Sunday, January 14, 2018

When Shared

Life has meaning and beauty when shared. No wonder why we are in awe at someone so happy even though they don’t have much in life. No wonder why also we admire at someone’s beauty in simplicity.  They are happy and they exude beauty because they share.

The more you give yourself the happiest you are.

by aats 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

On Speculation

Emotion stirred by speculation is a waste of energy. Likewise, decision made out of speculation is a disaster. Why waste energy on something that might not what we assumed to be? Why risks mistake in deciding something we are not fully aware of? Let us be circumspect, listen and way things before saying or doing something.

by aats 

Monday, November 27, 2017

On Humility

I read a quote from C.S. Lewis that says, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

Thinking less of self reduces stress. Why? Because when we think too much of ourselves, making statements like, “What will it do good to me”; or “I deserve better than that”, we will start believing that we are important and should be treated accordingly. Oh what a stress we will have, because not everyone will think we are.

Another thing about thinking too much of ourselves is that we will start fancying about situation and that is not healthy either.

The Lord is teaching us the way of humility for our own good.

Oh Wisdom, may you reside in us so we will know what is of value to You. Amen.

by aats

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

On Jealousy

There are situations when we think we need to admonish someone because the action seems not right. However when we discern further, we will notice the rhythm of our heart saying otherwise. This is when discerning our real motives come into play. Are we really concern, or we are just subtly envious? Then we try to justify and talk to others for confirmation. In the end, we end up gossiping.

Pope Francis said something about jealousy in one of his homilies reflecting on the jealousy of Saul towards David. He said, ““How ugly envy is! It is an attitude; it is an ugly sin! And jealousy or envy grows in the heart like a weed: it grows, but it doesn’t allow good plants to grow. It harms everything that its shadow seems to fall upon. There is no peace! It is a tormented heart; it is an ugly heart! But the envious heart, too – we hear it here – leads to killing, to death. And Scripture says clearly: through the envy of the devil, death entered the world.”

“Envy kills,” the Pope said. “It does not tolerate others having something that I do not have. And it always suffers, because the heart of an envious or jealous person suffers. It is a suffering heart! It is a suffering that desires ‘the death of others.’”

But how many times, he asked, “in our communities – and we don’t have to look too far to see this – are people killed, through jealousy, with the tongue? Someone is envious of this, of the other, and they begin to gossip – and gossip kills”

“I too, thinking and reflecting on this passage, invite myself – and everyone – to see if, in my heart, there is any jealousy, any envy, which always leads to death and doesn’t make me happy; because this sickness always leads us to regard the good others possess as if it were against us. And this is an ugly sin. It is the beginning of many, many crimes.”

“Let us ask the Lord to give us the grace not to open the heart to jealousy, not to open the heart to envy, because these things always lead to death.”

“According to the interpretation of Pilate – who was very intelligent, but a coward – envy was what lead to the death of Jesus: the instrument, the ultimate instrument. They handed him over out of envy. Let us also ask the Lord the grace never, because of envy, to hand over to death a brother, a sister of the parish, of the community, or even someone in our neighbourhood. Everyone has their sins; everyone has their virtues. They are specific to each individual. Look at the good, and do not kill with gossip through envy or jealousy.

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by aats

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Selfless Love

Unreciprocated love is cruel but mission makes it beautiful. It is in mission that we find joy and fulfillment in loving without expecting to be love in return. We simply find joy in giving; be it time, talent, treasure and yes ourselves. Why is this so? I believe it is imbedded in us, the desire to love and serve. (This is one more proof that God created us in His image and likeness, including the character that is of Him.)

I have asked some friends, “What do you prefer; to love or be loved?” Most answers if not all is that they prefer to love than be loved. They find beauty in loving the other more than the other loving them. The problem lies in the expectation that the other will do the same. However that does not happen always. The key then, is to expect not but rather focus on the loving.

On the other hand, if this selfless act is reciprocated it becomes a beautiful exchange of love.

However, even without love in return, it is beautiful still. In fact, it is perfectly beautiful because it is selfless. And so we love and continue to do so without expecting in return.

by aats