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, October 14, 2011


13/10/2011 18:43:48:

In our prayer, "We should look at how often, in the events of our lives, the Lord has protected us, guided and helped us -- and we should praise Him for what He has done for us." This was just one of the remarks Pope Benedict XVI made to the faithful gathered Wednesday in St Peter's Square for the weekly General Audience.

Commenting on Psalm 126, Benedict XVI recalled the joy that fill those who experience the great things that God does. "We must be more attentive to the good things that the Lord gives us," said Pope Benedict. "We always pay attention to the problems, difficulties and almost do not want to see that there are good things that come from the Lord. This kind of attention," he said becomes GRATITUDE which is very important for us. Gratitude creates a memory of the good that also helps us in the dark times."

"The history of humanity and the history of every person, there are pains, uncertainties and moments of crisis though even in these we are living a history, a story of salvation because in the end, in Jesus, our every exile has ended, every tear is dried in the mystery of His cross, of death transformed into life as the seed that falls to the ground and becomes a shoot."

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