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Restless Spirit-Raised Up – by Oscar E V Fernando

 

 

Oscar Fernando

On a morning wake-tossing turning-his thoughts a spinning-brushing teeth-shaving face with bruises bleeding-with a towel’s pat-eyes and nose still dripping-

half in breakfast, washes hands and stands aloft, scratching head-which way to go and what job is next

sees his car-drives off to office leaving his pretty wife and files on the settee-she dangles these at the door step-reversing the car in haste-bangs on tree leaving a noisy creaky buffer- proceeds cursing and swearing for that insurance card not in cubby-rushing back he slips on polished floor ending in a bruised and bumpy head-cursing his amused wife for a floor over-polished and still moist and wet




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Reason for Life-A Plausible Opinion! – By Oscar E V Fernando

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Is it to-know-love-and serve God-as admonished?

To Know!

See a bud in gradual bloom-with roots pacing down for nutrients-

Leaves breathing in and breathing out oxygen.

Life in the egg with no breaking of shell-calf at udder with no earthly guidance.

Smile of a mother with unbearable pain in birthing’s sufferance.

The birdie ready with open mouth for food at mother’s beak for indulgence.

That melodious chord of music enthralling one to a glimpse of heaven’s raptures.

Fine tuning of Universe with precision revolution.

Are all these accidental? Or is it Maneuvered Intelligence?

Why be so blind as to refuse to see these-and many more and thus begin to-

Know God.

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A Missive by Oscar E V Fernando: One year after the fire, a French priest’s tribute to Notre-DameBy Courtney Mares

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Paris, France, Apr 14, 2020 / 11:01 pm (CNA).- For Fr. Pierre Amar, Notre-Dame de Paris has always been a masterpiece, “the very example of supreme beauty,” but now the Marian cathedral is also “a great burnt victim.”

One year after the fire destroyed much of the cathedral’s roof and spire, the French priest shared what the cathedral of Paris has meant and continues to mean for Catholics in France as the country again faces a crisis.

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Catastrophes may close some doors-open others! – By Oscar E V Fernando

 

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A quote from Noam Chomsky says-there are two problems for the human species’ survival – nuclear war and environmental catastrophe-and we’re hurtling towards them knowingly.

Scientists had warned of disasters that would follow global warming, if industries go on uninhibited, using fossil fuel that causes an effusion of carbon dioxide over and above accepted natural norms-just to satisfy greed of consumers: this has resulted with disasters in quick succession in recent years.

We may not be too late to stop on track and look out for other open doors!

Take the case of our youth, wallowing away their lives in the city to which they were lured by its glamor-youth with genes inherited from their forefathers who tilled the land on the rajakariya agricultural system and earned the Epithet-Granary of the East!

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Seeking truth in the Fallen World – by Oscar E V Fernando

World full of turmoil and grief-we see no end-no perfection.
Seek and seek for truth-truth eludes us in grand design.
Exasperated, we curse the Vast Creation
Look around and blame Creators Omniscient Vision.

Seems so true when a child born deformed we see suffering
Wars-wars-no end-with no surrender
In logic-no explanation-cry out with justified grieving
And blame the Creator for such continued blunder,

Some would see futility in seeking whole Truth
With no surrender-some would reel with the search
With search no end-unshaven beard-they end recluse
Thoughts unresolved-fingers with logic moved on same search

Only Creator would know the end of his search
Take Augustine-searched for Truth-saw the child-
Trying Empty ocean to the hole she dug in fervent faith
Augustine Embraced faith-earned doctorate-releasing futile logic of that same child

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Servant Leadership – New wine in Old Wine-skin –
By Oscar E.V. Fernando

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Oscar FernandoServant Leadership (SL) is a term, coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in his essay on SL first published in 1970, on propounding a corporate management technique: it says the leader should be affectionately considerate to his subordinate-who in turn will cause a ripple effect.

Much waters have flown under the bridge since the Dickensian cruelty to children in the then newly opened factories with the industrial revolution.

