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2022.06.12
大學生的主保 —— 聖多默・摩爾
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Stories behind famous saysings
2018.03.24
As Mad as a March hare
Christians go to church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Traditionally, Easter is also celebrated with chocolates. What kind of Easter chocolate has the longest history? The Easter Bunny(復活節兔子)with eggs is thought to have been very common since the 19th century. The Easter Bunny is also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare.  While people think that “rabbits” and “hares” are the same, they actually are two different species. We can see one of their differences in the expression, “as mad as a March hare”.  Hares are larger than rabbits. They have longer hind legs and longer ears. In the breeding season, hares behave strangely, such as leaping about, fighting and chasing each other. Sometimes a male and a female may stand up on their hind legs and have “boxing” with each other. Their crazy behaviour has thus given rise to the idiomatic phrase, “as mad as a March hare”. However, their mating period in fact is in March and April.  Part of the phrase first appeared in 1529 in the writing of Sir Thomas More, a personal adviser to King Henry VIII of England.  As mad not as a march hare, but as a madde dogge [mad dog].  The expression has become more popular since 1865, when an English writer, Lewis Carroll, created a famous character called the March Hare in his book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”(《愛麗斯夢遊仙境》).  Nowadays, people use this expression to describe someone who is irrational or extremely silly.  Tom was as mad as a March hare(發瘋)when he found out that he had lost his car key.  Glossary  Resurrection  復活 Hares  野兔 Species  物種 Hind legs  後腿   Breeding  繁殖 Leaping about  跳躍 Boxing  拳擊 Mating  交配 Irrational  不理智      
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2016.04.16
追求公義的勇氣 —— 聖多默.摩爾
1478年,英國倫敦。寒冷又潮濕的冬天將過去,這年二月七日星期四,對摩爾家來說,那是很特別的一天 —— 多默.摩爾(Thomas More)在那天誕生了。蠟燭和煦的光線照亮小房間,父親若望.摩爾先生凝視躺臥在搖籃裡的小多默,「嗯,我親愛的孩子,長大後,你要當個律師。」摩爾先生喃喃低語,「可不要從商啊,雖然你跟祖父的名字相同,不!你要跟我一樣,當個大律師。」按照當時的習慣,小多默出生後一星期內領洗。爸爸給他取聖名多默,這是英國一位很著名的殉道者(Saint Thomas Becket)的名字,同時託名於小多默的祖父。 小多默是若望夫婦的次子。若望六個孩子中,只有四名存活。活潑開朗又愛開玩笑的小多默,自幼就很懂事,他是家裡的開心果,常常開懷大笑,喜歡冒險的玩意,還很愛護姊姊和弟妹。母親注意到小多默性格的另一面:小多默也喜歡安靜地祈禱。七歲開始,小多默跟鄰居同學每天清晨穿越街道,到聖安多尼學校(Saint Anthony’s School)上課。何校長總會站在學校大門,跟進校門的學生握手,「早晨,歡迎回校!」當時,活版印刷技術剛起步,教科書的數量極稀罕,價格也非常昂貴。背誦是最有效的學習方法。在課堂上,老師通常會先講解,然後跟學生討論課題;學生一邊抄默,一邊討論,這樣更能夠幫助他們記憶課堂上的學習成果。雖然上課的時間比較長,小多默很快便適應學校的生活,樂在其中。 偌大的教室裡,每個同學都有不同的性格。小多默跟幾位同學結成好朋友,他也發現每個好朋友有各自的天賦,每個人都是獨特的。何校長有一位好朋友摩頓(John Morton),他是英國坎特伯雷教區的總主教,摩爾先生很渴望多默能夠有機會認識摩頓總主教,「校長先生,多默是個聰明和有才幹的孩子;雖然他還是個小孩子,假若他從小就能夠認識一些有影響力的人,這為他的將來很有幫助。」 在好朋友的陪伴下,五年的校園生活很快過去。多默快十二歲了,何校長接納摩爾先生的建議,把多默介紹給摩頓總主教。這件事令摩爾先生非常高興,他知道何校長推薦多默到總主教公署,他的願望實現了。 英國長年濕冷的氣候使年長的人很不好受。摩頓總主教雖是個有能力的人,他年事已高,身體機能受到天氣的影響,關節長期疼痛、手和腳不很靈活,這些身體反應令他經常感到困擾。遷入總主教公署居住後,多默看到摩頓總主教雖然年紀老邁,走動時不很靈活,卻總是堅持以歡愉的心接待每個到訪的人。多默很願意待在總主教的身旁,無論是進餐或其他場合,總主教常以欣賞的眼光注視他,把他介紹給賓客:「這位少年人是多默⋯⋯」 (待續)