Posted by: livingscripture | November 13, 2015

32nd Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and from studying the works did not discern the artisan.”     

(Wisdom: 13: 1)

How should we live this Word3e9336de6[1]

 ‘Foolish’, states the sacred text, the people who lived without the light of intelligence and heart because they could not ask a basic question: Where does this beautiful creation come from?  The word ‘foolish’ is equivalent to empty, inconsistent, and thus, incapable of living a life worth living.  This truthful condemnation is perfectly apt today for those who act in the same way.  In a society that is the direct heritage of consumerism, materialism is the atmosphere that penetrates everywhere.

It is not even a philosophy, but a tranquil practice that cultivates the jungle of desires by reducing them to fake needs, fabricated by the loud publicity that persuades us to buy, to consume, to get the latest thing.  Time to contemplate the beautiful, to know the true, to choose the good is lacking and therefore there are few who admire a field full of wildflowers, a snow-capped mountain, a sunset on the ocean, an innocent face!

Thus contemplation is diminished and the basic question does not mature, although it is simple and necessary: Who made all that is truly beautiful and good?

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will remain in awe at the beauty around me, the grass, the sky, the trees, a plant, whatever inspires me and I will ask, “Who made all this?”  If I am faith-filled the answer will be obvious.

Lord Jesus, there is so much goodness, beauty, and truth in the world in which I live!  Help me to see it even where it is not immediately apparent.  Do not let my heart dry up.  Instead, let the ‘thank You’ continually grow in me because You take me by the hand and lead me to the Father to praise Him and love Him, recognizing the beauty in all creation.

 The Voice of Lanza Del Vasto, Philosopher, Author, Poet of the 20th Century

 The liberation of the mind is wisdom.

The liberation of the heart is love.

The liberation of the senses is beauty.

The liberation of action is worship.

 

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