This song cheer me up whenever i’m depressed and having negative thought.

That’s nice song. There are some comments that help me understand the song.

“Just because it burns, doesn’t mean you’re gonna die”

That has to be the best quote out of this whole song, because its true. Things in life will hurt us, but we’ll recover and we won’t die.

This song makes me inspire. (lam cho toi co hung)


Retreat on Clayton Campus

humility (n)
▪ He accepted the honor with humility. ▪ The ordeal taught her humility. (su khiem ton, khiem nhuong)
I enter God’s presence with reverence and humility

reverence (n)
formal : honor or respect that is felt for or shown to (someone or something) [noncount] ▪ Her poems are treated with reverence

by other poets. — often + for ▪ a feeling of reverence for tradition [singular] ▪ Their religion has/shows a deep reverence for nature. (ton kinh, sung kinh)

concrete (adj): specific
concrete example: It’s helpful to have concrete examples of how words are used in context.
We ask God for what we desire in a simple, concrete way.

intimate (adj): than mat, than tinh
[more intimate; most intimate] 1 : having a very close relationship : very warm and friendly
intimate relationship with God
intimate thoughts/feelings ▪ intimate secrets ▪ sharing an intimate moment ▪ an intimate conversation (buoi noi chuyen than mat, than tinh)

humanity (n):
It stresses the humanity of Jesus: (so it means as ‘nhan tinh’)

Away from God
– Looked in to my view
– Quick to judge
– Rigidity: not easily changed
– moralise: xet doan, usually disapproving : to express beliefs about what is good behavior and what is bad behavior
– self–centered: ich ky [more self–centered; most self–centered] disapproving : too interested in yourself and not caring about the needs or feelings of other people : selfish
– Impatience with process <> Trusting in process
– Discouragement: su chan nan
– Cynicism: xet doan, che bai (a person who has negative opinions about other people and about the things people do )
– Exaggeration: thai qua
– Fear, anxiety
– Absolutes: co chap
– Bullying
– Guilt
– Rejecting differences

Towards God
– Open to growth and change
– Taking time to listen and reflect (suy xet, suy niem)
– Flexibility

Students may get discouraged by activities that are too advanced
if you set up your goal to study higher than your performance, you may get discouraged

Discouragement(n): = despair (n) su chan nan = noi that vong, noi tuyet vong
She expressed discouragement over the difficulty of finding a good job.
The team’s losses (Doi thua) have left fans with a feeling of discouragement.
His despair nearly drove him mad

immerse … in ….
eg. immerse them in the abyss of my mercy

bring fainting souls to the the spring of My mercy

discernment of spirits(n): the ability to see and understand people, things, or stituations clearly and intelligently
examen of consciousness : an examination of conscience, usually made daily by Jesuits and others
Imaginative Contemplation: spiritual meditation esp (in Christian religious practice) concentration of the mind and soul upon God chiem ngam = meditation

CAM5-PT4 grab
2.massive cause (something or someone) to go back to an earlier or worse condition be like (soften the claim of to be like)
5.a … conclusion say or think that a person or thing is responsible for something bad that has happened


1. to grip = to grab

eg. before they had a chance to get to grip with the effect of that, they were stalled by a strike

2. colossal (adj): massive

eg. colossal investment

3. to set back

eg. what they were set back by / was high interest rate

4. ‘It is kind of like’ is used to soften the claim eg. She is the same (completely) (soften): She is kind of like the same (partly)

  • When you fall in love, it’s kind of like you go crazy
  • Being from Utah is kind of like being from the south
  • The song is kind of like the foundation, but the singer and the production have to bring something more to make it work

5. a foregone conclusion : something in the future that is certain to happen or be true

eg.It was a foregone conclusion that he would take over the business after his father retired

6. to blame: to say or think that a person or thing is responsible for something bad that has happened

  • I think the stock market is to blame
  • Don’t blame me for your problems = Don’t blame your problem on me
  • (n) blame: I took the blame (for the defeat) = the coach said he was responsible for the defeat

Group Retreat Day based on the Spiritual Exercises

On 6 April, the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola was introduced at Monash University, Clayton campus by Jesuit scholastic Robert Morris. This was the first time a group of 16 participants both students and non-students had a chance to learn and practice the Ignatius meditation. This can be applied to our daily prayer life to find God.

As physical exercises are needed for strengthening the body, spiritual exercises are needed to strengthen spiritual life to build a profound relationship with God. The first spiritual exercise was to contemplate Saint Ignatius’ life. The director also suggested ideas to reflect the Ignatius story to our own life to help us realise how God has been working in our lives. After the first exercise, we gathered to share our experiences and feelings.

Next was ‘Daily Awareness Examen’ exercise to review our day. During the Examen, the participants were invited to look at our day as a ‘slow movie’. This would help us to recognise graces from God to give Him thanks and times we were less grateful to God in our days.

After the lunch break, the participants learnt the Imaginative Contemplation way to pray with the Gospel. The director read a short passage of John’s Gospel about ‘Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene’ very slowly. We were invited to close our eyes and imagine ourselves in the Gospel’s scene. We could choose to be a character or just a bystander watching what Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Peter and John were saying and doing. Going through the way of Gospel imagination helped us to listen to Jesus and converse with Him. We also had chance to share our experiences after praying with the Gospel contemplation.

