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Before our patron saint, Joseph of Cupertino, was accepted by the Franciscan order, the friars considered him so stupid, clumsy, and useless that the only job he might be capable of doing was taking care of the community mule—with whom Joseph did end up sharing living quarters in the stable. Were Joseph anybody else—perhaps someone more like us—he probably would have grown bitter and resentful at the way in which he was treated but instead, the opportunity to serve God and others, even in this very simple way, filled him with a spirit of joy. This spirit of joy never left him, even when his later tendency to fly through the air in religious ecstasy brought him great personal suffering, including virtual imprisonment for the last 10 years of his life.

庫比提諾的若瑟,本堂(庫比提諾市的聖若瑟堂)的主保聖人在被方濟會接受入會之前,弟兄們認定他是又笨又鈍,除了照顧修會的驢子之外,完全是一名廢物--說到照顧驢子,聖人還真的和驢子在驢廄中分享住所呢。你覺得若瑟是位特別的人物嗎?也許他和你、我也沒有什麼太大的分別,他可能因為被虐待而變得愁苦,同時敵視周遭。然而,聖人將這麼簡單的一件事情,當成事奉天主和服務他人的機會,喜樂充滿了他的心靈。即便是後來他因為宗教性的神魂超拔會在空中飛翔,為此帶給他個人極大的苦痛,甚至造成他在世最後十年的軟禁生涯,這分喜樂都一直跟隨著他。

看著滿屋的塵灰漫舞
每天早上醒來,晨曦從東邊的鐵窗横劈過來。我習慣躲到角落,塵灰漫舞,這是 一天之中最快樂的一件事。
那一年夏天,我們分開,陽光也是這般耀眼吧。
你還記得我嗎?今年換了新房間,陽光不見了,你依然在我深處。(澎湖鼎灣/大頭仔)

我們一群南北加州的教會好友,四月廿日從佛羅里達州登上遊輪,在大西洋上航行十天來到法國巴黎的外港拉哈維( La Havre )。我們一行廿五人放棄花都之旅,(因大部分朋友都已造訪過)而選擇位於諾曼地海邊的聖米歇小島,它的直徑不到一公里,郤昻然矗立了舉世聞名的城堡式修道院。西元708年,當地主教受到聖彌額爾總領天使的夢中啟示,要在花崗石的小山上造修道院,供人靜修默禱。在建築過程中神蹟不斷,最著名的是清澈的泉水源源不絕湧出,因而來朝聖的人越來越多,逐漸成為遠近馳名的朝聖地。(1979年被聯合國文教組織UNESCO列為歷史文化遺產)。洛杉磯的劉執事在一個多月前,已經向巴黎的「歐來歐去」旅行社定妥旅遊巴士以及司機和導遊,才能下船後順利到達目的地。

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