Thought for Today

"He is going before you into Galilee, it is there you will see him, just as he told you" Mk 16:7.

 

April/May 2018

 

 

The Legend of the Dogwood
At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus' cross.

     To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said. "Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross–two long and two short petals.

     "In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember."
Anon

Hiding Behind Masks
A man came back from a weekend retreat experience, and when a neighbor asked him how it had gone, he said, "I died!"

    Puzzled, the neighbor asked him what he meant. "You see," the man answered, "I went to this thing not knowing what to expect. But in the process of that long weekend, I discovered that I had spent my whole life hiding behind a lot of masks. I realized that I had never even let my wife see me as I really was. I’d been playing games with her, and playing games with my children, and playing games with others—never letting anybody know who I really am. The worst of it was to discover that even I didn’t know myself. I was not in touch with my own honest feelings about myself. And, as all of this was being exposed over the weekend, I died over and over again."

    He went on, "It is a painful thing for a middle-aged man to discover that he is not even in touch with his own honest feelings about himself. I am convinced," he said," "that I had to go through this death experience in order to become the new person that I hope to be now."

    As Scripture says, "Unless a grain of wheat falls to earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (Jn. 12:24).



One’s Mission in Life

 "Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it."
Viktor Frankl

My Mission   
"God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission—I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it—if I do but keep His commandments."
Cardinal Newman

Shoulder Someone’s Burden

    Dr. Albert Schweitzer was one of the most famous missionaries of the modern era. Leaving behind both an academic career (he had a Ph.D. in both theology and physics) and a concert career (he was also a renowned concert organist) he set up a medical clinic in French Equatorial Africa.

    When he was 85 years old Schweitzer and some others were walking up a hill. It was extremely hot. Suddenly Schweitzer walked away from the group and made his way toward an African woman struggling up the hill with a large load of wood from the woman and carried it up the hill for her.

    When he rejoined the group one of them asked why, in view of his age, he did things like that. Schweitzer looked at the group, then pointed to the woman and said, "No one should ever have to carry a burden like that alone."
Anonymous

 

 

 

 

 

 

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