To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Monday, November 29, 2010

Late November's FRESH SHARE

There are lots of great happenings lately only I didn't have the real time and gusto to write but anyway, at least I'm getting my fingers moving this time. Today is my father's birthday by the way and it was nice speaking to him on phone. His speech is improving gradually after his stroke and it is indeed great hearing him said that he's already 57.  :)

I felt so blessed last Saturday as I was waiting for the bus after work, a colleague mentioned of Don Bosco's relic in Thailand. She added that the relic has been toured around the globe and this time in Bangkok. I was so lucky to find out that the new church is accessible to where I stay, I haven't been to Mary Help of Christian Church until last Saturday.  I didnt think twice to go with my coworker and I felt so blessed again that the mass hadn't started yet when we got there. The mass was in Thai nonetheless, it was fulfilling to attend.  Moreover, I felt it was a privilege to see the relic for real aside from getting the chance to visit the church despite  the schedule. Don Bosco's relic is 200 year's old.  I was surprised too on the "feast" provided after the mass. Like the churchgoers had a free dinner. A variety of dishes were served as well as some  drinks. There was also a stage prepared for a video showing  on the life of Don Bosco and some singing. 

This day has been quite a day as this is also the very first day of classes at the university after  our six -week- holiday. Yes, six weeks is quite long especially that we had no idea  when the classes exactly begin.  We also got to know our schedule of classes this morning and we have more classes this term. I love it when there are more classes, it means more income however, there are also some changes on schedules like we used to have our mid terms after new year and now the exams are scheduled on Dec. 13-26. That means again another two-week-off from classes due to the test! Hahaha. so funny I remember my colleague shared today that he got depressed of doing nothing for six weeks. And now he has lots of classes and he feels like he's been treated as a robot. He added playfully with a huge grin that he couldn't understand himself getting bored when there's no work, and feeling so engrossed on the very first day of classes.  This is one thing I love about work, having people around who are cool to be with and assures that a day can be full of laughters. :)

I was done at school by the evening and decided to drop by the church. I found out from the man watching the gate that there was no service today and I should come back tomorrow for some vigil if I understood the message right.  Tomorrow should be the last day of Don Bosco's relic before the move to another place.

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