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 16, 2010

Misa de Gallo in Bangkok / Christmas Novena Mass

I had my first Christmas novena last night at Mary Help of Christians Parish at Krungthep Krittha in Hua Mark.   The mass was in Thai at 7pm. The officiating priest related that they decided yesterday that it would be in Thai however tonight's mass will be in English still at seven in the evening.  There weren't much  people in there just  more or less fifty but it was great to be blessed. I didn't understand anything or could sing any  but thankful of them handing away a sheet of paper for the English readings and the Gospel.   The first reading was from Isaiah. It talked on us having lots of confusions in our lives yet  we  need to believe and have faith in God that everything will be better soon.  The Gospel was on  faith as well., and believing that  Christ has come, proclaim the good news and take no offense at Him.

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