Because of resurrection, when all our tears are over, we will, incredibly, look back at them and laugh, not in derision but in joy. We do a little of that even now, you know. After a great worry is lifted, a great problem solved, a great sickness healed, a great pain relieved, it all looks very different as past, to the eyes of retrospection, than it looked as future, as prospect, or as present, as experience. Remember St. Teresa’s bold saying that from heaven the most miserable earthly life will look like one bad night in an inconvenient hotel!
“Torah is not merely a collection of prohibitions, rigid strictures and boring observances. Rather, it is a narrative of the blessings and promises of God initially offered to one person and family, but through which the whole world will ultimately be blessed.” Walter C. Kaiser JR.
10 Clippings from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
” There is I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil- a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
” It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first.”
” that is usual with young ladies to reject the addresses of the man whom they secretly mean to accept, when he first applies for their favor.”
” The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters.”
” A scheme of which every part promises delight can never be successful.”
” though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.”
” She was humbled; but she was proud of him.”
” We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing.”
” Painful recollections will intrude which cannot, which ought not, to be repelled. I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.”
” I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit.”
The strange thing about this God, the living god, is not that he is good, whereas other gods are bad, or any fact of that kind. It is that he is a person whom you can get to know, while they are always things which you can only know about. We may call them persons, but if all we know of them is what we know about them, then they are still really objects or things and they are not real persons to us.
J.E. Fison. Understanding The Old Testament. Great Britain:Oxford press, 1962.
“There are no perfect human beings! Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, and even great. There do in fact exist creators, seers, sages, saints, shakers, and movers… even if they are uncommon and do not come by the dozen. And yet these very same people can at times be boring, irritating, petulant, selfish, angry, or depressed. To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.”
Humans are not perfect indeed. that is why we are all sinners