The Building of a Civilization of Love

The third area of commitment that comes with love is that of daily life with its multiple relationships. I am particularly referring to family, studies, work and free time. Dear young friends, cultivate your talents, not only to obtain a social position, but also to help others to “grow”. Develop your capacities, not only in order to become more “competitive” and “productive”, but to be “witnesses of charity”. In addition to your professional training, also make an effort to acquire religious knowledge that will help you to carry out your mission in a responsible way. In particular, I invite you to carefully study the social doctrine of the Church so that its principles may inspire and guide your action in the world. May the Holy Spirit make you creative in charity, persevering in your commitments, and brave in your initiatives, so that you will be able to offer your contribution to the building up of the “civilisation of love”. The horizon of love is truly boundless: it is the whole world!

- Pope Benedict XVI, WYD 2007 MESSAGE, Growing in love each day


3:12. Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.
3:13. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended. But one thing I do: Forgetting the things that are behind and stretching forth myself to those that are before,
3:14. I press towards the mark, to the prize of the supernal vocation of God in Christ Jesus.


-St. Paul to Philippians

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The Four Temperaments

I learned first about temperaments when I joined the schoenstatt movement. I then forgot about them for a while until recently when I discovered the 4marks.com web site.
It is said that there are generarly four temperaments:
  1. Choleric
  2. Sanguine
  3. Melancholic
  4. Phlegmatic

It is also said that each individual has a mixture of mostly two of the four. Well, I am not a psychologist, or an other kind of expert in the matter, but I would like to intruduce them to you. 4marks.com does a good job of detail description with examples. Plus you can to a test and discover your own temperaments.

In schoenstatt we were introduced to them so we can know ourselves better, develop virtues and fight vices. Again 4marks does an other great job of listing a number of virtues and vices associated with each temperaments or combination. So learn about yourselves and compare with your friends if you can, and have great relationships.

If you happen to be my friend pay attention here: My temperament combination is: Melancholic (92%), and Phlegmatic (8%); one of those mysterious boxes out there! So, please forgive me for whenever I displayed the vices associated with this combination around you, be assured that I am fighting them. Of course they are discrepancies in %s as I noticed that the test wasn't detailed enough for me. Oups! sorry for my criticism! I said I am fighting that!
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