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Friday, April 17, 2015

What do you use more in decision-making — your head or your heart? - Daily Reflections April 17,2015


CLARITY AND COMPASSION
 
Yesterday, we reflected on clarity of mind and vision. One who sees rightly would also do rightly. The Apostles, given a choice between obeying men (and displeasing God), chose to obey God rather than men. They had clarity of vision. They knew well their Scripture that told them to put God before anyone and anything else.
       Gamaliel was a teacher of the law and, thus, a learned man. He could see through his mind. He, too, had clarity and perspicacity of vision. But he was more than just brilliant. He could see with the heart. He was compassionate. Years ago, I was the young principal of the basic education department of a big school. There were times I agonized about dismissing certain boys, or whether to give second chances to those who seemed not to give much promise of reform. All the conditions were clear and the teachers and supervisors were unanimous. But I still had the power to veto or affirm the decision.
       Thirty years later, I knew I goofed in certain cases, but I also realize I took the better option in many cases by following my heart rather than my mind. Clarity of mind seemed pretty much in place then. But in those cases, what was needed was the Gamaliel model of prudence and compassion. “Be careful what you are about to do to these men — you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” Gamaliel’s prudent words resonated in the hearts of his hearers, and the distraught Apostles found a most unlikely ally in him.
       In life, not everything is predictable. No matter what management gurus say, not everything can be neatly planned and not all things can be subjected to pure and sure rhyme and reason. Blaise Pascal was referring to this when he wrote: “The heart has reasons that reason itself does not know of.” Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB
 
REFLECTION QUESTION: What do you use more in decision-making — your head or your heart?
 
May I always have the grace, Lord, to know Your heart as well as Your mind in every decision I need to make.
 

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