London + Jean Vanier

I found that most of what I wanted to talk about has already been covered by Miss Wong’s =P So let me paste the links of their blogs in mine =P
 
Big Wong
 
Wong #2 (yeah, you’re always #2 =P you became our human recorder for the talk..yeayea)
 
Regarding "living at the present", yeah… I never understood what that really meant before… but now I guess I do… It’s so hard to do though. And Amy mentioned to me (after we got back to TO, walking in T&T) a bible verse which has to do with "living at the present" too (she was actually talking about sth else, but I think the bible quote fits with this theme very well le…):
 

Matthew 6:25-34

為此,我告訴你們:不要為你們的生命憂慮吃什麼,或喝什麼;也不要為你們的身體憂慮穿什麼。 難道生命不是貴於食物,身體不是貴於衣服嗎﹖

你們仰觀天空的飛鳥,牠們不播種,也不收穫,也不在糧倉裏屯積,你們的天父還是養活牠們;你們不比牠們更貴重嗎﹖

你們中誰能運用思慮,使自己的壽數增加一肘呢﹖

關於衣服,你們又憂慮什麼﹖你們觀察一下田間的百合花怎樣生長:它們既不勞作,也不紡織;

可是我告訴你們:連撒羅滿在他極盛的榮華時代所披戴的,也不如這些花中的一朵.

田裏的野草今天還在,明天就投在爐中,天主尚且這樣裝飾,信德薄弱的人哪,何況你們呢﹖

所以,你們不要憂慮說:我們吃什麼,喝什麼,穿什麼﹖

因為這一切都是外邦人所尋求的;你們的天父原曉得你們需要這一切。

你們先該尋求天主的國和它的義德,這一切自會加給你們。

所以你們不要為明天憂慮,因為明天有明天的憂慮:一天的苦足夠一天受的了。

 

Regarding the other thing which I got out from Jean’s talk, it’s about "messengers of hope". Most of us would tend to think when we help the unfortunate, those who’re handicapped, we’re *helping* them. But in fact we’re often the ones who should learn from them. Why are those who are handicapped, those who are marginalized the "messengers of hope"? It’s because despite of their disabilities, they still live every moment to its fullest… Like what Jean said, they’re so fully alive… If they could do it despite their apparent disabilities, doesn’t that bring the rest of us a message of hope?

 

I was disappointed that the talk was so short, but then I realized at his age, it’s pretty unreasonable to expect he’d give a 2-hr talk. As Maria said, being able to see him in-person is good already =)

 

The dinner was really great, it’s true Italian food with reasonable price (the pasta is quite big!). Here’s the name and the address of the restaurant, if you go to London, give it a try la:

 

Bertoldi’s – Classic Italian Restaurant & Bar

650 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3G6

T: 519-438-4343

http://www.bertoldis.ca/ (menu provided at their website in PDF format! Try Rosa’s Chicken for $14.99 if you go there )

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