Internal versus External

Internal versus external:
I thought the book of Proverbs,
In the Hebrew bible was
A list of things to do, or not to do,
All about external behavior &
Warnings about consequences.
Slowly reading Proverbs again today,
I was surprised to discover the word ‘Heart’ mentioned nine
times in the first five chapters e.g 4:23
“Keep your heart with all vigilance
For from it flow the springs of life.”
What is the heart?
In the “Divine Conspiracy” p.206
Dallas Willard writes..
“Our heart is our will, or our spirit:
The center of our being from which
Our life flows…A heart rightly
Directed therefore brings health &
Wholeness to the entire personality.”

Prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas

“Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being,
graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.

Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born,
an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory and the ability
to grasp things correctly and fundamentally.

Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability
to express myself with thoroughness and charm.

Point out the beginning, direct the progress and help in the completion.
I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

One translation of the Prayer Before Study (or before writing) by St. Thomas Aquinas.

St Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village, NY.

A Danger and a Threat to Society in Any Era

Josef Pieper, a German philosopher, 1904-1997, wrote this essay in 1974. His life spanned WW1, the turbulent 1920’s and the Nazi years. Abuse of Language – Abuse of Power begins with antiquity and the Sophists, experts in the art of twisting words. He writes of their ways as…”a danger & a threat to society in any era.” (p.1)
Jesus, the greatest teacher, ever, said, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no”.

Thinking About Holocaust Memorial Day…

Thinking about
International Holocaust
Memorial Day, January 27.
Reading the new book,
I found at Heathrow airport, the
Latest research – answering
My questions: Why? How?
Thumbing through recently
Discovered forms for Jews to
List their assets
And finding my father’s name….
What can we learn from history?