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The four aspects of wealth

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There are four aspects of wealth:
1. Intelligence / wisdom (智慧)
2. spiritual (心灵)
3. horizons (眼光)
4. materials (人财产)

I could not agree more.
Since a young kid, I always admire religious family, they seem to be happy even if they are not rich by the world standard. This is because they have God in their heart. God is a source of wealth and love. God is wealth and love.

Do not work for big companies forever, we must 创业.
Ignore those people who say that you have ambition (野心).

Thank you so much to my doctor for this advice.

March 2013:
While reading my old green notebook inherited from F,
I encounter a quote from Theodore Forstmann.
REAL WEALTH is not PHYSICAL.”
According to him, physical wealth can disappear;
government can take it away,
natural disasters can wipe it out,
criminals / terrorists can steal / rob / destroy it,
and so on.
METAPHYSICAL WEALTH cannot be taken away,
it is the driver for all of the growth
that takes place in the world.

Blueroselady thinks that
METAPHYSICAL WEALTH is the FOUNDATION for PHYSICAL WEALTH.
METAPHYSICAL WEALTH includes spiritual wealth, knowledge, wisdom, and horizon.

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March 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

How do I know God's will for me?

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Fr Paul Boudreau suggests need no further than Scripture, the Church and my own personal history.

Finding the will of God is really important for those of us who love the Lord and want to live our lives according to His purpose for us.

We have the Bible, the Word of God that "was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope" (Romans 15:4)

By prayer we can discern ‘what is the will of God and obtain the endurance to do it’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church no 2826).

We already know the will of God.
It is spoken somewhere deep within us, in the hidden part of our hearts where God is known and encountered.
It is where God’s love is generated in us, in our strongest desires.

GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US,
through the crooked ways and the straight,
the successes and the failures.

People have a natural desire for happiness.
This desire is of divine origin:
God has placed it in the human heart in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill it.
Catechism no. 1718

Look in my heart.
What is my true desire?
Follow that desire; do what I love.

I love to share my love, my knowledge, my encouragement and my smiles.

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May 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Learning from Father Ronald Rolheiser

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@~@

Regaining that strength of heart.

… through that prayer, Eljah regained his strength of heart and came dow the mountain ready to face his ministry and all its dangers with renewed energy and courage.

We are human and, like Jesus, we will have days when we feel “a stone’s throw away from everyone”

… our capacity to forgive; our capacity to radiate huge, generous hearts;
our capacity for empathy and understanding;
our capacity for joy and our capacity for courage.

@~@

See also editing our own life  and ego and God.

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December 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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Questions for thought across Europe and Asia

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Why are there very few female pilots?

Why many people love branded stuff?
1. feel good.
2. can afford them.
anything else … ?

Lancome Genifique. Youth is in your genes. Reactivate it. Discover the skin you were born to have. Is it just a bold advertisement or does it really work?

Why am I a Catholic?
1. Mother Teresa
2. Love and lover
3. Universal mass

Why is Black Sea called Black Sea?
The Black Sea got its name from the Ottoman Turks. ‘Kara (Black)’ denotes ‘North’ in Medieval Turkish.
Black Sea is rough, with dangerous high waves and currents for swimmers.

When can we see tulip?
Late March to early May. Best bet is early to mid April.

Where does tulip come from?
The 1st tulip bulbs were introduced to Netherlands from Istanbul.

Why are Turkish ice creams elastic?
The ice cream usually incorporates ORCHID ROOT EXTRACT that gives it an incredible chewy and stringy texture.

Where can trains from Istanbul go to? Belgrade, Sofia, Bucharest, Budapest, Thessaloniki, Aleppo, Teheran.

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August 31, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Ego and God

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Ego, God, and Ministry by Ron Rolheiser

2010-08-01

Renowned theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar, once suggested that there two different dramas we can live out in life, an ego-drama or a Theo-Drama.

We live an ego-drama when we draw our basic energies from our ego and from the highs and lows that our ego undergoes in life, feeling good when things are going well and feeling depressed when they are not. When we are living an ego-drama we are easily, and often, discouraged, angry, and depressed.

