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

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena - Seventh Day

December 22, 2010

Wow! Two masses more to go and it's Christmas time once again.   I went back to MHC Church last night  as the mass was in English. There is this feeling of  "high" when you can digest all the things that are goin' on around you. It feels like each of them come to one's every veins and it feels tremendous.

The first reading was from  Samuel. It was on  a  mother named Hannah who offered her son, Samuel to the Lord.  She stated that she prayed for the child, and the Lord granted her  request and she gave her son to the Lord in return. As long as Samuel lived, he should be dedicated to the Lord, she left her son  at the temple of the Lord in Shiloh. This is momentous as  this reading manifests how prayers work and reminds us of being grateful on the blessings that we get. Hannah is such a grateful person and as a mother, we know that it isn't easy to be away from a child but because of gratefulness, she didn't mind the thougt and just trusted the Lord in everything believing that her child child would be in better hands.

And the gospel? Here it is, still a  sequel of Mary and Elizabeth.

Luke 1:46-56
Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.” Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home."

 It was  a concelebrated mass of Father Tamayo and Father Ledesma. Father Ledesma presided the mass and his Homliy was very inspiring. He shared that our history speaks on  the rich and  the famous. We can hear nothing about the poor of the old times but the bible starred the simple people of the past. Like Elizabeth, an outcast of  being barren and Mary who was just  a poor girl. Father Ledesma also spoke on freedom to one self. As many of us desire to change and improve this world but sometimes we fail to note that everything starts WITHIN us and in our respective families.  He also shared on thinking in a micro level. That sometimes we get so anxious in the world and the things around us, neglecting our very own selves forgetting that there are some things that we need to change and improve better in ourselves. And that our respective souls reflect in us and we can inspire more people by inspiring ourselves first. That we can change others, if we change ourselves first. And that we can't be kind to the rest unless we are being kind to ourselves.

And talking abut kindness, I think it was so kind and nice of some Filipinos who had last night's novena mass for thanksgiving. They prepared dinner for everyone after. It was also a good chance to get to know some others and share a meal with them.

Fil style spag, pakbet, dinuguan anf fried fish

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