Once upon a time John Vianney was called by the rector of the Major Seminary where he was studying for the priesthood, to inform him of the negative report he received from his professors. The rector, with fear and trembling, said: “John, your teachers don’t think you have what it takes to be ordained a priest and they cannot in good conscience present you for ordination.  One professor in particular went on record saying that you are a total ass!”

John, was not perplexed at all. After a moment of silence, he replied: “Father Rector,  do you remember the story in chapter 15 of the book of Judges where God uses Samson to kill a  thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass, thus saving the people of Israel?”

“Of course I do” answered the rector.

“Now tell me,” continued John, “If God could work such a wonderful deed with the jawbone of an ass can you imagine what God can accomplish with a total ass?”

Source: Unknown. I tell it here as I remember it.


Ability is important but availability comes first. Make yourself available first and you will discover abilities, gifts and talents you never knew you had.

Be available and watch yourself stepping into a larger version of yourself.



Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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