BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, February 1st, 2018 by Fr. Anthony DeMello S.J. in AWARENESS

“The most difficult thing is the world is to listen, to see. We don’t want to see. Do you think a rich person wants to look at a poor person? We don’t want to look, because if we do, we may change. If you look, you lose control of the life that you are so precariously holding together.

And so in order to wake up, the one thing you need most is not energy, or strength, or youthfulness, or even great intelligence. The one thing you need most of all is the readiness to learn something new. The chances that you will wake up are in direct proportion to the amount of truth you can take without running away. How much are you ready to take? How much of everything you’ve held dear are you ready to have shattered without running away? How ready are you to think of something unfamiliar?”

Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Awareness”

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