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Lenten Reflections – Love and Laws

Notice how the world has upheld the notion of love as triumphant defiance. From the classic Romeo and Juliet, to the recent Twilight series, people are enthralled by tales of lovers defying directives, dispositions, decorum, death, and destiny. Today’s First Reading, however, upends that notion of love. The Exodus lists the Decalogue as a code […]

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Story of the Shoemaker

The Wealthy Man and the Shoemaker

Sometimes we do wish or pray that we win the lottery or get rich with lots of money. Our shoemaker on this story got that wish unexpectedly, but he was not happy. Check it out.. There was once a poor shoemaker who was always in a good mood.  He was so happy that he sang […]

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Pick Only Once Choice

Pick Only One Choice, please

There was a donkey, a turtle and a fruit-fly which lives only one day. “If I had more time”, complained the fruit-fly, “then everything would be easier.  Can the two of you imagine what it means to have only twenty-four hours in which to do everything? To be born, to grow up, to get some […]

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The Two Farmers Story - Inspirational Reflection

Brotherly Love

Pure Intentions Can Never Go Wrong Two brothers worked together on a family farm. One was unmarried and the other married with children. They shared what they grew equally as they always did, produce and profit. But one day, the single brother said to himself, “You know, it’s not right that we should share the […]

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The Lizard Story -stories for reflection

The Lizard Story

A Simple Strategy on How A Simple Gesture Of Friendship Can Win an Enemy A student with great interest in an enthusiasm for the Third World went to India and soon suffered a culture shock. Suddenly, everything annoyed him: the climate, the food, the living conditions, the strange mysterious faces around him. But what really […]

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Work Prayer Reflections

Work Prayer To Start A Fresh Day

The Lord is my pace-setter. I shall no rush. He makes me stop and rest for quite intervals. He provides me with images of stillness which restore my serenity. He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind. His guidance is peace even though I have a great many things to accomplish. I […]

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Random Act of Kindness

Short Reflection: Kindness

Theodore Isaac Rubin remarked: “Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” Yet, there are some of us too busy developing projects and ascending careers to look to the work of kindness and the world of love. We see so often the world only as an opportunity […]

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Out of Order

Out Of Order?

Mother:  “You can’t get any popcorn. The machine is out of order. See — there’s a sign on the machine!” But he didn’t understand. After all, he had the desire, and he had the money and he could see the popcorn inside the machine. And yet, somehow, somewhere, something was wrong, because he could not […]

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How Do You Carry Your Loads

How Do You Carry Your Loads?

I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to […]

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Which Attitude Do I Have To Wear Today?

The differences in human life depend, for the most part, not on what people do, but upon the meaning and purpose of their acts. All are born, all die, all lose their loved ones, nearly all marry and nearly all work, but the significance of these acts may vary enormously. The same physical act may […]

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Who Got Carried Away?

Two monks were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. Coming around the bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. “Come on, girl,” said the first monk. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud. The second […]

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Reflections on Compassion

The Monk and the Scorpion

Reflections on Compassion Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the […]

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