The last method called Discernment of Spirits was introduced to all participants to help us recognise signs of the Good spirit and signs of the Bad spirit. This would enable us to examine ourselves at the end of day.

Through sharing after each of the short spiritual exercises, the director and participants understood different experiences of our practices and feelings. Practicing these spiritual exercises daily by reading the Gospel for a short time everyday can help us to build a close relationship with God.

The retreat day concluded with the Mass which was celebrated at the small chapel by Father Lawrence Foote – chaplain of Monash University.

A Native American Cherokee Story – Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

arrogance: su kieu ngao

– self-pity: su than van

resentment: su cam thu, su oan gian

inferiority: tu ti (mac cam)

superiority: the belief that you are better than other people : su kieu ngao

– ego:

serenity: calm tram lang [more serene; most serene] : calm and peaceful

benevolence: [more benevolent; most benevolent] 1 : kind and generous

empathy: the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions (thong cam)

compassion: a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc. (day long trac an)

101 – 3 April

1. (adj) very exciting and attractive
2. (v) to hurt the feelings
3. (v) to prove that someone is guilty of a crime in a court of law (buoc toi o toa an)
4. (v) vi pham phap luat nhung chua bi buoc toi
5. (n) a customer of a shop, hotel, etc, esp a regular one = loyal customer

6. (n. phrase) a saint regarded as the particular guardian of a country, church, trade, person, etc

7. (n) a person who has been found guilty of a crime and sent to prison : prisoner

8. (n) jail

– (adj) general accepted / widespread / thinh hanh/ pho bien/ lan rong
– (adj) conversational
– (n) sense of taste (khau vi)
– (time phrase) tai thoi diem nay
– (time phrase) co nhung luc
– to be bitter about: ghet ai / cay dang voi ai
– to make so embarrassed or ashamed
– succeeding, being accepted
– to be or remain friendly
– to be good at
– che day
– a graphical presentation of progress in learning
– to stop yourself saying something you might regret
– newcomer
– confused = lost = ban khoan

glamorous (adj) = very exciting and attractive
a glamorous career = a glamorous job
a glamorous girl = an attractive girl

to offend = to hurt the feeling
Her way offended me and make me embarrassed and ashamed.
I was offended by her way

to convict: to prove that someone is guilty of a crime in a court of law (buoc toi o toa an)
Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

to commit a crime: vi pham phap luat nhung chua bi buoc toi (commit a crime)

patron: a customer of a shop, hotel, etc, esp a regular one
cafe patron
coles patron
In summer, cafe patrons often sit outside at tables under umbrellas and enjoy the passing parade of shoppers

patron saint: a saint regarded as the particular guardian of a country, church, trade, person, etc

convict (n)
an escaped convict

convict settlement

prevailing = general accepted / widespread / thinh hanh/ pho bien/ lan rong

prevailing topic
prevailing discussion
prevailing opinion

colloquial = conversational
colloquial language
colloquial words and slang

palate = sense of taste
Local restaurant can be found to suit all palates and pockets

At this stage, all I need to do are to follow the plan. (tai thoi diem nay)
That’s all I need to tell you at this stage

At some stage, I don’t know how to do

to resent: to be bitter about: ghet ai / cay dang voi ai
to show so up: to make so embarrassed or ashamed
If you complete your assignment too soon, and continually show every else up, your co-worker might resent you even more

Proficiency in English does not end with the score in a language test

getting on = succeeding, being accepted
Sharpening one’s English skills on continual basic is an essential part of getting on at work

to get on with = to get along with = to be or remain friendly
The better you know people, the more likely you are to get on well with them

to be competent at = to be good at
One of the most important factors is to be competent at what you are asked to do

to cover it up: che day
learning curve: a graphical presentation of progress in learning
If you make a mistake, don’t try to cover it up, or worse still blame someone else; instead, accept that you are on a learning

curve and mistake will inevitably occur
I’m still half way up the learning curve

to bite your lips = to stop yourself saying something you might regret (bit-bitten)
Lastly, it is a good ideal to learn to sometimes bite your lips.
I bit my tongue

newbie = newcomer

to be puzzled = to be foxed = confused = lost = ban khoan
The problem had us foxed

democratic (adj) =
– relating to the idea that all people should be treated equally (dan chu, cong bang)
– based on a form of government in which the people choose leaders by voting
democratic party

democracy (n)
– an organization or situation in which everyone is treated equally and has equal rights

republican (adj)
– based on a form of government in which the elected representatives (dai bieu quoc hoi) possess the supreme power (cong hoa)
republican party

republic (n)

Celsius: measure of temperature C
a top temperature of 61 degrees Fahrenheit, that is 16 degrees Celsius

Fahrenheit: measure of temperature F

manner (n): behaviour
a person’s manner
an organised and professional manner

dioptre: measure of short-sightedness

fanatic(n): extremist
fanatical (adj): cuong nhiet
women can be even more fanatical than man about their favourite team

demanding(adj): requiring much time, attention or effort (doi hoi khat khe)
demanding job, demanding boss, demanding employer, demanding request