[2019/CR/20] Called to Holiness: Blossoming in the Garden of God (in Mandarin) by Fr Joseph Ng Swee Chun

Retreat is available for registration.

From 25 October 2019 6:00 pm until 27 October 2019 3:00 pm

Called to Holiness: Blossoming in the Garden of God (in Mandarin) 

This retreat is a response to Vatican’s universal call to holiness and Pope Francis’ exhortation “Rejoice and be Glad” – on the call to holiness in today’s world.  Retreatants are invited to appreciate and live out the truth, goodness and beauty of the call to holiness. Adopted from the “Story of a Soul” by St. Theresa of Lisieux, we are all called in our uniqueness to become saints of God, to see oneself as a lovely flower blossoming in the garden of God. All the flowers God has created are lovely. The splendour of the rose and whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. 

“It is just the same in the world of souls – which is the garden of Jesus. He has created the great saints who are like the lilies and the roses, but He has also created much lesser saints and they must be content to be the daisies or the violets which rejoice His eyes whenever He glances down. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being that which He wants us to be.”

成圣的召叫——绽放在天主的花园里

这次的静省(避静)是回应梵蒂冈第二次大公会议论及所有基督徒普遍被召叫成圣的使命,以及教宗方济各的宗座劝谕《你们要欢喜踊跃》

论于当代世界成圣的召叫。参与者被诚邀去赞赏和活出成圣使命中的真、善、美。根据圣女小德兰回忆录《一朵小白花》,我们皆因着个人的独特性而被召成为天主的圣者,每一个人有如一朵美丽的花朵绽放在天主的花园里。凡是天主所创造的花儿都是美丽的;玫瑰的光艳,百合花的洁白,一点都不会掩盖住小紫罗兰的馨香,或是雏菊赏心悦目的素朴。「在这个众灵魂的世界,亦即我主耶稣的花园里,又何尝不是如此呢,天主愿意创造那些比拟玫瑰和百合花的伟大灵魂;但是,祂也创造了那些较为平凡的灵魂,他们要甘心乐于成为紫罗兰或是雏菊,而当天主往祂的脚下观看时,这些花朵便向祂绽放出喜悦。同样的,成圣的成全与完满,就在于遵行天主的旨意,每个独特的生命绽放而成为祂所愿意的圣者。

Fr. Joseph Ng Swee Chun, SJ is a Malaysian Jesuit Priest based in Johor Bahru. Besides getting involved in pastoral services and formation works, he has conducted various thematic retreats in Mandarin in both the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur and Melaka-Johor Diocese. He appreciates the great value of Ignatian spirituality to be shared with Christians seeking discerning and transformative life that is conformed to Christ.