Following are highlights of the SL theory;

  • A leader should be a person that workers can relate to
  • priority is to serve rather than to command
    to ensure success and power to the employee.
  • to appreciate that a servant can become a leader only if the leader is first a servant to his subordinate.
  • Such behavior of a leader must result in workers becoming healthier and wiser with self-improvement and eventually possessing the traits of Servant Leaders themselves.

Several other authors have expanded on the theory and said the 10 characteristics of SL are;

  • Listening,
  • Empathy,
  • healing,
  • awareness,
  • persuasion,
  • conceptualization,
  • foresight, stewardship,
  • commitment to the growth of others, and building a community
  • Servant Leaders are individuals of character who put people first and are skilled communicators, compassionate collaborators, use foresight, be system thinkers and exercise moral authority.

Teachings on the concept of kindness and love towards one’s subordinates were prevalent in ancient society too, though sometimes accompanied in practice by evident severe cruelty to servants and slaves.

Ancient texts have passages akin to SL by philosophers like Lao Tzu and Confucius of early China.

In the Old Testament Bible, as old as the hills there are passages about the intrinsic love within human beings. It also foretells the coming of a Messiah to save mankind who though created in love had turned cruel over the years due to variously disputed reasons. 

Does it not reveal how long this very natural norm of love and affection had been lost sight of with the struggle for higher profit in business- thoughts that have been lying buried under the rubble of modernist thinking?

One such teaching that comes down the ages from the Old Testament in the Bible is the command to: Love God; Neighbor; Self.

The Messiah, foretold in the Old Testament, also preached the same love specifically by word of mouth and lived it practically in his life and death.

Here is a passages bearing on Servant Leadership in the New Testament Bible centuries before 1970:

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them – not so with you – instead whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”

Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many-showing this servility by washing the feet of his disciples! 

This voice of nearly 2,000 years ago still vibrates from the present Leader of this group Pope Francis, who says: “Lead from the heart and then from the head. Lead to serve. Leaders’ power does not reside in being right but in being real. Bring hope, equality and opportunity to those who have little.”

People long for leaders who put the interests of others ahead of their own, who are willing to do what is right above what is easy or politically expedient, and who are not afraid to lay their reputation on the line for a cause and a vision that is vastly bigger than themselves.

Now after years of denial, a new theory has to be propounded and further research has to be done to revive it?

This commandment of love is what rings throughout in the New Testament Bible. Curiously; this is also what is highlighted by modern writers and singers such as Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Eckert Tolle, Greenleaf, Jim Reeves, the singer and many others who by eloquent and modern emphasis on love have written and sung for the immense benefit of our present day society!

Do we not see that the theory of Servant Leadership conforms to the earlier and the later independent teachings of religious leaders and the Ancient Church, and that it is new wine in an old wine skin – now commercially packaged appealingly for the benefit of society!?



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Reverence for Life. – By Oscar E V Fernando

Reverence for Life (RL), in a broad sense, may be taken as respect or veneration for the life of plants, animals and human beings.

It is the belief of some that a human being is only an animal and others connote sacredness or morality to a human being, depending on one’s religious belief. On this concept depends the approach to the meaning of (RL)

Does it need moral teaching to conclude RL?

Observing the world around and the behavior of living creatures would be sufficient to revere life!

Following are some thoughts of the Great Humanitarian Philosopher and Writer AlbertSchweitzer-1875 –1965;

·       Ethics alone will prompt us to believe that RL involves maintaining life, and that to destroy it, without purpose, is evil.

·       The only one thing we are certain of is that we live, and that we want to go on living-until natural death.

·       In nature we become aware that RL is something we share with all living creatures-birds in the air, elephants in the forest-extending to even the blade of grass.

·      It follows that we are brothers and sisters to all living things and therefore we owe them the same care and respect we wish for ourselves.

In view of the many philosophical divergences attributed to Schweitzer’s writings, the following aspects of his thoughts are highlighted;

·       In his books he had adverted to the Old Testament Bible, which is as old as the hillsthe Admonishment-Thou Shalt not Kill-and in the New Testament the story of the Good Samaritan-who came to the aid of a suffering person of an unfriendly camp, without passing him on his way.

