Monday, January 12, 2004

A short prayer:

Lord help me
to remember
that nothing
is going to happen
to me today
that You and I
together can't handle.


Tuesday, January 06, 2004

A quote from our dear pope John Paul II (from World Youth Day 2002):
"We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son." How true!
Find your spirituality type here

Mine's the 'path of intellect'. Here's what it says:
PATH OF INTELLECT (Thomistic prayer): About 12 percent of the population follows this path, using the syllogistic method of Saint Thomas Aquinas known as Scholastic prayer. The main emphasis is on the orderly progression of thought from cause to effect. People of this prayer type prefer neat, orderly forms of the spiritual life, as opposed to the free-spirit, impulsive attitude of the Franciscan approach. Their spirituality is centered on the earnest pursuit of all the transcendental values: truth, goodness, beauty, unity, love, life, and spirit. Like Saint Teresa of Avila, they are willing to exert superhuman effort to achieve their goal. Because of their disdain for second best, they seek total truth and authenticity in their lives and work hard to reach the whole truth about themselves, about God, and about sanctity. This intense pursuit of truth colors their whole spiritual life. Books of prayer frequently call the Thomistic method of prayer 'discursive meditation.' In this type of prayer, one takes a virtue or fault or theological truth and studied it from every possible angle. Change of behavior is an essential part of this prayer--it doesn't stay at the intellectual level. There is generally a bias against this type of prayer today because it was so much in vogue before Vatican II.
Back from holiday. Back to work.

Not quite yet; today's spring cleaning of my room and then followed by "Return of the Kings". It was lovely! I can't remember when was the last time I was simply blown away by a movie. Its beauty moved me, its nobility takes my breath away, and the courage of the characters inspires me. Have you ever wondered what it would be like living in such times? But as Gandalf wisely remarked (in the movie), "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."