6 years ago
3 years ago
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I read this interesting article recently; WARNING: Philosophy ahead!
THE MEANING OF CHARITABLE WORK
By Msgr. Luigi Giussani
1. Above all, our very nature requires us to be interested in others. When there is something beautiful within us we desire to communicate it to others. When we see others who are worse off than we are, we desire to help them with something of ours. This need is so original, so natural, that it is within us before we are conscious of it. We call it the law of existence. We do charitable work to satisfy this need.
2. We become ourselves to the extent that we live this need and this requirement. Communicating to others gives us the experience of completing ourselves. This is so true that, if we are not able to give, we experience ourselves as incomplete beings. To be interested in others, to communicate to others enables us to fulfill the supreme and, indeed, the only task in life: to become ourselves, to complete ourselves. We do charitable work so that we may learn to fulfill the task of becoming ourselves.
3. But it is Christ who has enabled us to understand the ultimate reason for this, revealing the ultimate law of being and of life: charity. The supreme law of our being is to share in the being of others, to live in communion. Only Jesus Christ reveals this to us, because He knows what everything truly is, who God, from whom we are born truly is, what Being truly is. I am able to understand the word “charity” when I remember that the Son of God, loving us did not send us His riches (as He was able to do) and revolutionize our situation; instead He became poor like one of us: He “shared” our nothingness. We charitable work in order to live like Christ.
1. Charity is the law of being and comes before natural likes and dislikes and feelings. Therefore, we can “do for others” while lacking any enthusiasm. There may very well be no so-called “concrete” result. For us, the only “concrete” attitude is attention to the person, that is, love for him. All the rest can come as a consequence: like Jesus who only after He manifested His love, performed miracles and fed the hungry.
We must note two initial points which are not usually clear regarding our openness to others: A) Meeting the need of others: This is an insufficient starting point and motive. What is the real need of another? This way of viewing things is unclear, because it depends on what we believe to be others’ needs. But what if that which I bring is not truly that which the other needs? What the other person truly needs I do not know, I do not measure, I do not have. It is a measure that I do not possess: it is something that changes. Therefore I cannot think that I am giving another what they really need.
There are three important considerations to think about before you look to do charitable work:
a) Know why. Until we know well, with clarity and simplicity, the ultimate reason or the goal of our work, we must never be satisfied. Our goal is to bring forth the true meaning of what we do, that is, the main reason for which we will succeed in being faithful even when we are no longer enthusiastic and experience no satisfaction from it. To achieve this it will be necessary to have an open dialogue about it in our assemblies in our groups with the leaders of our community, with those persons who are more mature and experienced. Above all it is necessary to verify our journey with the leaders of the community.
b) Doing in order to comprehend 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 use of the word). It is the free time that I have which educates 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, an almost instinctive way of conceiving all of life as a communion. The small amount of free time redeems all the rest. And, little by little, in doing charitable work, one begins to better understand one’s colleague at the bank, one’ s father and mother, one’s coworker. This mentality can be more easily developed in one’s youth. And it is only in beginning to do, to give of one’s free time as an essential act of your freedom, that Christian charity will become a mentality, a conviction, a permanent dimension of your life. It should be noted that the number of activities 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 affirmed at least through some gesture, even minimal, as long as it is systematic and brought to realization. Therefore once a month would be enough as a beginning. Regarding the frequency of this work, one should consult the community.
c) Order. It is our free time that we must use. There are two limits which maintain the order of this free time:
(i) Do not neglect study or work
(ii) Do not neglect one’s family
Here also a person’s dialogue with the authority in the family and with the authority in the group will help you to find the criteria to determine how much free time you actually have. Therefore, rules and regulations can be oppressive, if they forget or attempt to substitute for the only “concrete” reality that exists: the person, and your love for the person.
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4 years ago
But J and I are 6-1 in our predictions! So far the only one we got wrong was the Jacksonville game!
You see, J and I play the Steelers vs the weeks' opponent in Madden. He plays as the Steelers, and I play as the opponent. We've found that this produces much more accurate results than letting the computer play the game, because it introduces the human element. Doubtful? Read on.
Week 1: As the Ravens, I crushed him, and we thought - that's probably not going to happen.
Week 2: As the Seahawks, I got destroyed.
Week 3: As the Colts I lost by two possessions; J's win was sealed by a defensive touchdown. Hmmm...
Week 4: As the Texans, I beat him 17-7. The actual final was 17-10. Scary.
Week 5: As the Titans, I lost 35-20. The actual final was 38-17. Scary again.
Week 6: As the Jaguars, I beat him 23-20. So far this is our only wrong result.
Week 7: As the Cardinals, I lost 24-17.
Week 8: Simulation is forthcoming. We'll keep you up to date!
PS - Today is my 4th Wedding Anniversary. Love ya, Erin!
4 years ago
Portal 2 is the (insert superlative here) ! Hands down the (superlative) game I have played in a long time. The writing is (positive adjective) , the gameplay is (four-syllable adjective) , and the world is (adjective ending in -ive) !
I haven't finished the game, so I don't want to spoil it for myself. Tee-hee! If you haven't played the game yet, don't read that I'm at the part where you have to use a portal gun to solve a puzzle and navigate through the level .
Other games updates:
Dead Space is the scariest game I have ever played. I'm on Chapter 3, I think. I just refueled the engines and now I have to go to some centrifuge. Wish me luck and a spare set of pants.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Complete finally installed properly, so I had to re-roll but I didn't mind - I was only a couple hours in and it's a fun game, totally worth it too cuz the Complete mod is killer. Btw, I'm playing Shadow of Chernobyl, not Call of Pripyat as I had stated in a previous journal.
Those two will probably have to wait some more - as soon as I'm done w/ the single-player campaign of Portal 2 I'll be splitting my free time between the co-op campaign with a friend (when he's available) and when he's not available I'll be enjoying the Anniversary Festival in LOTRO. Beer Brawl is back!
EDIT 4-21-11: Portal 2 is done. ...and gone.
EDIT AGAIN: Hey, if you're here cause I just dropped you as a friend, it's nothing personal, I'm just making a new policy about friend requests - people I know in real life and people that I have had significant contact with on the site already (i.e., the P&CE/Religion&Philosophy Forums) are eligible. No RFRs. Retroactive to forever ago. Again, absolutely nothing personal.
4 years ago
Pretty sad when a Journal with some dumb meme reference is up for 6 months and I don't even put up a journal about a more significant milestone. I've been "over 10,000" for some time now. Sheesh. Get with the program, man.
Any visitors can look above and see how I've been spending most of my free time since this past fall. Yeah, I've gotten into Lord of the Rings Online - an MMO. Sigh, I said I never would but I did. It's fun. I don't think I'll ever turn into "that guy" - luckily I have 4 other people in my house whose constant need-having absorbs most of my time and energy. I'll stick with one character for as long as I can, and I'm not going to "power-level" or blast through the game to get to the high-level stuff in some depth-first-search for e-pen glory. I'm really enjoying just taking my time with the game, exploring all there is to explore in the world, and completing quests and deeds that don't really benefit my character in any real way, they're just fun to do. I enjoy the seasonal festival activities immensely, and I appreciate how much there is to do in the game besides kill stuff.
Aside from that I have some icons sitting in my Steam games list that are calling out to me (I'm deaf to their cries for now, at least until the Spring Festival in LOTRO is over.) S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat, Mass Effect, Bioshock, and Dead Space will have to wait.
Also, I got a haircut yesterday. I hate it. It's too short. I look like a neglected Chia Pet.
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