Monday, February 4, 2013

Cardinal gives three keys to wisdom

Effort requires conscience, prudence, and concern for the common good
Cardinal Thomas Collins encouraged a dinner reception
to be as humble as hobbits. (Photo: The B.C. Catholic)
Wise decision-making has three key ingredients, according to Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. The cardinal told a Vancouver dinner reception that wisdom requires conscience, prudence, and concern for the common good.
Cardinal Collins said the secret of a happy life was putting oneself third. "God is first, my neighbour is second, and I am third."

"Happiness always comes in the back door, and creeps up on us while we are serving others; if we seek to find happiness by pushing ahead our own agenda, forgetful of others, we will be disappointed."

The cardinal strongly recommended spiritual direction for examining one's motives. He said a humble, honest look at one's own heart is the surest way to make sure one's intentions are selfless. "Humility is the lifeline," he said.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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