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Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl   Leave a comment

Quote from reviews on amazon.com on the teaching of Frankl:

Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning.
•Frankl saw three possible sources for meaning: in work (doing something significant), in love (caring for another person) and in courage during difficult times. Suffering in and of itself is meaningless; we give our suffering meaning by the way in which we respond to it.
•Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, you freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.
•The truth- that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and believe have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.
•Love goes very far beyond the physical person of the beloved. It finds its deepest meaning in his spiritual being, his inner self. Whether or not he is actually present, whether or not he is still alive at all, ceases somehow to be of importance.

 

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Posted August 25, 2018 by ouidaofs in Holocaust, Love, Uncategorized

A farewell message from Charles Krauthammer   Leave a comment

I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.

In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications — which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health.

However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.

I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing.

Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.

I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.

Published in Washington Post, June 8, 2018

Posted June 22, 2018 by ouidaofs in Death, Uncategorized

The Peace of Wild Things   Leave a comment

Posted June 15, 2017 by ouidaofs in Peace, Prayer, Uncategorized

An Insidious Idol   Leave a comment

wealth and riches

 

Commerce is supported by keeping the individual at odds with himself and others, by making us want more than we need, and offering credit to buy what refined senses do not want.The masses become shackled; I see how their eyes weep and are desperate – of course they feel desperate – for something some remedy that a poor soul then feels needs to be bought.Meister Eckhart – written 700 years ago
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 As long as we look for some kind of pay for what we do, as long as we want to get something from God in some kind of exchange, we are like the merchants. If you want to be rid of the commercial spirit, then by all means do all you can in the way of good works, but do so solely for the praise of God. Live as if you did not exist. Expect and ask nothing in return. Then the merchant inside you will be driven out of the temple God has made. Then God alone dwells there. See! This is how the temple is cleared: when a person thinks only of God and honors him alone. Only such a person is free and genuine. ~Meister Eckhart

 

Posted May 27, 2016 by ouidaofs in Meister Eckhart, Uncategorized

The Spiritual Legacy of Mother Angelica | Word on Fire   Leave a comment

Mother Angelica, one of the most significant figures in the post-conciliar Catholic Church in America, has died after a fourteen-year struggle with the after effects of a stroke. When Church historians write their accounts of the years immediately following Vatican II, Rita Rizzo of Canton, Ohio, Mother Angelica, will find a very honored place.

Source: The Spiritual Legacy of Mother Angelica | Word on Fire

Posted April 21, 2016 by ouidaofs in Uncategorized

Deeper Kind of Love   Leave a comment

Posted March 18, 2015 by ouidaofs in Uncategorized

Little Baby Child   Leave a comment

Sweet little baby child, born in a manger.
Sweet little baby boy, in the arms of Saint Joseph,
            God trusting his creature.
Baby Jesus, poor in spirit, both emptied and filled,
            surrendering to an earthly father
                        that we may surrender to a heavenly one.
A baby, pure in heart, dwelling among us that we may see God.
Little, like a taste of bread and wine.  God beheld and God consumed.
            God trusting us with himself.
Sweet little baby child, Word made flesh.

Ouida Tomlinson
June 9, 1997
(In the garden of St. Clare Monastery, New Orleans, LA)

Posted December 16, 2013 by ouidaofs in Christmas, Jesus, Uncategorized

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