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A Comparison and Contrast of Joseph Cardinal Bernardins and Benjamin Franklins Views on the Importance of God Benjamin Franklin born in the 18th century was an avid reader with a promising writing style His last years were spent writing and publishing his Autobiography written for his son William Joseph Cardinal Bernardin was born in the 20th century and followed the teachings of Catholic spirituality throughout his whole entire life Before his death in 1996 Bernardin wrote a personal book covering the last three years of his life and reflecting on issues during early life Both Franklin and Bernardin wrote a narrative of their life experiences There are distinct contrasts and comparisons between these two individuals related to their perceptions of God The literature written during these different time periods reflects the important part God played during those changing times The new world was struggling for a new identity and purpose of God and todays present world was struggling for peace with it Benjamin Franklins The Autobiography is an account of his life and begins with his early life in Boston He later flees to Philadelphia to escape his brothers control over his every movement He relates how he was dirty fatigued and Want of Rest Facing many inconveniences along his way to freedom he explains his struggle to keep on going Although Joseph Cardinal Bernardin did not face as many hardships in his early years as did Franklin He reflects in his book The Gift Of Peace that as a young man he left home and took up the teachings of the Lord Throughout his spiritual journey his biggest struggle was to become closer to God He describes this struggle as letting go He felt that in the modern lifestyle of which he lived there were to many complications of every day life that kept him from building a personal relationship to God This longing for the relationship which he
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