·       He also composed a prayer in his childhood that ran-“O heavenly Father, protect and bless all things that have breath, guard them from all evil, and let them sleep in peace….” 

·       He admonished the concept of ethics calling it a responsibility without limit toward all that live-connoting that love includes fellowship in suffering and joy.

·       He adverted to the fact that in today’s society, the concept of Free Will inherent in human beings to choose between right or wrong is submerged and replaced with the will to do what we want.

·       On the basis of this Free Will He Said-I am life that wills to live in the midst of life that wills to live and resolved to stop living thoughtlessly: he thus began to revere life-in order to give life a true meaning!

·       In 1920 he adverted to the fact that lack of RL was the cause of the decline in Western Civilization: he noted that west failed to realize that industrial progress should have been mixed with RL.

·       In the rapid progress of the Industrial Revolution mankind overlooked ethics of RL-to realize that one can only destroy life under a necessity he cannot avoid, and never from thoughtlessness.

We see that by nature alone and/or moral teachings we are prone to revere life: take the case of a twelve-week fetus infant in the womb receding when forceps get near it to be crushed for abortion-as if to say-Stop-stop I want to go on living (see the video Clip-Scream of the Babe)

Much can be inferred from the writings of Saint Francis of Assisi who says;

·       Praise to God for every one of his works.

·       Every creature cried out to him-he who made us is infinitely good

·       He called animals, brother and sister and exhorted them to praise God together with people on the street

Life of a human being is sacred for Christians who believe that a human being was created in the Image and Likeness of God, according to the Genesis chapter in the bible-to be read in conjunction with the strides taken by Vatican to get closer to Darwin’s theory of evolution-and this may be read on the internet!

Why do humans destroy life and more important-why do they encourage other humans to destroy life-when from within a voice is heard not to do the wrong thing by killing? Should we not avoid killing-be it in normal times or in war?

In contrast to the above, it is interestingly worth pondering as to;

·      Why some say it is a sin to kill but-consume what is killed-with no qualms of conscience as they did not kill.

·      Some consume what is killed by concluding animals are not sacred unlike human beings and therefore can be killed for consumption-although the killing is brutal and a far sight from the concept of RL.

·      Some point out that nature allows the mightier animal to kill the weaker and consume it-and therefore justify palatable meats on the table.

·      Others point out that consuming meats is nutritionally beneficial-followed by some who say life in any form should be protected and only kill for say, nutritional or other purposes.

 Will we not resist if a higher intellectual creature than we are attempt to kill us to satisfy its palate?

But of course, if there is a will there is a way-to refrain from meat eating!!

The writer can only leave the readers with these thoughts to ponder!

Oscar E V Fernando

August 28, 2019

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Whence we came and Whither we go!? – By Oscar E V Fernando

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A Still Void it was, and Lo! What darkness before He summoned Light,
When the Ocean, Firmament and a Vault of Blue above-shone Bright.
The Eternal Breath breathed into to the slime–Yes! Be it dust or beast!
There we were in the Breath of Spirit-no beginning no end no retreat.
Somewhere between The Soul and ours-a quirk of pride occurred.
The soul fell from Grandeur and thereafter in sweat we labored-
To earn back that Grandeur, He sent His Son to expiate and suffer.
From thence it was-we see glimpses but await the Final Grandeur 
 
In that Soul Divine was an atomic strand with no matter and form-
Floating in Blissful Grandeur, till its consummation in womb with genes so formed.
T’is whence we came-now we search Whiter we go in spirit therein.
Searching from womb to tomb that Grandeur we earlier dwelt in
 
To this spirit He breathed a sense of Right and Wrong.
Left it with Free Will for that discerned Right or Wrong.
If right we do, the departing strand will see Heavens Bliss in Grandeur
If wrong, we do He shows His Grandeur and says-depart to everlasting Non Grandeur
Whence we came we thus Know-Whither we go too we know and we must endeavor-
To live according to His Will-only then behold we see this Grandeur forever.
If wrong, we do the oppose happens and we see non-Grandeur forever-we and only we are to blame!
Mea Culpa Mea Culpa Mea Maxima Culpa-the parting strand thus accepts flame.
 
