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 -Sixth Day

December 21, 2010

Have you ever had that feeling that you want to open your mouth to praise and sing but you just can't do both? How about expecting something and you just learnt that something else happened that you never thought of?

Sure we, do. I was early  last Tuesday thingking it was my time to visit St. John Parish for the Novena mass. I used to attend masses in the church as well as in Holy Redeemer  in Ploenchit in my early years here and I thought it was time for me to visit. I haven't visited St John this year until that day.

 Anyway, I got there earlier and was glad about it. There were about fifty to sixty churchgoers majority were Filipinos maybe just about ten were Thais.  As the priest showed up, I got the cllue that the mass would be in Thai as he is Thai.

And there it went, the mass was so good only I couldn't understand any word and  could sing with the choir. For many times, I was tempted to open my mouth and just say the prayers in English but it was just different.  If I can remember in my other writing that the blessings in the holy mass matter and that I should go on having the same mentation about attending mass in a language incomprehensible to me. It was funny though that aside from the reason of  visiting the parish again, I opted to go there, too as Mary Help of Christians Church's mass that time was in Thai. I was surprised I'd be attending a Novena in Thai still. Anyhow, I'm not complaining, I'm pretty aware that some things just happen and when they do, surely there are good reasons behind them. :)

On the sixth day, the  first  reading was from Songs of Songs. It expressed on the bloom of a new day. It spoke on winter being over and that flowers appeared on earth. To my reflection, it is the coming of the good news and that after days, a new better day has come and thus we exalt the goodness and greatness of the coming of a new time. The emotion here is in absolute joy as a lover brings hope to the other one. There is the feeling of joy, hope, love and contentment.  It feels like when one is in high emotion, he would want to sing for joy.

The gospel was from Luke. It's a succession of Mary and Elizabeth's story. The previous day talked on the mary being informed about Elizabeth's pregnancy despite of her incapability to have a child. This time, Mary visited Elizabeth. The baby reacted as soon as it heard Mary's greeting. Elizabeth couldn't believe still what was happening to her and she cried out in a loud voice to Mary " Most blessed are you among women, and blessed in the fruit of your womb."  This is also part of our prayer to the Virgin Mary "Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed in thy fruit of they womb, Jesus." The gospel indeed  plays an essential part in our prayers. I'd love to share, too the gospel's final message " Blessed are you who believe that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."

We can sense that the progress of the reading is getting intense and that the excitement is preciseltyrising, praise God we should be as just a few days from now mark when the CHILD was born.

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