How Blest Are We Religious?
. Robert Heilbroner, who has written dozens of books on the subject of the economy, suggests that we go through a little mental exercise that will help us count our blessings. Imagine doing the following, and you will see how as religious in our daily life is far more comfortable than a billion people in the world.
1. Take out all the furniture in our convents except for one table and a couple of chairs. Use blanket and pads for beds.
2. Take away all of our clothings except for the oldest shirt and pants and habit. Leave only one pair of shoes.
3. Empty the bodega and the refrigerator except for a small bag of rice, dilis, coffee and a kilo of vegetables
4. Dismantle the bathroom, shut off the running water, and remove all the electrical wiring in our convents.
5. Take away the house itself and move the religious community into the tool shed.
6. Place your "house" in a shantytown.
7. Cancel all subscriptions to newspapers, magazines, and book. This is no great loss because now seldom of you read anyway.
8. Leave only one transistor radio for the whole community.
9. Throw away your bankbooks, stock certificates, pension plans, and insurance policies. Leave the community a cash hoard of over a hundred pesos.
10. Give the community a few hectares to cultivate on which the religious brothers can raise a few hundred pesos of crops, of which one third will go to the procuration office.
By comparison, how blest we are; but with our ample material resources comes responsibility. We should use them, not be wasteful, and help others.
The Funny Clown
There is a famous story about a man who, desperately ill, goes to see a psychologist.
He tells the doctor that he has lost his desire to live and is seriously considering suicide.
The therapist listens attentively and then tells the patient that what he needs is a good belly laugh; he needs to take life a little less seriously.
He advises the unhappy man to go to the circus that night and spend the evening laughing at Andoy, the world's funniest clown.
"Seeing Andoy," the doctor says, "will help you relax and recover your perspective."
The patient rises to his feet, turns, and ambles to the door.
As he starts to leave the doctor says, "By the way, what is your name?"
The man turns back and looks sadly at the doctor, then says: "I am Andoy."
It is just as impossible for us to give our lives the meaning we thirst for as it is for a car to fill itself up with gas.
We were made to live in communion with God, which we can attain through friendship with Christ - who is the true meaning of every human life, both here on earth, and forever hereafter.
Are You a Potato, an Egg, or a Coffee Bean?
Once a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.
Her father, who was a chef by profession, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.
Once the three pots began to boil, he placed Potatoes in one pot, Eggs in the second pot and ground Coffee Beans in the third pot.
He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.
After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.
Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”
“Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.
“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.
He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently.
The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about leaning, adapting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.
Do Not Judge People By Focusing On The Surface
A cruise ship met with an accident at sea. On the ship was a couple, after having made their way to the lifeboat; they realized that there was only space for one-person left. At this moment, the man pushed the woman behind him and jumped onto the lifeboat himself. The woman stood on the sinking ship and shouted one sentence to her husband.
The teacher stopped and asked, "What do you think she shouted?"
Most of the students excitedly answered, "I hate you! I was blind!"
Now, the teacher noticed a boy who was silent throughout, she got him to answer and he replied, "Teacher, I believe she would have shouted - Take care of our child!"
The teacher was surprised, asking, "Have you heard this story before?"
The boy shook his head, "Nope, but that was what my mum told my dad before she died due to a disease.”
The teacher lamented, "The answer is right.”
The cruise sunk, the man went home and brought up their daughter single-handedly. Many years later after the death of the man, their daughter found his diary while tidying his belongings. It turns out that when parents went onto the cruise ship, the mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness. At the critical moment, the father rushed to the only chance of survival.
He wrote in his diary, "How I wished to sink to the bottom of the ocean with you, but for the sake of our daughter, I can only let you lie forever below the sea alone.”
This is why we should never only focus on the surface and judge others without understanding them first. May be...
- those who like to pay the bill, do so not because they are rich but because they value friendship above money.
- those who take the initiative at work, do so not because they are stupid but because they understand the concept of responsibility.
- those who apologize first after a fight, do so not because they are wrong but because they value the people around them.
- those who are willing to help you, do so not because they owe you anything but because they see you as a true brother and friend.