To build or to demolish.. that is the question!
A bandit called Angulimal wanted to
this holy man. He approached his victim,
sword in hand.
"Before you kill me, grant me
"What is it?" asked the bandit
"Simple. Do you see that tree?
branch from it."
The bandit slashed a branch off with
blow. "And what shall I do with
"Now put it back in its place."
The bandit started laughing sarcastically
. "Many say that you are crazy.
must be right. How can anyone stick
back onto a tree once it has been cut
"Correct. You believe that you
and powerful because you can destroy.
children can smash and destruct. You
no wisdom to wreck things. Brother,
is in building, mending, creating,
lies man's true power."
I do not know how the story ended....
All I know is that there is an important
question each of us must face in this
Am I one who demolishes or one who
"My friend has not returned from
battlefield. Can I go for him and bring
back?" "No," came the
answer from the officer in charge.
"I do not want to risk your life
someone who is probably already dead."
The soldier did not obey and an hour
he returned wounded, carrying his friend's
corpse. The officer was furious, "I
told you he was dead.
Now I have lost both of you. Honestly,
it worthwhile to go out there to bring
"Yes sir. It was worth while.
got there, my friend was still alive,
when he saw me he said, "Mark,
you would come for me. These were his
One of the desert fathers was very
for his fasting. Some Christians traveled
a long distance to visit him. After
about spiritual things, they enjoyed
meal together. When the guests were
one of the disciples remarked to the
: "I suppose you were unhappy
had to break your fast."
"No, my son. Charity is more important
than fasting. I am only sad when I
We can only grow in love by trusting.
Faith is always a risk.
But it is the only risk which gives
key to beauty and wonder.
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