Brother Sister why be lost? -know the truth of whence and whither.
And also we know what we are, within and without-this accept with no whimper.
Resort to whence ye came-that Ageless Wisdom-when in distress.
No drugs-no vengeance no killings-go within and meet the Light that Destroyed Darkness.
Oscar E V Fernando
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Aiding aged with Alzheimer’s – By Oscar E.V.

Alzheimer’s

 

Oscar Fernando

With the advancement of civilization, science and technology, problems of ageing too seem to have advanced! One of the dreaded problems is Alzheimer’s disease (AD). 

Ageing is an unstoppable journey leading to second childhood and eventually infancy. AD has expedited this process for some. But we have on medical advice that with proper health care, timely observation and preventive measures, the aged can be less of a burden to family and society with onset of AD. 

Forgetfulness in old age is common to all humanity. But with AD it is a sickness. 

AD is a frightening and debilitating illness that is characterized by “confusion, memory failure, disorientation, restlessness, amnesia, speech disturbances, inability to carry out purposeful movements, and hallucinations” (‘Mosby’s Medical, Nursing and Allied Heath Dictionary’).

The symptoms can best be exemplified with an excerpt from ‘The 36-Hour Day,’ a book for families and caregivers of people with (AD).

“Often, Mary was afraid, a nameless, shapeless fear. Her impaired mind could not put a name or an explanation to her fear. People came, memories came, and then they slipped away. She could not tell what was real and what was not. The bathroom was not where it was yesterday. Dressing became an insurmountable ordeal….Mary gradually lost the ability to make sense out of what her eyes and ears told her….She worried about her things: a chair, and the china that had belonged to her mother. They said they had told her over and over, but she could not remember where her things had gone. Perhaps someone had stolen them. She had lost so much…. Mary was glad when her family came to visit. Sometimes she remembered their names; more often she did not. She never remembered that they had come last week, so she regularly scolded them for abandoning her….She was glad when they didn’t try to remind her of what she had just said or that they had come last week, or ask her if she remembered this person or that one. She liked it best when they just held her and loved her.”

“Although the risk of AD developing increases with age, in most people symptoms first appear after age 60 and it is found that AD rapidly increases between the ages 65 and 85. Medical science is still in the quest of finding its causes. That AD is not a part of normal aging is concluded with the knowledge that, in the absence of disease, the human brain often can function well into the tenth decade of life,” say medical researchers. 

People today are often puzzled about various terms used in the field of forgetfulness. Dementia is a term used to describe a range of illnesses that affect a person’s ability to think, to reason and to remember. Although AD is the most common form of dementia that can effect elders, it can also effect people in their forties or even younger. The term amnesia has been medically defined as the inability to recall an event which has ended, and the patient thereafter returning to normal self and is said to be common among those who are tensed, anxious and trying to have too many irons in the fire, whatever be the age. 

By taking treatment it is researched that although AD cannot be cured, at least it can be slowed down. 

In the question of life of an AD patient, it may be asked whether it is mere existence, with total custodian care, or with early detection and preventive treatment, a patient’s quality of life is sustained to make it easier for the patient and the care givers who are hard to find in this busy world of hectic activity!

It has been researched that AD is probably the only illness that can truly be described as being the opposite of birth. The brain begins shrinking as the disease progresses and the layers of learning are stripped away in much the same order in which they were laid on from birth. At death, the brain resembles that of a newborn infant. This implies that family members and care givers have to be mindful that up to the point of reaching this stage, the patient responds to love, touch emotion and the care givers’ sympathetic understanding similar to the responses of a new born infant!

