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To grow in age, wisdom and grace

04/03/2005: General House

Did we need a poll to know that happiness would be the most sought-after objective in life?
The Communications team had assumed this would be the case but they did not expect that 91% of the respondents would choose happiness and kindness, leaving success and wealth as a very small minority.
I believe that no one belittles wealth and all of us want to succeed and have the proper recognition for the efforts that we have sustained. But more important than anything else is to have a scale of values and to give importance to the things that are important.

I still remember the old priest who would speak to the children at the start of the school year inviting them to be children of the three B’s (in Italian – Belli, Bravi and Buoni)
Belli is to take care of your physical appearance. Bravi is to nurture your intelligence. Buoni is to cultivate your own spirit.
These are three aspects of growth, but also of order and especially harmony with others because if someone takes advantage of others they could impede their own attainment of happiness. Perhaps the best example comes from the adolescent Jesus: the evangelist says that he grew in age, wisdom and grace before God and other people.

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