February 18th, 2018 11:57 am

Once upon a time the five fingers had a fight. Each one thought that he should be the leader of the others. They argued and fought until they were all tangled up. 'Listen,' gasped the thumb. 'Let's go to see the wise man and ask him to pick the leader.' The fingers untangled themselves and set off for the wise man's hut, which was on the top of a high hill. Somehow they managed to climb to the top. 'Well, fingers,' said the wise man. 'What brings you here?' 'All of us disagree,' answered the thu...

February 17th, 2018 12:34 pm
"Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do." -Thomas Aquinas
They asked Abbot Agatho, 'Which is greater? Bodily penance or watchfulness of the interior man? The elder said, 'A man is like a tree. His bodily works are like the leaves of the tree, but interior self-custody is like the fruits. Since, then, it is written that every tree not bearing good fruit shall be cut down and c...
February 16th, 2018 12:32 pm
[Beloved one], watch yourself especially at the beginning of a temptation. You will find it easier to overcome the enemy if you resist him at once. Stop him at the threshold, at the very moment when he knocks. He spoke wisely who said, "Resist beginnings; all too late the cure when ills have gathered strength by long delay." Though it is never too late to turn to God, you will find it harder to do so, the longer you linger with a temptation. First a simple thought will slip into your mind. This...
February 15th, 2018 12:57 pm
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent. Rossetti looked them over carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless, showing not the least sign of artistic talent. But Rossetti was a kind man, and he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the picture...
February 14th, 2018 3:28 pm
"When you come to see you are not as wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you are wiser today." -Anthony de Mello, S.J.
Wealthy men have no need to go round trying to show they are swimming in money. People who use their great talent have no need to tell every Tom, Dick and Harry they meet about just how talented they are. The Lord Himself, our Master and King and quintessential example in modesty, never did toot his own horn concerning his ability to work miracles. No. The peo...
February 13th, 2018 3:28 pm

Aircraft designer, Alexander de Seversky, who had lost a leg in World War I, was on one of his visits to service hospitals during get World War II. One day, while trying to cheer up a ward, he told them that there was at least one advantage in having an artificial leg - that one can't feel it when one is hit. To demonstrate it, he gave his cane to one of the men, saying, "Hit me on the leg as hard as you like." The man took a vast swing and whacked the designer across the leg. "You see!" said de...

February 12th, 2018 1:28 pm

I had abruptly run out of printer ink just when I needed it, so I found myself making the long drive to the only store around here that sells it. It was the worst possible time to shop. The store was packed with people and the wait at the checkout counter was long. I could see the stress and frustration on the faces of the people around me. It was no better in the parking lot and I found myself in the middle of a long line of cars waiting to pull out on the highway. As my car was inching forward...

February 11th, 2018 11:05 am
The Lord gave Moses and Aaron these regulations. If any of you have a sore on your skin or a boil or an inflammation which could develop into a dreaded skin disease, you shall be brought to the Aaronite priest. The priest shall pronounce you unclean, because of the dreaded skin disease on your head. If you have a dreaded skin disease, you must wear torn clothes, leave your hair uncombed, cover the lower part of your face, and call out, “Unclean, unclean!” You remain unclean as long as you ha...
February 10th, 2018 1:51 pm

"If you pick up one end of the stick, you also pick up the other." -Ethiopian proverb

Almost everyone is plaintive, today, when he or she gets married. But who ever thinks of marriage as a perfect experience devoid of any times of turmoil? Who gets married expecting only the good and none of the bad? There are those parents, siblings, children, friends and whatnot that we all wish, at some points in time, that we did not have to deal with; but deal with them we must, for their actions and word...

February 9th, 2018 3:31 pm

While watching an episode of Sherlock the other night, my 13-year-old sat on the couch texting from his iPod, repelling enemy incursions on Clash of Clans on an iPad and glancing randomly at the TV. When I suggested he was missing the witty repartee between Watson and Holmes, he shrugged and said: "Mom, I'm paying attention. This is how everyone watches TV now." Who was I to judge? My BlackBerry lay on the table beside me, its e-mail alert flashing with false urgency. And I often spiralled into...

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