With the onset of age should we not be alert to keep our minds occupied to ensure there are no mental and physical atrophies that may trigger such diseases as AD? Should not the family members too make discreet observations for their own sake as well as for the sake of their dear ones?

It is said that caring for an AD patient at home can be very demanding both physically and emotionally – it can make one feel lonely. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. Much compassion, will power, adjustments and adaptations may be necessary in the long run. It implies caring for the patient’s general health, keeping an eye on his/her daily activities, avoiding risk of injuries, preventing infections, drug and recreation management and doing all this with much love and care. As the disease gets worse and caring at home becomes increasingly difficult, family members will face difficult decisions about long-term care. 

Research has found that the worst that can happen to an AD patient is to be put away from the home environment. With no love and attention the disease could be worsened. But on pragmatic terms in a poor country such as ours, family caregivers will be hard to find as they will not be able to cope with the attention needed, and at the same time be gainfully employed and tend to their own families. These are matters that our civil society will have to deal with in addition to providing homes for the aged and other elderly care. 

Would it surprise readers to know that a caregiver must first cultivate loving oneself before being capable of loving and caring for another person, according to a book on instructions to care givers? Does it connote self-esteem? Does it also not echo the Second Commandment given to Moses several millennia ago, “to love thy neighbor as thyself”?

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Panacea for Global Distress by Ancient/Modern writers.- By Oscar E V Fernando

 