We live a Theo-Drama when we draw our energies from something beyond ourselves, from God. When we do this the highs and lows of our daily lives do not affect us so deeply and we are less prone to discouragement, anger, and depression because we are drawing meaning and energy from something beyond the fluctuations of our own egos.

Nowhere is this truer than in ministry where, invariably, we are either too full of ourselves when things are going well or too discouraged and angry when they are not. There’s a story inside the mystical tradition of Islam that brilliantly illustrates this. It has different versions, all making the same point, but here’s the one with which I’m most familiar:

Once upon a time there was a young man, full of sincerity and idealism, who felt the call to preach God’s challenge and consolation to the world. So he went into the deep woods and apprenticed himself to the Elders who trained him and when they felt he was ready laid hands on him, blessed him, and sent him out to preach God’s challenge and consolation.

And this is how he did it: Each day he would enter a town just before noon when the market squares were most crowded and cry out: “Does anyone want to hear about God’s challenge and consolation?” Always there would be someone, an elder, who would step forward and say: “Yes, we will hear you speak on this.” And the elder would take him to his house and after the supper meal some people would gather. But not many people would come, and some would come late and others would leave early, and he sensed they were listening to him only out of politeness, without real interest. So after each such session the young man would go back to his lodgings feeling empty, discouraged, thinking that these surely were not the people to whom he had been called to minister.

So it went on, for a long time, a short time, or for whatever time it was: Each day this cycle would repeat itself; He would go into a town, cry out, ask if anyone was interested in hearing about God’s challenge and consolation, always an elder would step forward and take him to his house, each night a small group would gather, some would arrive late and others would leave early, they would listen to him politely, engage him in polite questions, and he would leave feeling empty and discouraged.

Until one day he entered a town just as he always did, cried out just as he always did, and an elder stepped forward just as was the pattern. But this time things were different: Instead of taking him to his house, the elder took him to the town square where a platform had been erected and a large number of seats set up. That evening the whole square filled with people and no one arrived late and no one left early, and they listened to him intently and engaged him in deep questions long into the night.

He went back his lodgings that night filled with energy and all the next day he worked enthusiastically at preparing what he would say that night. And when he got to the town square that evening it was just as the night before, a huge crowd had gathered. But, just as he was about to step up to speak, the elder tugged at his sleeve and said: “Someone else will speak tonight, not you.” And it was just as the night before, nobody came late and nobody left early and everyone listened intently and engaged the speaker in deep questions long into the night.

But the young man felt empty and listened without heart. When it was over, he returned to his lodging nursing an inchoate frustration. The next morning, early, he packed his few belongings and began to walk out of the town when, just at its edge, the elder stopped him and asked: “Why are you leaving us?” The young man replied: “It seems you don’t need me to preach to you, you have others.”

And so the elder took him by his sleeve and said gently: “Let me give you a counsel: The person who was so full of himself two nights ago and the person who was so empty of himself last night – neither of those persons is you. Stay with us and let us teach you who you are.”

Wise, wise words, carrying a meaning far deeper than first imagined.

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August 17, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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Editing our own life

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Editing Your Own Life by Ron Rolheiser

2010-08-15

The laws of mathematics and physics have forever been one of our great constants. They are predictable and reliable, not given to strange surprises. But now, more and more, scientists are finding that even the laws of physics sometimes offer unexpected surprises and exhibit a freedom that leaves us baffled. Freedom, it seems, is everywhere.

Novelists have always known this. A novelist creates an imaginary character, begins to write a story, and then discovers that this character doesn’t always want to follow what the author had in mind for her. She becomes her own person, develops her own attitude, goes her own way, and shapes the story in a way that the novelist never intended. In the end, partly independent of the author, each character writes his or her own story.

In a new book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller takes this concept and uses it to offer a wonderful challenge within which each of us is invited to edit our own life so as to make our story a BETTER and MORE NOBLE one.

