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

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena - Ninth Day

 December 24, 2010

I finally have the time to write now, at least, the past days have been so eventful and  full of memories and joy. I'm so grateful for everything this Christmas has been great though being away from home. There are thoughts in  mind that I should have gone home I can't deny that; nonetheless, I'm thankful that despite the distance, I still feel the best Christmas as I always have even when I was still a child.  As a routine  referring to Misa de Gallo,  let me share the words on the ninth day of the novena mass.

"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and  and set them free"  Luke 1:67-69

The first reading was from Samuel 2. I find this quote meaningful.

“Go, do whatever you have in mind, for the LORD is with you.”

From the responsorial Psalm:
R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. 
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever; 
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”; 
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

The Holy Gospel is the continuation on Zechariah from Luke 1:67-69. He praises the Lord and speaks of His promises such as  to free from enemies, free to worship without fear and being holy and righteous in His sight  all the days of our lives.

I think we've attained these promises at present, surely we have the freedom to worship and despite the dangers this world has sometimes, we can still say that we live in a safer world and finally we have the best options to do the right things in our respective lives, in case we fail, no one pressures anyone. Indeed righteousness is a presonal thing, in one's guilt and conscience.

Both Freedom and Freewill are our gifts, we live in these times that we are bound with all the beautiful gifts around us, it's up to us what to pick and what to enjoy; however, along with the pleasures we are also reminded on our our faith  and reverence to our creator.....not necessarily of fear but of love and  trust.

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