“God has given me cause to laugh”
A priest had been asking God for a long time
to reveal to him the secret of holiness.
One day, God, who always hears the
of his loved ones, told him,
“Go out and speak to the first person
This is what he did and the first person
he met was a homeless man.
Sure enough, he went up to him and
“Good morning, my friend”.
“Good morning, Sir. Every morning is
I never remember having a bad day!”
“Do you mean you are always well?”
“Yes, Sir, I am always well!”
“God bless you!”
“You are right.
God has always given me what my heart
Because from an early age I always
what God wishes for me.”
“What do you mean?”
When I was hungry, I thanked God
because I said to myself: fasting will
do me good.
When I had food to eat, I thanked God
for giving me a good appetite.
On a sunny day, I desired a warm day,
And when it rained, I desired water
“And if God… wants you to go to hell?!”
“If that is God’s will,
I would bear hug him and take Him down
Better in hell with Him than in heaven
“Who are you?’ asked the priest awestruck.
“I am the son of the King. Everything
replied simply the vagrant!
“And when did you find God?”
“When I left the creatures…”
This is not my story.
St Alphonsus Mary de Liguori relates
This deprived man was truly a rich
He was wise.
With the wisdom of the saints.
Saints are saints because they somehow
to enter in perfect synchronization
the events of their life
They see the will of God manifested
events of their everyday life.
And they say ‘yes’ to it.
They know that in life no one is unlucky
no one is the victim of destiny
no one is unfortunate and nothing goes
life is not that cruel to anyone.
Life – the way it is - is good because
who gave it to us, is good.
And even if the evil one manages to
it, God always manages to fix it!
How many people invent another reality:
a reality in which they wish to live,
and they become schizophrenic,
Our neurosis is precisely this:
we tend to escape the present reality
to run into another world,
because since we don’t like our current
the fact that my girlfriend has left
the fact that my husband has died,
the fact that I am in this community
I invent a world of my own with its
according to my desires.
Being a Christian means just the opposite
accepting joyfully God’s will for me
It is possible to live like kings –
over the events of our life.
May our prayer and our desire be,
“May your will be done in me in heaven
Lord, please help me be a kingly Christian!
“Zion was saying:
‘Yahweh has abandoned me,
The Lord has forgotten me.’
Can a woman forget her baby at the
feel no pity for the child she has
Even if these were to forget,
I shall not forget you.
Look I have engraved you on the palms
your ramparts are ever before me.
Kings will be your foster-fathers
And their princesses, your foster-mothers.
They will fall prostrate before you,
to the ground,
and lick the dust at your feet.
And you will know that I am Yahweh,
Those who hope in me will not be disappointed."
(Isaiah 49.14-16, 23)
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