He does this through a series of autobiographical essays within which he challenges himself to write a better story with his own life and then invites his readers to each edit our own lives so as to build a story which is more interesting and more noble, one which, like a great movie, will leave its audience in tears and longing to do better things with their lives when the final credits roll.

Here’s how he describes this: “So I was writing my novel, and as my characters did what they wanted, I became more and more aware that somebody was writing me. So I started listening to the Voice, or rather, I started calling it the Voice and admitting there was a Writer. I admitted that something other than me was showing me a better way. And when I did this, I realized the Voice, the Writer, who was not me, was trying to make a better story, a more meaningful series of experiences I could live through.”

His writing is brilliant but deceptive. Because of his particular genre, he can seem almost superficial at times, but, in the end, what you get is a combination of David Sedaris (wit, playful self-effacement), Annie Lamott (earthy, disarmingly direct), Kathleen Norris (outstanding common sense, intelligence), Henri Nouwen (an honest look at yourself) and Ignatius of Loyola (good rules for discernment and a bit of a guide to everything). Donald Miller runs all of this through a blender.

Initially, as I read the first chapters, I was taken only by his language and not by his content. He sounded more the comic wit than the wise elder. But slowly, almost imperceptibly, and this is his genius, depth, idealism, Christian vision, disarming common sense, and his real challenge begin to seep through, becoming clearer and more inviting as his story goes on.

Here’s an example of both his writing and his depth. In this a passage he shares how he discerns the real voice of God from the many false, neurotic voices that he, and most everyone else, commonly can confuse with God’s voice:

“As a kid, the only sense I got from God was guilt, something I dismissed as a hypersensitive conscience I got from being raised in a church with a controlling pastor. But that isn’t the voice I’m talking about. … The real Voice is stiller and smaller and seems to know, without confusion, the difference between right and wrong and the subtle delineation between the beautiful and the profane. It’s not an agitated Voice, but ever patient as though it approves a million false starts. The Voice I am talking about is a deep water of calming wisdom that says: Hold your tongue; don’t talk about that person that way; forgive the friend you haven’t talked to; don’t look at that woman as a possession; I want to show you the sunset; look and see how short life is and how your troubles are not worth worrying about; buy that bottle of wine and call your friend and see if he can get together, because, remember, he was supposed to have that conversation with his daughter, and you should ask him about it.”

And that Voice, he says, is forever saying to us: “Enjoy your place in my story. The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create it even as I have created you.”

In the end, this book is a healthy apologetic for faith, morality, decency, and God, the kind of challenge we badly need today. I was given the book by friend who has a twenty-something daughter who has long protested her doubts about God and, not least, her agnosticism about the church. This young post-Christian, my friend said, found the book on the kitchen table, picked it up out of curiosity, and then read it cover to cover, admitting that she was much challenged by it.

Now that’s not a bad endorsement!

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August 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

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Morning Prayer in Summer 2010

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Our Father in Heaven and Holy God,
who are beyond our understanding.
In Your mercy,
you gave us rest through night-long sleep,
and raised us to glorify YOUR GOODNESS,
to DO YOUR WILL through the gifts and talents you gave us.
In Your own tender LOVE,
accept us who adore You
and give thanks to You with all our heart.
In Your generosity,
please GUIDE us in our study,
so that we produce innovations and publish manuscripts useful for others,
our reviewers and examiners serve as mentors,
through You we find JOY, HOPE, and PASSION in our research,
please give us FAITH, STRENGTH and PERSEVERANCE to continue the marathon,
and graduate from our PhD program.
In Your humility,
please remind us that whatever we have and achieve
are possible only with Your Grace and our hard work.
In the abundance of Your MERCIES,
please grant our families and loved ones
a happy, healthy, and peaceful life,
please heal our loved ones who are ill,
please help us to forgive those who have sinned againsts us,
as You have forgiven our sins.
Mother Mary, all Angels and Saints,
please pray for us.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
always, now and forever.
Amen.

One of my former roommate wrote this in facebook:
In God’s presence, we realize how large and powerful He is, and the world and its problems become small…. But when we take our eyes off the Lord and focus on our problems, they threaten to swallow us up.

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June 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm

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