20140428 Serve God in daily life 每天侍奉天主

 

St. Francis de Sales teaches us to be faithful in small things, to have a just and reasonable mind, and to regulate our desires.

 

Faithfulness in small things

 

St. Francis wrote,Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily; and our Lord Himself has told us that ‘he that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.’ If you do all in God’s name, all you do will be well done, whether you eat, drink or sleep, whether you amuse yourself or turn the spit, so long as you do all wisely, you will gain greatly as in God’s sight, doing all because He would have you do it.”

 

The Bishop of Belley wrote regarding St. Francis, “He surely practiced what he preached, for he was the most faithful man I ever knew. Not only was he very precise and reverent in every ceremony no matter how small— at the altar, in choir or in public office— but also in his private devotions. It was the same in his social habits; he never omitted anything.”

 

Just and reasonable

 

St. Francis wrote, “Reason is the special characteristic of man, and yet it is a rare thing to find really reasonable men….We find fault with our neighbor very readily for a small matter, while we pass over great things in ourselves. We strive to sell dear and buy cheap. We are eager to deal out strict justice to others, but to obtain indulgence for ourselves. We expect a good construction to be put on all we say, but we are sensitive and critical as to our neighbor’s words…… If some inferior is unacceptable to us, or we have once caught him in error, he is sure to be wrong in our eyes whatever he may do, and we are for ever thwarting, or looking coldly on him, while, on the other hand, some one who happens to please us is sure to be right.”

 

The saint advises us to put ourselves into our neighbor’s place, and to put our neighbor in our place. He wrote, “Sell as you would buy, and buy as you would sell, and your buying and selling will alike be honest.”

 

Our desires

St. Francis reminds us to avoid evil desires and urges us not to desire things which are dangerous to the soul. The saint also warns us not to indulge in longings after events which as yet are far distant, for they only distract and weary the heart.

He wrote, “If a young man gives way to overweening longings for an employment he cannot obtain yet a while, what good will it do him? If a married woman sets her heart on becoming a religious, or if I crave to buy my neighbor’s estate, he not being willing to sell it, is it not mere waste of time? If, when sick, I am restlessly anxious to preach or celebrate, to visit other sick people, or generally to do work befitting the strong, is it not an unprofitable desire, inasmuch as I have no power to fulfill it? And meanwhile these useless wishes take the place of such as I ought to have,– namely, to be patient, resigned, self-denying, obedient, gentle under suffering,–which are what God requires of me under the circumstances….. I can never think it well for one whose vocation is clear to waste time in wishing for some different manner of life than that which is adapted to his duty, or practices unsuitable to his present position–it is mere idling, and will make him slack in his needful work.“

May we all have the ardent desire to serve God faithfully in the ordinariness of our daily duties.

 

聖方濟.沙雷教我們,即使在小事上也要忠信,常存有正義和達理的思想,管制自己內心的欲望。

 

 

 

小事上忠信

 

 

 

聖方濟寫道:「在大事情上侍奉天主,機會未必常有,但我們日常生活的小節,常有侍奉天主的機會。就如耶穌所說『在小事上忠信的,在大事上也會忠信。』無論起居飲食、娛樂或辛勞,皆因天主而守本盡職,都會做得很好;在天主內是偉大的,亦是祂要我們作的。」

 

 

 

貝萊的主教憶道:「聖方濟言行共濟,是我所見最忠信的人;在祭台上、歌詠團、辦公室,大小細節,他都謙恭仔細完成,從不苟且,私下做的敬禮如是。在他的交際往還,他亦不會忽略任何事情。」

 

 

 

公義和達理

 

 

 

聖方濟指出:通情達理是人的特性,但卻又似乎很少找到真正達理的人。我們很容易看到別人眼中的木屑,而不顧自己眼中的大樑。我們會設法高價出售,賤價購買;又會寬己責人;我們說話會自以為是,對別人片言斷句,則窮追猛打。曾使自己不快的人,便感到他萬事俱惡,冷眼相看,諸事挑剔;相反,曾令自己感到快慰的人,只覺得他事事都好。

 

 

 

聖人勸告我們,設法替別人易地而處去考慮,也嘗試把別人代入自己:「要出售時想想你在買,要購買時,想想你在出售,你的買賣便會是忠實的買賣。」

 

 

 

我們的欲望

 

 

 

聖方濟提醒我們,要避免歪念妄欲,擯棄有害靈魂的思慾;並警告我們,不要過份遠慮,會令我們分心,使我們疲累。

 

 

 

他教導:譬如一位年青人,常渴望著一個現在不能得到的職位,對他會有什麼益處呢?若一個已婚婦女常想著要做修女,或我時時心繫業主不願出售的物業,又是否浪費時光呢?又如果我生了病,內心卻急著想要去講道、舉行彌撒、探訪病友,徘徊於健康能做的事情上,而實在事與願違,空著急對我又有何用呢?我應該忍耐、休息,在天主面前自我棄絕,服從祂的旨意,在病苦中保持溫良。假如要浪費時間,強行所不能,偏離份內的事情,我不會認定是對的;這等於游手好閒,忽略該作的本份。

 

 

 

讓我們從每天恪守己職、克盡本份中,熱心侍奉天主。

 

 

 

 

 

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