I’m not a Henry Kissinger fan, but this is a great statement:
Henry Kissinger once said that the essence of statecraft is to extract from the compulsion of circumstances an element of choice. via Bold Visions and Historical Choice – By Mario Loyola – The Corner – National Review Online.
In spiritual terms, it is God who creates from the compulsion of circumstances a choice for good.
God is the living Presence who can be encountered and known through his word addressed to each generation in turn.
Word and Presence: A Commentary on the Book of Deuteronomy
This is the theme of Deuteronomy according to Ian Cairns. I like it, though I wouldn’t buy into all his presuppositions on the book. I have long appreciated the “presence” theme in the Old Testament, so if I had the wherewithal I just might buy the dead-tree book. (I don’t use Logos, just saw the link on Twitter and took a peek.)
… these studies tell us nothing about whether the observed anomalies were present at birth or whether they resulted from trauma, chronic stress or other early-childhood experiences. One of the most profound findings in behavioral neuroscience in recent years has been the clear evidence that the developing brain is shaped by experience. — NYTimes.com.
I hate to say I told you so, but …
This whole article is good. Surprisingly, for the NYT.
“The wise man must not know after but know before.” —Epicharmus (460 BC), cited in C. Spicq, TLNT, 2:472
The Church offers itself as the human space of fraternity in which every believer can and must experience that union among men and women and with God which is a gift from on high. The Acts of the Apostles is a splendid example of this dimension of the Church: there we find described a community of believers profoundly marked by fraternal union, by the sharing of material and spiritual goods, by kindness and sentiments (Acts 2, 42-48), to the point of being of “one heart and soul” (Acts 4, 32).
If every vocation in the Church is a gift to be lived for others, as a service of charity in freedom, then it is also a gift to be lived with others. Therefore it is discovered only living in fraternity. via New Vocations for a new Europe
I might tweak that quote by saying that it is God who offers the church as this human space, but obviously she offers herself if the Lord does. Sometimes we’re ready to live for others, but not with others. Our gifts can be employed only as we do both. So I agree with the sentiments expressed here, in spite of its source.