God is not silent God is active in life God is alive in conversation God is laying his will on my heart God is laying his vision on my life God is convicting me of this and I am growing
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It’s a very moving thing with St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis said he couldn’t stand lepers. And one can understand a disfigured leper with no nose or no ear or parts of gaping, you know? And in the Middle Ages or something like in Europe, 20,000 leprosariums, you know, filled with these people that, you know, smelt bad and he said, “I hated it. I couldn’t stand it.” And then he said that one day, the Lord brought me into the lepers. “And when I left, there was a new gentleness in my body and in my spirit.” It was, what struck me when he said a new gentleness in my body and in my spirit. And it says, “From there, I really left to serve the Lord.”
So Francis the conversion, when I say the conversion, I’m talking about a change of the attitude because conversion is a change of attitude. It’s not just a quest of changing religion or that sort of stuff. It’s an inner change. And from the sort of fear and despisal of what appeared the most dirty, which in this period was the smell of the leper and the — he discovered there was a presence of God in the leper. So we can then begin to understand the whole mystery of rejection of God because we don’t want a god who is hidden in the dirt or hidden in dirty people or in smelly people or disfigured people or in those 40 million people who are in the refugee camps throughout the world.
Comparison – Push myself up by pushing others down.
There is no reason to trust human reason.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
There is a difference between reality and truth – the former can have shades of gray, the latter is always black and white.
Reality is merely and illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Truth is absolute, reality is cognitive.
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
Truth hurts, reality bites.
Truth is singular, reality is manifold.
Truth is objective, reality is subjective.
Truth is permanent, Reality is ephemeral
Truth requires courage, reality reflects convenience.
Truth is always real, Reality is not always true.
Einstein said, “reality is merely an illusion…” until it reveals the truth!
The Bhagavad Gita: What is not real never was and never will be. What is real always was and cannot be destroyed.
Your beliefs (your reality) – is subjective and influenced by your past experiences.
- Your beliefs (your reality) influence your behavior
- Your beliefs (your reality) influence other people’s behavior
- Your beliefs (your reality) influence your health (sugar pills)
- Your beliefs (your reality) – become REAL through how they influence and work themselves out through your behavior, other people’s behavior and your health.
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