Stoic Advice

Take a look at this cartoon of someone asking for an advice from Epictetus, one of well-known Stoic philosophers.

The point is that we could never really know in advance what would happen in the future, so being mindful in the present moment and rejoice in it is the best thing we could do, as past time was once a present time and future time will definitely be present time. It’s all about now and how we choose our mind to deal with anything happens in it.

What do you think about the cartoon? Feel free to share your thoughts through comments below.

Have a great day—filled with great present moments! 😉

Fides et Ratio

This is a huge topic on its own, and an 8-minute YouTube video here may serve well as an introduction.

Bishop Robert Barron on Faith and Reason

Something I noticed very clearly on this video is that faith and reason can walk side by side; Fides quaerens intellectum: Faith seeking understanding.

It means that our capacity to reason is in fact enriches our faith. The two are good together. As Anselm of Canterbury puts it eloquently, “Neque enim quaero intelligere ut credam, sed credo ut intelligam” (“I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but rather, I believe in order that I may understand”).

If you take your time to watch another video below—still from Bishop Barron—you’ll get the point.

Bishop Robert Barron on What Faith Is and What Faith Is Not

I do love Bishop Barron’s way of explaining. Clear and systematic. If you find his materials of interest, please subscribe to his YouTube channel or explore the website.

Pace e Bene. 🙂

How to Pack Light

Pack Light Guide

For those of you who travel a lot and don’t want to spend a lot of time packing stuff into your backpack, the video above might be something worth-watching.

So things you’re going to need for days—clothes, shoes, toiletries, snacks, jacket, water bottle, small bags, umbrella, wallet, quick-dry towel—are all packable into a single backpack. It helps you (a lot) during the travel, definitely.

I have tried it myself, and it feels great. The point is to decisively put in essential things, things that you really need, into your backpack. That way, you’ll find it easier to travel light.

Happy packing and be in peace.

Pace e Bene. 🙂

Salvifici Doloris : Sebuah Pengantar

Bagaimana Gereja Katolik memandang penderitaan manusia?

Penderitaan merupakan suatu fakta kehidupan manusia yang paling sulit dihadapi dan dipahami. Tak ada manusia yang tidak pernah menderita. Saat Anda membaca teks ini, misalnya, anak-anak di belahan dunia lain (barangkali) sedang terjangkit penyakit langka, ditelantarkan, para tawanan disiksa, wanita diperkosa, pasangan suami istri saling menyakiti, reputasi orang hancur karena pilihan politis, orang-orang baik mati muda dan orang-orang jahat justru berkuasa. “Mengapa semua ini harus terjadi?” menjadi pertanyaan di benak kita.

Berbagai bentuk penderitaan manusia ini bahkan telah lama dijadikan sebagai argumen yang membantah keberadaan Tuhan. Jika memang Tuhan ada, dan Dia Maha Kasih, lalu mengapa Dia “membiarkan” semua penderitaan terjadi, barangkali begitu logikanya. Lebih mudah bagi banyak orang untuk akhirnya menilai bahwa alam semesta tercipta secara kebetulan saja, sehingga penderitaan merupakan sesuatu yang tidak dapat dihindari sebagai sebuah kemungkinan (probabilitas); di dalam dunia dimana tiap orang memiliki kebebasan, berbagai hal (bisa saja) menjadi kacau, dan terjadilah penderitaan manusia.

Dalam pandangan Gereja Katolik, penderitaan manusia (human suffering) adalah suatu misteri. Misteri yang dimaksud di sini bukan merujuk ke semacam teka-teki untuk dipecahkan, atau semacam persoalan yang membutuhkan jawaban pasti, misalnya hasil penjumlahan dua angka positif.

Selanjutnya…

Abandoned, A Short Movie

The following video speaks beautifully of a loving Dad.

Abandoned Short Movie

Seeing God through the perspective of a loving Dad, us being a blind child, is really empowering. The close relationship—Dad and his child—gives context to the whole story, a story of true love.

Many see only the absence of God during difficult times, and a few see Him even more clearly during the same dark moments in their lives.

Why a blind child? Not so much to the extent of being physically blind, but to the extent that as a child, at times, we may not see the whole of our Dad’s huge love and care and affection. We may not understand him entirely. Sometimes we even think we are abandoned by him. The same with our relationship with God. Many see only the absence of God during difficult times, and a few see Him even more clearly during the same dark moments in their lives.

What about you? Of two options dealing with difficult situations—seeing God as a loving and caring God or seeing yourself as being abandoned by Him—which one would you rather choose to put your trust in?

Does the movie help you see which one is actually true? 🙂

Pace e Bene. 🙂