He was sound asleep in his room. His son
came creeping in and spread some smelly blue
cheese on his nose. When he woke up, he immediately
smelt the nasty odour. He said to himself,
"This room stinks today! Probably it's
because all windows are shut." He went
to the sitting room but even here there was
the same malevolent smell. "The sitting
room stinks too!" He opened the door
in order to let in some fresh air and let
the bad smell out from the house. But even
the air outside was reeking that day. All
he could say was: "The whole world stinks
Obviously the problem was not the bedroom,
or the sitting room, or the world.
was what was sitting on his nose. The
was in him. A lion was brought up in
by twenty feet cage. All day he would
forty by twenty feet. When the cage
he continued to walk forty by twenty
It was as if the cage was still there…
really it was for him.
This is why what we really need in
someone who removes the blue cheese
is inside us!
I only know of one who can do this.
on earth, Jesus Christ made very preposterous
assertions. Seven times, He says 'I
I am the bread of life. I am the light
the world. I am the door of the sheep.
am the Good Shepherd. I am the Resurrection
and the Life. I am the Way, the Truth
the Life. I am the true Vine. Maybe
not exaggerating at all!
Archbishop of New York Timothy M. Dolan
his book Priests For The Third Millennium,
tells the story of Charlie Marsh, who
an early age suffered a debilitating
stroke. He was a vigorous athletic
man who found himself immobilized and
He could only communicate by blinking.
Friday, when Father brought him communion,
he was surprised to find Charlie perplexed.
He was blinking rapidly and his usual
and smile were gone. He summoned his
who immediately realized the issue.
Father, please move aside a bit. Charlie
always likes to look at the crucifix
wall and you are blocking his view."
Jesus Christ helps us to see clearly.
shabbily dressed went on a bus and
an elegantly clad woman. This woman
that he was only wearing one shoe.
think you lost a shoe" she said.
ma'am, I found a shoe… and I wore it!"
A young woman once phoned the parish asking
to speak with a priest. She said she has
a serious marital problem and she needed
help. I made an appointment with her and
she came. During two hours one afternoon,
it became clear that money, family, religion
and sex were four things that had been distorted
or neglected in her marriage.
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