The meaning of life? What a question!
All the animals in the forest had their
The bird said, "Life is a song."
The earthworm retorted, "Life is more
of a constant struggle against darkness."
The butterfly disagreed, "Life is joy
The bee answered her, "No, life is work."
Up above, the eagle called out, "Life
The cloud was very cynical, "Life is
bitter crying and tears."
Who is right?
The wife of Martin Luther is reputed
solved the problem of life this way.
had his own struggles with depressive
He would wake up in the morning gloomy,
and antisocial. One day his wife decided
to do something drastic. She changed
clothes, put on a black dress and prepared
breakfast for him.
"Someone died? " he asked,
her dressed in mourning attire.
"Yes, don't you know?!" she
"No, who has died?" he repeated.
"God," she told him, trying
keep a straight face!
"What the heck are you saying!?
you gone crazy? God cannot die!"
"Well, if God is not dead, why
are you so down this morning?"
It is not recorded whether Martin Luther
smiled at this quip!
A cloistered Carmelite nun solved the
of life this way. Her name was Sister
She was preparing the midday meal for
sisters in her convent in Spain. She
early. Nothing to do! So while waiting
the bell to announce the time of prayer,
she took up four pots, put them on
and started a balancing skit in the
kitchen! She had hardly reached the
when in came Mother Teresa of Jesus.
Mother Teresa could not help laughing
Sister Catherine doing this performance
the kitchen! "Gosh, Sister, what
the world are you doing?!" And
she remarked, "You are so lively!
to heaven, you will laughing...."
which Sister Catherine immediately
... "Why, Mother, is there any
way of going to heaven?!
When our Holy Mother, Teresa of Jesus,
by the difficulties she was encountering,
no longer wished to make foundations,
Christ himself told her : "What
you afraid of? When have I let you
What I have been, I still am!"
This is the reason of our joy! Catherine
of Siena says "all the way to
This is the meaning of life!
How right was this agnostic who wrote,
need to see you Christians depressed
in this way you confirm my thesis that
does not exist. It is when I see that
are happy that are perplex me!!"
Why should we be sad when we are following
One who is eternally victorious?
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