一面,我也愛她的「十分到地」。她屬於加爾默羅會的修女,但不是單單關閉自己在修院內祈禱。細讀她的生平,她曾領導修會進行改革,又創建接近二十所修院,面對同會修女的反擊或挑戰,仍堅定不移,迎向一個又一個的關卡與衝擊。她的神師,正正是另一位偉大的神秘性靈修大師聖十字若望,縱然若望年紀比德蘭少足足二十七年。

讀大德蘭的書非常不容易,困難的地方不在文字,是在境界。她以七層樓臺比喻祈禱中與上主的經驗,一層復一層,越往高處,越離開我們所熟悉的,需要意會、咀嚼、沉澱,嘗試去明白。因此,今次想介紹這本新鮮出爐的《初遇大德蘭》,可謂集大德蘭著作之精華,適當地引述每一層境界中聖女的描述,更易於我們吸收,是理解大德蘭默觀祈禱的上佳入門。

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