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Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee: Family Reflection Video

Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee: Family Reflection Video

Love thy Neighbor  |  Seasonal Reflections

Kathleen, a teenager complained to her father Mike about her struggles in dealing with daily challenges. Mike, a chef, took her to the kitchen...


He placed three pots on the burners and in one he boiled eggs, in the second potatoes, and in the third coffee. When ready, he removed them from burners and placed them in three bowls. Then, turning to Kathleen he asked. “What do you see, sweetheart?” “Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. Then, her dad insisted that she should touch and feel them. When she did, she found that the potatoes which had been hard, and unrelenting were soft. The liquid egg-whites with their thin outer shells were hard. And the brewed coffee had changed its form and spread a fresh aroma. The potatoes, eggs, and coffee had each faced the same condition but reacted differently. “When adversity knocks on your door, do we respond like a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Do our foundations become soft like the potatoes or hard like eggs when the storms and floods of our lives strike us? As we continue our Advent journey, let us think about what more we should do to transform our lives, increase our faith, mend our relationships to spread a fresh aroma of God’s love in our families and surroundings?



About Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C.

Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!