Monday, August 23, 2010

The Call to Prayer....Lord teach us to pray (Lk 11:1-4)

At catechism class, we were discussing about the church bells and the call to prayer. One of my student told me that he was irritated with the Islamic call to prayer i.e the Azan which is uttered loud via speakers. I then shared with the class about my experiences upon hearing the Azan. This is what i shared to them:-

I stay near 2 'surau' and I work next to a mosque. So I hear the Islamic call to prayer 5 times a day. I am actually very happy with this environment. This is because, as my Muslim friends are reminded to pray, I too am reminded to pray. Each time I hear the Azan, I pray softly in my heart, be it The Angelus or The Lord's Prayer or the Hail Mary. I pray for any intention that comes to my mind at that time. Hearing the Azan always, I can say I am lucky, for it is a good reminder; an opportunity to pray.

For Catholics, we too have such reminder to pray; i.e the Angelus. Sadly most churches do not toll the bell anymore. The tolling of bells for Angelus is at 6am, noon and 6pm.
Hmmm for me then it's a good 8 reminders a day to pray i.e. 5Azan+3Angelus=8 (reminder) call to prayer...hehehe

The clip below is a solemn, melodious Azan:-

And here is the Angelus:-

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Honey....I shrunk the food.

I had this craving for a fast food which the last time ate was ages. I went to the outlet, placed my order and was told that I have to wait for about 10mins. I agreed and paid for it and after getting my change I just stood next to the counter since it was a 'take-away' and moreover there were no one behind me at the queue. The cashier was polite and friendly. After seeing me standing there, she offered me to sit and gave me a drink 'on the house'. Wow what a hospitality! This is the 1st time in 33 years I have received such hospitality at a fast-food joint. In less than 10mins I got my food. I extended my appreciation and told them how pleased I was at their service and hospitality.

Upon reaching home (my room for a matter of fact), I poured myself a glass of red wine and brought out a bottle of chili sauce. But what shocked me was the meal that I got. When I opened the box, I found that the particular food I ordered was small. I was thinking to myself..did they give me the wrong food?? Did they give me a kid's meal? It cant be, because this particular item is not in the kid's menu. As I mentioned earlier the last time I ate that particular food was ages, and at that time it was huge....sigh... Hmmmm what happened? It is true that the food items are not as what it looks like as how it is advertise...but why shrink the food? Expensive some more... sighhhh.

I wonder what's the reaction of the founder/creator of the fast-food restaurant when they come to know that their signature food items have been shrunk.