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

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Simbang Gabi '11 --3rd day

I made up my mind I'll be in Mary Help of Christians  Parish for tonight's mass, it's  the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  I have read that the masses will be alternately Thai and English and this day is set to ENG.  My work finished at six I planned to get a cab right straight from Nawamin to get there on time.

I got to the church by half past six. People were outside and father, too was talking with some people near the long table. I was pretty sure they were having dinner. I hurriedly went inside and smelled candles. I know for sure there's a Misang Tagalog every Sunday at five in the afternoon, I was thinking it was just done but judging the church that everything has been kept, I hunched that there would be no more 7pm mass.

I asked then a guy if there was Simbang gabi he shared there's none and the mass that was just finished was it. And tomorrow's mass then will be in ENG. If the announcement was clear that Sundays will cover the Regular Sunday mass I should have known better, it only stated it was an alternate Eng-Thai 7pm mass but no worries, at least I know I can come back tomorrow. I missed this day, let me just share the Homily I got from EWTN on  youtube.

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