There was a man who was feeling very poorly, so he went to the clinic for a complete checkup.  When it was all over, his wife asked what the doctors had decided was the problem.  “I really don’t know,” replied the man.  “They wouldn’t tell me a thing.  But I  did eavesdrop a little, and I heard one of them say something I can’t quote figure out.  He said they’d find out for sure at the autopsy!”

Source Dennis R. Clark, Sunday Morning, Reflections on the Word


  • “I do not believe that sheer suf­fering teaches. If suffering alone taught, then all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. All these and other factors combined, if the circumstances are right can teach and can lead to rebirth” | Anne Morrow LindberghHour of Gold, Hour of Lead
  • Not all news is good news. Bad things do happen to good people. Sooner or later every heart gets broken. And even the youngest and tiniest among us know what big hurts feel like.
  • How do we respond to the hurts and losses that stab out hearts?  One creative way is to receive them without fear, naming them with eyes wide open, taking them in, not running away, but walking through them. As we do that, we find that tucked in right next to the hurts is a source of  life, a seed of fresh possibility.


After visiting the doctor, a man called his wife, crying.
His wife asked, “What’s the matter honey?”
He said, “Well, the doctor has given me these pills, and I have to take one each day for the rest of my life.”
And his wife asked, “So why are you upset?”
He answered, “The doctor only gave me  four pills.”


Source | Based on Paul Coutinho sj, HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD.  Page 107


To live fully and freely we need to accept the transitoriness of life.  It is all impermanent.  We are just passing through.  Life is a constant flux.  Everything is constantly changing.



A couple were going on vacation but his wife was on a business trip.

The husband went ahead to the destination first and his wife would meet him the next day.

When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email.

Unfortunately, when typing her address, he mistyped a letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife whose husband had passed away only the day before.

When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint.

At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:

Dearest Wife,

Just got checked in.  Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

P.S. Sure is hot down here!


Miscommunication, conscious or unconscious, intended or unintended, can in fact shift the whole tenor of a conversation and deform what could have been a vacation with a taste of paradise into a dreaded visit that tastes and feels like hell!