THE EYES TO SEE

A writer arrived at the monastery to write a book about the Master. “People say you are a genius. Are you?” he asked.

“You might say so,” said the Master with a smile.

“And what makes one a genius?” asked the intrepid reporter.

“The ability to see,” said the Master.

The writer was betwixt and between. Scratching his hair with one hand and rubbing his tummy with the other, he muttered, “To see what?”

The Master quietly replied, “The butterfly in a caterpillar, the eagle in an egg, the saint in a selfish person, life in death, unity in separation, the divine in the human and the human in the divine.”

Source: Based on Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom
(Image; Reprint edition, 1988)  page 206

See also Peter  Van Breeman,  The God Who Won’t Let Go (Ave Maria Press, 2001) page 98

CONSIDER THIS

In the Easter letter before his death, Bishop Klaus Hemmerle of Aachen wrote, “I wish each of us Easter eyes, able to perceive in death, life; in guilt, forgiveness; in separation unity; in wounds glory; in the human, God; in God, the human; and in the I, the You.”

 

 

THE HORSE AND THE PIG

There was a farmer who had a horse and a pig. One day, the horse became ill and he called the veterinarian, who said:
“Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I’ll come back on the third day and if he’s not better, we’re going to have to put him down.”Nearby, the pig listened closely to their conversation.

The next day, they gave him the medicine and left.

The pig approached the horse and said:

“Be strong, my friend. Get up or else they’re going to put you to sleep!”

On the second day, they gave him the medicine and left.

The pig came back and said:

“Come on buddy, get up or else you’re going to die! Come on, I’ll help you get up. Let’s go! One, two, three …”

On the third day, they came to give him the medicine and the vet said:

“Unfortunately, we’re going to have to put him down tomorrow. Otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses.”

After they left, the pig approached the horse and said:

“Listen pal, it’s now or never! Get up, come on! Have courage! Come on! Get up! Get up! That’s it, slowly! Great! Come on, one, two, three … Good, good. Now faster, come on … Fantastic! Run, run more! Yes! Yay! Yes! You did it, you’re a champion!”

All of a sudden, the owner came back, saw the horse running in the field and began shouting:

“It’s a miracle! My horse is cured! We must have a grand party. Let’s kill the pig!”

Source | Unknown

PONDER AND CONSIDER

Nobody truly knows who actually deserves the merit of success, or who’s actually contributing the necessary support to make things happen. Remember: LEARNING TO LIVE WITHOUT RECOGNITION IS A SKILL!