麥帥為子祈禱文

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

主啊,塑煉我一個兒子吧!塑煉一個能堅強地發現自己軟弱,又能勇敢地在他畏懼的時候面對自己的兒子;一個在坦蕩的失敗中能傲然不屈,在勝利中又能謙遜溫和的他。

Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know thee-and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

塑煉我一個不會將理想代替行動的兒子;一個將認識祢且又知道認識自己才是學問基石的兒子。

Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

引領他,我祈求祢,並非在那安逸舒適的道路上,而是在艱難與挑戰的磨鍊和策勵下。在這裡讓他學會在風雨中屹立;在這裡讓他學會憐恤那些倒下的人。

Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men, one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

塑煉我一個兒子吧,使他心地明淨,使他志向遠大;塑煉一個在試圖駕馭他人之前懂得先駕馭自己的兒子,一個將企及未來且又從不忘懷過去的他。

And after all these things are his, add, I pray enough of a sense of humour, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”

在當這一切都爲他所有之後,我猶是祈求充足的幽默感,如此使他雖能凡事嚴謹,卻又不致把自己變得過於拘謹。給予他謙卑之德,如此他才能念茲在茲真正偉大的簡單樸實,真正智慧的開明大度,真正力量的溫順馴服。然後,作爲他父親的我,方敢悄聲說一句:「我未虛度此生。」

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