A Fragment Of The Sky Is Enough
An outlaw got lost in the desert and was
very glad to find shelter in a hermit's cave.
The hermit welcomed him, gave him his bed
to sleep on, and the next day invited him
to stay in the desert.
Obviously uncomfortable with the idea, the
outlaw asked, "How do you manage to
live here alone? Don't you get bored?"
"Yes, sometimes I do, but then I go
and look out of that window. Go and look
yourself and tell me what you see."
The window was a small hole in the roof of
"I see nothing," answered dryly
the outlaw, as he arched his head up towards
this small 'window'.
"How is it, nothing?!" asserted
"Nothing, I tell you! The only thing
I can see is a fragment of the sky."
"That is all! That fragment of the sky
is enough for me."
Because in that fragment of sky lives the
Beloved. And so life becomes a love-adventure.
And a love-adventure is never stifling!
Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.
Especially if the beholder is a lover...
During her last illness, Sister Therese of
the Child Jesus was in the garden looking
at a hen who was scratching up insects for
her chicks. At once Therese's mind turned
towards the tender love of God, as she began
reciting under her breath the Our Father.
Suddenly she started sobbing!
"What's wrong, Sister? Are you in pain?"
asked her companion.
"No, as I was looking at the chicken,
I was reminded of Psalm seventeen which says,
'Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me
under the shadow of your wings.' Is it not
beautiful to know that we are under the shadow
of His wings? Similarly Psalm fifty seven
says, 'Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy
on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I
will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.'"
A plan for life ... to live in the shadow
of the wings of God.
Rather exciting, don’t you agree?!
On the eve of the profession of her vows,
Therese told Jesus that she wished to have
a white mantle on the ground like the dress
of a bride. She loved snow and she wished
that on the day of her wedding with Jesus
it would snow in Lisieux. Before the ceremony
began in Church, she looked out the window.
There were dark clouds but no snow. But she
was sure that Jesus would grant her wish.
When the ceremony was over she looked out
again …and so it was, the garden of the convent
was covered in newly fallen snow.
God accommodates Himself to the wishes of
Because He cherishes them.
Faced with a world which constantly preaches
that man cannot exist without money, power,
and sex, it is important that people exist
who show in their very flesh that the only
person a human being cannot live without,
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