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Reflections of Family and Faith
"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton
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People who encountered Jesus experienced a U-turn in their lives. The rich Lazarus became a generous donor. The sinful woman at the well became a herald of the Gospel. The disciples who had been witnessing such U-turns had their concerns.
One day, a man glances through the newspaper and finds his name in the obituary section. The newspaper had printed his name erroneously. When he regains his composure, he reflects on the newspaper report, which read, “The Dynamite King Dies.” Because he invented dynamite, the obituary also said, “he was the merchant of death.” He began to ask himself, “Is this how I want people to remember me?”
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Two friends went to Niagara Falls. They viewed the expansiveness of the falls from above. Then they went below, where they heard the water roar, as it tumbled over the edge and hit the rocks. As they stood there in awe and wonder, one said, “This has got to be the most unused source of power in the world.”
Detective Sherlock Holmes’ associate Dr. Watson is brilliant, but he often misses the obvious. Once, Holmes and Watson are on a camping trip. In the middle of the night, Holmes wakes up, nudges Watson, and says, “Look up and tell me what you see.” Watson replies, “I see millions of stars.” “And what do you conclude from that, Watson?” asks Holmes.
The Bread of Life involves our senses, our feelings, and our memories. On an unfortunate day, some teenagers had verbally assaulted a nine-year-old girl on her way to school. When she went home crying, her mother was baking. She found the house filled with the aroma of fresh-baked bread; and a piece for her on the table with some homemade strawberry jam. Her mother was right there, ready with her usual hug.
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Two curious young adults approached a Zen master and asked, “How do we attain peace in our lives?” The master replied, “There are two creatures inside of us. One feeds on anger, resentment, bitterness, frustration, fear, and doubts. The other feeds on mercy, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, and love.” The young adults inquired intriguingly, “Which creature is stronger?” The master replied, “The one you feed the most. Feed the right one; you will attain peace.”