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:
THOUGHTS TO PONDER
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
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)
Only marriages which are faithful and open to the gift of life are "adequate to the grandeur and dignity of marital love," the Pope told young people at last weekend’s World Youth Day in Madrid.
Speaking to one and a half million people from all over the world, Pope Benedict said that God "many people to marriage, in which a man and a woman, in becoming one flesh, find fulfillment in a profound life of communion".
The remarks were seen as yet another robust defence of the Church's teaching on marriage.
Marriage, he told them was a "project for true love which is daily renewed and deepened by sharing joys and sorrows, one marked by complete self-giving".
"For this reason, to acknowledge the beauty and goodness of marriage is to realize that only a setting of fidelity and indissolubility, along with openness to God’s gift of life, is adequate to the grandeur and dignity of marital love," the Pope added.
He also warned them that "the dominant culture of relativism all around us has given up on the search for truth, even if it is the highest aspiration of the human spirit".
For this reason, he said, young people needed to "speak with courage and humility of the universal significance of Christ as the Saviour of humanity and the source of hope for our lives".
He said: "We are not the product of blind chance or absurdity; instead our life originates as part of a loving plan of God.
"To abide in his love, then, means living a life rooted in faith, since faith is more than the mere acceptance of certain abstract truths: it is an intimate relationship with Christ, who enables us to open our hearts to this mystery of love and to live as men and women conscious of being loved by God."
He encouraged those gathered there to be afraid "neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, his name will continue to resound throughout the world".
The Pope has previously warned about the threats posed to marriage by alternative family forms, such as same-sex marriage.
And he has frequently spoken out about the dangers to religious freedom and the quest for truth resulting from what he has called "the dictatorship of relativism".
During his visit last year to the United Kingdom, the Pope warned about "aggressive secularism".
Speaking to an audience which included Queen Elizabeth, Pope Benedict said: "Today, the United Kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society. In this challenging enterprise, may it always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate.
I'm a CEBUANA working here in Bangkok.
For now, I'm quite tied up with work and I love what I'm doing. I enjoy my work in here as there's balance between teaching adults and young learners. I'm contented with the variety my work offers, I get to learn everyday both in my field and life's dealings. I get the chance to unwind and go travel on breaks. Other than that, I go hang out, shopping, dine and sometimes whine hehehe!. Or when bored, I write...yeah, blogging is one :D