Sunday, April 17, 2005

Free time and reflection

Minne- Fountain of Kneeling Youths

Today just feels like a day of reflection (Besides the fact that it is Subday). I would like to include a passage written by Msgr. Luigi Giussani in his text on the meaning of Charitable work.

"In order to understand it is not enough to know, it is necessary to do, with the courage of freedom. Freedom is the adherence to that Being which is seen in our lives, that is, to the truth. If the law of existence is living in communion, then we must share everything, every instant. This is the supreme maturity, which can also be called humanity or sanctity. It is much more difficult to educate ourselves to this ideal if the motive of our action is a scene of obligation because of external circumstances ("duty" in the normal se of the word).
It is the free time that I have which educated me: that which gives the exact indication of my availability to others is the use of that time which is mine alone, with which I can do whatever I want. By choosing to use our free time in this way, we form a mentality, and almost instinctive way of conceiving all of life as a communion.
The small amount of free time redeems all the rest... It should be noted that the number of actvities and the quantity of time that one dedicates is not important. It is important that in our lives and in our conscience the principle of sharing be affrmed at least through some gesture, even minimal, as long as it is systematic and brought to realization..."

Off to use my day wisely... remembering these words of Don Gius!


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