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

Friday, December 17, 2010

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena - Third day

I had my third at  ABAC  church and it was my first time to get there. It took awhile for us to locate the place as surprisingly the cab driver didn't know where it was. It was so funny we asked a couple of people where ABAC was and the last person replied with his hand pointing  on the right. We both really didn't see the building until that point on the finger.

The church is on the second floor of the graduate school building. Lights were still off when I get there but there were already some people inside, my friend and her husband, the nuns and the priest waiting for the time.

I find the experience memorable as aside from being there the first time, it was also my very first to hear mass from an Indian priest, in fact the nuns are Indians as well. There wasn't any choir yet the acapella songs were heavenly and I think it made the whole novena more solemn. There were many Filipinos around and cute kids as well. 

They handed in some copies for songs  except the readings. As the reading started, I realized that the mass was still on day two as the church didn't start as MHC.  I told my friend that we were having the same readings as last night, we just went on and finished it anyway. It was the blessing of hearing mass that matters.

I've just checked a Catholic site and read the gospel for the third day Christmas Novena mass. The first reading is from Genesis and the holy gospel is from Mathew 1:1-7 speaking about the  genealogy of  Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  It is of fourteen generations; from David to  the  Babylonian exile, and another fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Christ.

We had snacks after the mass, there were some bread, "pancit sotanghon" and some softdrinks. I was glad, too meeting more Filipinos  who are active in Couples for Christ.  We left the church at once and had good laughs on the road.

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