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.

The Master of Your Life

On 8th April 2019, Brother John asked each of us an important question, “Who is the master of your life?” He pointed out that though most people nowadays claimed that they were masters of their own lives but in reality, they were enslaved by something when God was not the master, and most likely by Satan. Explaining from his own personal experience, Brother John highlighted that we were not well-suited to be masters to make all important life decisions because we were ignorant and selfish. He urged us to submit our lives’ authority to the Lord, who is the all-knowing creator who loves us.

This is not an easy message to take in. Giving up authority sounds like a powerless act but think about it, Jesus has shown us that there was more power in submission to the highest power. Through his humble submission to His Father’s will, He accomplished the unimaginable and changed the history of the world.

It’s Your Family, Not just Your Parents’

On 1st April 2019, Mr. Shing gave us a simple yet profound message about family, which one of the 5 Catholic core values. The simple message was that ‘my family not only belongs to my parents but to me as well’. It sounds trivial but how many times have we placed responsibilities and even blames on our parents when we equally responsible? It is as if we have forgotten our roles as a family member when something bad happens in the family.

Let’s absorb Mr. Shing message to our hearts, put down own phones and spend some time with our family tonight. Remember that when bad things happen in the family, you can do something as well.

Listen to Our Heroes!

On 18th March 2019, Mr. Ching gave us a message about adopting a positive outlook to life. He used quotes from various celebrities or heroes to encourage us.

To those who felt disappointed about their failures and poor performances, Mr. Ching quoted NBA legend, Michael Jordan’s words, “I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

To those who constantly stayed in their comfort zone and saw no need to improve themselves, Mr. Ching quoted words from two brightest stars in the current world of soccer. Cristiano Ronaldo once said, “Talent without working hard is nothing.” Another star footballer, Lionel Messi, told the world, “The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player.”

To those who lost focus, Mr. Ching quoted from our famous alumnus and world-renowned martial artist, Bruce Lee, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

To those who thought they had lost the fight even at the starting line, Mr. Ching encouraged them with NBA star, LeBron James’ words, “My father wasn't around when I was a kid, and I used to always say, 'Why me? Why don't I have a father? Why isn't he around? Why did he leave my mother?' But as I got older I looked deeper and thought, 'I don't know what my father was going through, but if he was around all the time, would I be who I am today?' Or in legendary psychologist, Carl Jung’s words, “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

Lastly, Mr. Ching used the founder of Marist Brother, St. Marcellin Champagnat’s Marist golden rule, to encourage all teachers who felt demotivated by students with low motivation, “To raise children properly, we must love them and love them equally.”

Let’s be encouraged by Mr. Ching’s message and the words of our heroes. Be positive and beat the inner pessimist!

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