"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Unless You Become As Little Children

erily I say unto you, unless ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 18:3

These words of our Lord Jesus Christ are so often overlooked. What could they tell us? How might they help lead us into the Kingdom of Heaven where we may behold, for all of eternity, the blessed vision of our Beloved, the King of Glory?
There are occasions when kernels of truth and "spiritual" insights may be gleaned from the ordinary. Consider these short quotations from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry', The Little Prince. I was late in coming to appreciate this little book, but thanks to a dear friend, and "not everyone has a friend", I will now never forget it simple truths.

“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”

“To forget a friend is sad. Not everyone has had a friend.  And if I forget him, I may become like the grown−ups who are no longer interested in anything but figures.”

“I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.”

“Here is my secret. It's quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

“But the conceited man did not hear him. Conceited people never hear anything but praise.”

“For, to conceited men, all other men are admirers.”

“Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more.”

“Grown-ups love figures... When you tell them you've made a new friend they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you "What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies? " Instead they demand "How old is he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make? " Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.”

“No one is ever satisfied where he is.”

“Language is the source of misunderstandings.” [compared to our actions, which reveal our true heart]

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

“If you were to say to the grown-ups: "I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof," they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all. You would have to say to them, "I saw a house that cost $20,000." Then they would exclaim, "Oh, what a pretty house that is!”

“It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.”

"What matters most are the simple pleasures so abundant that we can all enjoy them... Happiness doesn't lie in the objects we gather around us. To find it, all we need to do is open our eyes.”


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