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

Monday, May 30, 2011

Benedict XVI: Christians Are TRUE and Consistent

The Church is called to a new evangelization to intensify missionary activity and to correspond fully to the mandate of the Lord. This was underlined by the Pope in the first address to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, meeting for the first time in the Vatican since the constitution of this Dicastery.

In dictating some guidelines, Benedict XVI observed that today we witness the tragedy of fragmentation which does not permit us a unifying reference point any longer; in addition, there is often the phenomenon of people who to belong to the Church, but are strongly shaped by a vision of life at odds with faith.

Even for those who remain tied to Christian roots, but who experience the difficult relationship with MODERNITY. It is important to understand that being CHRISTIAN is not the kind of clothing to wear in private or on special occasions but is something living and fulfilling able to take up everything that is good in modernity. 

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