“With malice toward none, with charity for all…” by Abraham Lincoln

So I learn from David Brook’s column “America: The Redeemer Nation” on Nov. 23, 2017 on https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/23/opinion/america-the-redeemer-nation.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur

Also listen to one of my favorite popular voices in Mandarin on Youtube.com here 李美熹 – 飄洋過海來看你 (“Cross the Ocean to See You.”

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Quote: “The final prayer [of Abraham Lincoln] heralds a new beginning: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds…to achieve lasting peace among all nations.”

In his speech, Lincoln realistically acknowledges the divisions and disappointments that plague the nation. But he does not accept the inevitability of a house divided. He combines Christian redemption with the multiculturalist’s love of diversity. In one brilliant stroke, Lincoln deprives Christian politics of the chauvinism and white identitarianism that we see now on the evangelical right. He fills the vacuum of moral vision that we see now on the relativist left. He shows how American particularism always points to universalism — how the specific features of our settler’s history and culture point to vision of communion for all mankind. This is a story we can join and live into.” Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/23/opinion/america-the-redeemer-nation.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur

“我心將往 玉宇芬芳 愛恨入土方得安詳”

Click on the following web link or on the image to listen to my favorite song.


Also, my meditating music while practicing tennis groundstrokes: 羋月傳 配樂 – 楚國情歌 排蕭演奏 (完整版)


Lyrics (主題曲《滿月》of TV series titled 《羋月傳》):

平生留戀 獨步炎涼 幸有天留一點溫情可想

才能面向 黃沙千丈 湧我心海不可量

世間哀愁 無止無休 離散訣別我來一一從頭

我願上蒼 在我之後 讓天下骨肉相守

我心將往 玉宇芬芳 愛恨入土方得安詳

我心將往 燭火之光 滿月 隔外荒涼

“In order to pray the first thing to say is ‘Father.’”

Quote: In an off-the-cuff remark, Francis underlined that praying also means being in silence with God. He scolded faithful who believe that Mass is a time for chitchat. “It is not a moment to converse, it’s a moment of silence to prepare for dialogue. The moment to collect one’s heart to prepare for the encounter with the Lord,” the pope said Nov. 15.

In the Gospel, Jesus looked for secluded areas to pray. His disciples yearned to have the same intimate relationship with God and asked him to teach them how to pray. The first thing Jesus told them is that in order to pray the first thing to say is ‘Father.’

“If I am not able to call God Father, I am not able to pray,” Francis said. “This is the first point: to be humble, recognize oneself as son, rest in the Father, trust in Him. To enter the Kingdom of Heaven it’s necessary to make oneself small like children.”

Children, the pope continued, know that their parents will take care of them and “trust and have confidence” in them implicitly, and the faithful must have the same trust and confidence in their relationship with God.

The second point, Francis continued, is also to be like children by allowing oneself to be amazed. Children “always ask a thousand questions because they wish to understand the world and are surprised even by small things because everything is new to them,” he said.

Quoting the Gospel according to John, the pope asked if we are ready to be “reborn from above” and if it’s possible before the everyday tragedies to find once more “the taste, the joy, the astonishment of life.” The desire to be reborn is at the heart of every believer but Francis warned that our spiritual life can be easily lost in the hustle and bustle of daily life.

“In truth, the Lord amazes us by showing us that He loves us even in our weaknesses,” Francis said. “The Lord always forgives us.”

Source: https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/11/15/pope-francis-enter-kingdom-heaven-let-amazed/

胭脂雪 by 東北餡餃子&繪愫《琵琶 / 古箏 / Zither / Guzheng / Pipa / Lute》

I love it: this one “胭脂雪 by 東北餡餃子&繪愫《琵琶 / 古箏 / Zither / Guzheng / Pipa / Lute》” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAqOKs2t4Vs
鑌:你的淚滿天飛舞 我在躊躇該不該停下腳步   怕你義無反顧 怕你愛的辛苦 怕你不給自己留一點退路
娜:我不怕辛苦 只怕留不住 你的掌心殘留的溫度   如果天涯我背負 一輩子的孤獨 我只想你抱著我哭
鑌:前世欠的債 今生總要還 讓我陪你走完這一段
娜:我不怕承擔 全世界都背叛 是你讓我沒有了遺憾
合:哪天夜裡下每一場胭脂雪 你和我都模糊了視線   人有悲歡離合 月有陰晴圓缺 愛自古難全
鑌:你的淚滿天飛舞 我在躊躇該不該停下腳步   怕你義無反顧 怕你愛的辛苦 怕你不給自己留一點退路
娜:我不怕辛苦 只怕留不住 你的掌心殘留的溫度   如果天涯我背負 一輩子的孤獨 我只想你抱著我哭
鑌:前世欠的債 今生總要還 讓我陪你走完這一段 娜:我不怕承擔 全世界都背叛 是你讓我沒有了遺憾
合:哪天夜裡下每一場胭脂雪 你和我都模糊了視線   人有悲歡離合 月有陰晴圓缺 愛自古難全
娜:愛自古難全 合:你在我心裡永遠不變 永遠不變

A music for my heart: 楚國情歌 – 似水流年《排簫 / Panpipes / Pan flute》

A music for my heart, tears; and let go of my mind to let heart fly: “刻苦铭心… 不可以不怀念。”.  It is also the meditating music I play in my head while practicing tennis forehand & backhand groundstrokes: “羋月傳 配樂 – 楚國情歌 排蕭演奏” https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=98&v=wQIjz68rr2E

羋月傳 配樂 - 楚國情歌 排蕭演奏
羋月傳插曲 – 楚國情歌 – 似水流年《排簫 / Panpipes / Pan flute》Chinese Instrumental” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwkqaxXe3Fw