Compassion & Intellect ~ Intellect & Compassion
This page is simply food for thought and a free gift for you.
Instructions: Download the image, print it and then fold on the center line, so that "Compassion" shows on one side
and "Intellect" shows on the other. Easy!
Then just toss or tuck it somewhere handy, and see which side pops up during your
busy week's "moments". It's really helpful.
I printed up a basket of them, once, and let everyone have one, and it added to the week's success!
Four of the images will fit on one 8.5 x 11 inch standard sheet of printer paper.
Someone sent the card to me as an artshow ad, making me think, on the subject of such a basic dichotomy.
At that point, I took it off my bulletin board and began to carry it - folded and gluestick-ed it together, so that it created a sort of playing card, and it worked like flipping a coin, with "Intellect" on one side and "Compassion" on the other.
I left it in my wallet/datebook, loose, so that I could not predict which side would show itself to me. For weeks, it was a moment's help, not once, but over and over again.
Of course, it became soiled in time, so I trashed it, and left the idea alone - such neat tricks must be fresh, and, unfortunately, lose their effectiveness.
But some time later, I wanted a fresh one, and was glad I'd saved the image document above, and am enjoying it again.
In stressful times, the quick moment's thought can "save the day".
May you find it useful, too!
A famous Compassion Story: Most of us will NEVER be called upon to exhibit Compassion to this extreme.
And so, that much easier to share the bit of the Compassion/Intellect lights that we ARE called upon to show!
The Daily E-Pistle
Saturday May 10, 2003
Optional Memorial of Bl. Damien Joseph de Vesteur of Molokai, priest
Blessed Damien Joseph de Veuster was born at Tremeloo, Belgium on
January 3, 1840. As a young man he was blessed with the
opportunity to attend college. During his college life, he was exposed
to the Fathers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (the Picpus
Fathers) and became very interested in their order. In 1860 he joined
the order and soon began volunteering for missionary opportunities
in corners of the world that had never heard the name of Jesus.
Damien's requests bore fruit in 1864 when he was sent to Hawaii
with nine other monks to evangelize. Two months after he landed, he
was ordained and given a remote parish with boundaries larger than
his homeland. Over the next decade, Fr. Damien worked tirelessly to
build his parish and to spread the good news.
1873 - Hawaii's Leper Colony Island, Molokai, needed
missionaries. Many were reluctant to even consider the
position, as it meant that they would never be allowed to leave the
island but Fr. Damien volunteered to minister to these people. It is for
this work that Fr. Damien gained a wide reputation and is still
remembered. He worked to restore humanity and dignity to these
outcasts of society and in the process contracted leprosy himself.
1885 Fr. Damien was diagnosed with leprosy but he refused to give
up his work or to leave the island for treatment. His selfless example
encouraged others to come to the island to minister physically and
spiritually to the lepers. Fr. Damien died of leprosy in 1889 and was
returned to his homeland to be buried in Antwerp Cathedral. He was
declared venerable in 1977 and beatified in 1995.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
I make myself a leper with the lepers, to gain all for Jesus Christ.
Bl. Damien Joseph de Veuster
It is interesting to note that his work came to the world
at the same time as The Red Cross, and other international
compassion projects reacting to the horrors of Wars,
in particular, and worldwide inhumanity, in general.
More "Food for Thought" for you! Fascinating idea or 'just plain silly' :
Barnes and Noble
Book: Coded clues in Bible predict future
Bible Code May 31, 1997
Web posted at: 2:15 p.m. EDT (1415 GMT)
NEW YORK (CNN) -- A newly released book claims the Old Testament
contains coded clues to momentous events such as the assassinations of
Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, John F. Kennedy and Yitzhak Rabin.
"The Bible Code," written by Michael Drosnin and published by Simon &
Schuster, hit bookstands Thursday. The book says that the original
Hebrew text of the first five books of the Bible, when analyzed by
computer, identifies rabbis who lived centuries later and foretells
The code is likened to a huge crossword puzzle, with letters scattered
throughout the text with equal numbers of letters between them.
Critics have panned the book, calling its theory of coded prophesies
The Associated Press contributed to this
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