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What are the passions?
"The passions are the feelings, the emotions or the movement of the sensible appetite--natural components of human psychology--which incline a person to act or not act in view of what is perceived as good or evil. The principle passions are love and hatred, desire and fear, joy, sadness, and anger."
(Compendium CCC, 370. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2006) The Compendioum's source on this topic is the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Last night I watched some of the OLD Saturday Night Live skits performed by Gilda Radner. I have fond memories of staying up late to watch the show when I was young. Rosanne Rosannadanna was one of my favorites. For years I had very few memories of my childhood. I had thrown that precious part of my childhood in the same box of denial I placed the sexual abuse in. When I finally opened the box, I was able to see that though there were many hurtful circumstances I wouldn't choose to hang on to, I did find some good things worth keeping.
If you're facing something painful from your past and need a break from the tears that often accompany such a process, try remembering the television shows that made you laugh and watch them on You Tube. Perhaps you had a hobby that made you feel good about yourself; painting, gardening, dancing, or listening to music.
I found a list of quotes by Gilda Radner. Here's the one I love best:
"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next."
June 28, 1946-May 20, 1989
Thank you, Miss Gilda. You've been gone all these years and still you make me laugh and inspire me to live...not knowing all the answers.
Question: What made you laugh as a child? What made you cry?
Published on Thursday, May 13, 2010 @ 8:59 PM CDT