Friday, February 4, 2011

Testimony of Hope

Testimony of Hope: The Spiritual Exercises of Pope John Paul IITestimony of Hope: The Spiritual Exercises of Pope John Paul II by Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, Pauline Books and Media, 2000.

Continuing with the previous post.

"'I left everything to follow Jesus, because I love the defects of Jesus.'

The Third defect: Jesus: Jesus doesn't know logic.

"A woman who has ten silver pieces loses one of them and she lights a lamp to search for it. When she finds it, she calls in her neighbors and says to them, 'Rejoice with me, because I have found the silver piece that I had lost' (cf. Lk 15:8-10).

This is truly illogical--to disturb your friends over one silver piece and then to plan a feast to celebrate the find! Even more, by inviting her friends, she is bound to spend more than the one silver piece. Not even ten silver peices would be enough to cover all the expenses. . . .

Here we can truly say, with the words of the French philospopher, Blaise Pascal, 'The heart has its reaons that reason doesn't know.'

Jesus reveals the strange logic of his heart at the end of this parable, 'Just so, I tell you, there is more joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents" (Lk 15:10).

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