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Henry Ford the well-known American business tycoon was asked by Dale Carnegie if he ever worried about business-he replied;
“No. I believe God is managing affairs and he does not need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe that everything will work out for the best in the end” He lived with, and also thrived in business, with this opinion that he firmly believed in!
Cynics and many others would express different opinions: an opinion is defined in the Chamber’s dictionary as a view held as probable: Is a probability worth arguing, quarreling and ending in fisticuffs? Take what is best to live by-express it mildly-but let others live with their own opinion: that is the most acceptable Lifestyle
Catastrophes around the globe, amidst the busy-mess with Inflation, GDP, Cost of Living Index, FD I’s, Deficit Budgets etc., bring to our minds the thoughts of the world’s Greats-Lord Buddha, Prophet Mohamed Christ Jesus, Confucius, Gandhi and other modern writers  such as Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer Eckert Tolle- for wisdom and guidance
A step back from the busy-mess will ease out thinking on these very socially necessary problems: perhaps a Common Prayer room set apart in most International Airports, is evident witness of this stepping back from hopping planes, for these crisis-crossing businessmen-or magnates.
This writer opines on some thoughts of Christ Jesus.
Take the sermon he delivered on a mountain to thousands who followed him at that time-popularly called The Sermon on the Mount.
We see from the life of Christ that he retreated to the mountains and desert for silent meditation to receive guidance for his spirit to redeem Fallen Mankind from the wrath of sin-perhaps a good practice to be adopted by busy modernists!
He revealed Divine Wisdom mostly in parables and left his followers to discern in the silence: his thoughts were later scripted into a book.
He revolutionized a world where the norm was-an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth-much the same as how Lord Buddha transformed society by teaching that hatred will never cease with hatred.
His teachings however were not in the realm of logic to be reasoned out-but to be understood in pure faith-faith that must be stayed upon and pondered, to blossom into a logical belief in the Eternal Truth within us-as creatures in the image and likeness of the Creator
He spoke in parables but yet millions follow his teachings to earn the Kingdom within and without that he revealed
He admonished followers to be poor in spirit-a thought out of the blues in a world that rushes to get richer so as to acquire all the goodies they desire. Did this imply that we should live literally poor all life through? No.
He encouraged followers to use their talents to enrich themselves and thereby share the wealth with needy neighbors who were less talented and are poor. He told the rich man to sell all he has and watched his reaction, to teach the world the correct attitude to wealth-as to whether he possess it in his heart or just own the wealth in paper as a trustee for the Creator. He showed the difference between possession and ownership; the former is idolatry of wealth which he decried at every turn and taught the rich young man that what troubled him was possessiveness of and idolizing his wealth.
Would not, poor in spirit imply-that one must empty self-will and compromise on preconceived notions-not rely only on one’s own judgment, but seek to find other opinions-not be overly proud of one’s academic distinctions-be humble to face ridicule when standing up for rights: these are just a smattering of examples in spiritual poverty!
Thus we see the difference between literal poverty and poverty in spirit-that leads to Peace and Prosperity.
He also taught his followers to mourn, expecting comfort to come in due time and place. This, on face value is a discomforting admonishment, in a world with a rush for happiness and joy, even with drugs and the pill. Isn’t this very same rush that causes a person to mourn followed by depression, stress and anxiety? We thereby bring upon ourselves that mourning and suffering-then throw up hands asking the good and loving Creator why he also created suffering that leads to mourning-forgetting that it came about due to the abuse of Free Will that is the spice of life to earn or not the eternal reward and without which a human is reduced to a mere vegetable.
The so called wise men will go on arguing the pros and cons of this statement but the Wise Teacher taught and showed followers to abide in faith and even wait in mourning for the Resurrection that follows the Crucifixion-an inevitability to be accepted with resignation and contentment.
Yes-he waited with patience and subdued emotion on the cross-subdued to the extent that he looked up and asked his Father in heaven to forgive the enemies who crucified him: it is this same person who said that those who mourn with patience will be comforted at the right time and place and eventually they will be with him in Paradise-obviously a matter of Faith that blossoms to fruition on pondering-not logic to reason out!
He also preached-to be meek to inherit the earth. To be meek is to have a mild and gentle temperament and also it can mean to be submissive-not giving into self-willed pride. Such submissiveness to the Creator and thereby to the rightful worldly authority, will make one inherit the earth: it may imply that with rightful submission one would enjoy the fruits of the earth-meaning all one’s rightful desires.
This meekness is not the crafty act of a Uriah Heep in Dickens’s David Copperfield to be ‘umble with head bent cheekily, to get what he wants sneakily: it is to be meek and submissive like Moses, and through that meek submissiveness to be commissioned to be bold to lead the Israelite s  to the Promised Land!
He called those who hunger and thirst for righteousness-Blessed. This is to search and do what is right and not to give into a wrongful act for an immediate gain-in short not to be lured by a bribe for easy riches and power-but painfully pursue what is Right
He says-Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Mercy is kindness or forgiveness shown when punishment is possible or justified.
Mercy is not throwing a coin when passing a beggar-but to stop and, if needed, tend to his wounds-to assist a man bleeding and struggling for breath after being knocked down by a vehicle-to invite to the table those poor and hungry groveling under the table to eat the fallen crumbs: it is to be moved in heart and just not vainly exhibit wealth and position.
True mercy is a movement of heart and not just hands and feet: to only exhibit a kind act without a kind heart is hypocrisy. To such genuine and sincere mercy the Creator’s mercy will flow.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. His followers know that all mankind is made in the Image and Likeness of God. If in your heart you are in conformity with his will at every choice you have to make, then you will be blessed-the true meaning of the prayer-Thy Will be Done.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God-this echoes the song-Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. With constant communion with Spirit we get into the realm of peace and serenity that dissolves stress and strain-for he said-be like children to experience heavenly bliss-not be bloated up with omnipotence-to think you are all powerful and omniscience-to think you are all knowing
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Persecution for most people is the sacrifice of life for the sake of truth-and it is so. Could it not also be that in our daily choices we persecute ourselves by using our free will to do the right instead of wrong? It may be to refuse ill-gotten money and persecute our inclination to do otherwise!
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. It may be in society you stand up and speak the truth when most others contradict and vilify you and say you are a deranged fanatic-bare it up and you will see unexpected blessings flow into your life!
He goes on with the following admonishments;
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; nor does it give light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
It is very evident that all the above Pearls of Wisdom that had been buried in the rubble of confusion, is now unearthed by modern and eloquent writers to help the modernists as a panacea  for global illnesses, such as-depression-anxiety-stress and other mental agonies!
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