ARE YOU CERTAIN?

There was a Jesuit who was on the witness stand once after witnessing a crime and the defense lawyer was hammering away at his testimony. “Are you certain you saw this? Are you certain you saw that?”

After a while, the Jesuit replied, “Look buddy, I teach philosophy. Some days, I’m only 50 percent certain I exist.”

Source: Fr Richard G. Malloy, Being on Fire,
(Orbis Books, 2014) page 21

CONSIDER THIS

“Most of us don’t suffer the philosopher’s malaise. We know we are here. We know we are the person we were yesterday. None of us really think we are living a dream. We know. We know that we know. To say I don’t know would mean that I, at least, know that—that I don’t know. Therefore to claim one doesn’t know is self-refuting. Even to say you don’t know proves you’re a knower.” (Richard G. Malloy, Being on Fire, pages 21-22)

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WITHNESS

A little boy was late getting home one day. When he finally showed up, his worried mother asked, “Where have you been?”

The little boy explained, “I stopped to help a friend whose bicycle had broken down.”

“But you don’t know how to fix a bicycle,” his mother said.

“That’s true,” replied the little boy, “But I stopped to be with him while he cried.”

Source | Unknown

PONDER AND CONSIDER

A simple story about real presence which is nothing more and nothing less than a radical, attentive, continued and generous form of listening.

SOCKS AND SHOES

A little boy about 10 years old was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and said, “My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in that window?”

“I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” was the boy’s reply.

The lady took him by the hand and went into the store and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her. She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with a towel.

By this time the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy’s feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes. She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, “No doubt, my little fellow, you feel more comfortable now?”

As she turned to go, the astonished lad caught her by the hand, and looking up in her face, with tears his eyes, answered the question with these words: “Are you God’s Wife?”

Source | Unknown

PONDER AND CONSIDER

  • Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. | Matthew 25:40 NRSV
  • Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. | Matthew 25:40 the message