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Jan Brueghel the Elder, The Sermon on the Mount
The Beatitudes begin with ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of God.’Poverty of spirit does not take away joy in life. Quite the contrary, it is the gateway to joy, because it enables us to surrender to ultimate reliance on God, which leads to freedom.        Paradoxically, then, we are truly rich.  Reliance on God may sound like a recipe for laziness, as if we needed to do nothing on our own.  But the reality is the...
Make haste slowly by Peter Knott SJ
Haste is our enemy. It puts us under stress,  makes us impatient, renders us more vulnerable to accidents and, most seriously of all, blinds us to the needs of others.There may be occasions when we need to move fast, but haste is normally not a virtue, irrespective of the goodness of the thing towards which we are hurrying. Hence the phrase festina lente, make haste slowly.Because of time pressures we tend not to see a given situation as a moral one.  In essence, the more in a hurry...