The Presence of Loved Ones

On 25th November 2019, our Vice Principal Mr. Ching shared with us many of his personal encounters with students, through which he realized the importance of the presence of loved ones during dark times. He pointed out that the political turmoil had left everyone feeling powerless and uncertain. Yet Mr. Ching discovered that the most powerful remedy was simply the presence of those who loved and cared about us. These special someone included God, who loved us deeply and saved up every single drop of tear we shed in secret.

So in this moment of darkness and uncertainty, let us lift up our eyes to the Lord and open our senses to feel His comforting presence. For as the Holy Bible comforts us: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

Is it a Big Loss?

In his weekly message on 21st October 2019, our Vice Principal Mr. Leung tried to guide us to answer a serious question: “Isn’t it a big loss, if you don’t get a happy future after spend a lot of time or resources?” Using the award winning children picture book, "Sam and Dave, dig a hole", Mr. Leung pointed out that since as limited human beings, we could never know the full picture of our future or see any missed opportunities that had never been presented to us, like the Sam and Dave had never seen the diamonds and would never know that they had missed them. So it is really irrelevant to struggle at the question to evaluate our losses. Instead, Mr. Leung encouraged us to focus on the process, on the journey that we were taking to achieving something. Sometimes, when we do so, minor details that most people miss could be “pretty spectacular” to us, and other times, the journey itself may be the great reward.

So let us not only focus on the results when we are not getting any just yet. Some struggles are meant to be long and fruitless in any foreseeable future, but they are never meaningless in your life’s journey.

Prayer in Dark Times

After more than a month of eventful Mondays, our principal Mr. Iu was finally able to deliver our first Weekly Message for 2019-2020 school year on 21st October 2019. Raising the questions of what we could do during this dark hour of our generation, Mr. Iu shared with all students a radio interview with Cardinal Tong. In his interview, Cardinal Tong encouraged us not to stop praying as we could experience God the most in the darkest hour and the lowest valley of our life. Prayer could also transform us to face challenges courageously. The Cardinal ensured us that God’s presence among us had never changed despite the drastic changes we experience in the past 5 months. He also encouraged us to find comfort from trustworthy friends and avoid getting overwhelmed by anger, as it only arouse bitterness and violence.

Let’s maintain a pure heart and turn ourselves to God in this moment of uncertainty. Have peace in our prayers, know that the darkness will pass and we will see answers we so desperately needed.

Lesson of Humility from The Savior of Mothers

On 20th May 2019, Mr. Leung, our vice-principal, gave us an important message about humility through the tragic life story of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian obstetrician who was considered the “savior of mothers”. Mr. Leung explained that Dr. Semmelweis was a genius in using scientific method to isolate the cause of Puerperal Fever, the number one killer in child delivery ward at that time. Through his careful observation, Dr. Semmelweis first conceptualized the existence of disease-casing particles, germs, and developed very simple antiseptic procedures that drastically increased the survival rate of mothers during childbirths. Yet for his arrogance and those of his contemporaries, his discovery was not widely accepted in his life time until much later. Mr. Leung challenged us to work with others with a humble heart. To be humble and gentle when communicating is difficult when we are so eager to show others that we are right. But until we learn to do so, our geniuses might just be stumbling blocks for us and for others.

Be Humble

On 6th May 2019, Mr. Iu gave us a simple message of life and being humble. Using the roller-coaster-like life story of Michael Schumacher, the legendary figure in F1-Fomula racing, Mr. Iu illustrated that life was very fragile and unpredictable. He pointed out that anybody at the peak of his life or career could fall to pit bottom when life took a sharp turn, like Schumacher did when he was paralyzed from a skiing accident at the peak of his racing career. So we should all be humble in front of the Lord who is the ultimate master of life and don’t take wonderful things in our life for granted.

Regardless of our situations in life, good or bad, high or low, let’s take a step back and appreciate what the Lord has given us and realize that we are nothing without these gifts.

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