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
The hermit welcomed him, gave him his
to sleep on, and the next day invited
outlaw to stay with him.
"How can you cope living here
life? Don't you get bored?" asked
"Yes, I do in difficult moments,
then I go and look out that window.
look yourself and tell me what you
The window was a small hole in the
"I can see nothing," answered
outlaw dryly as he arched his head
this small 'window'.
"How is it, nothing?!" asserted
"Nothing, I tell you! The only
I can see is a fragment of the sky."
"That is all! That fragment of
is enough for me."
Because in that fragment of sky lives
Beloved. And so life becomes a love-adventure.
And a love-adventure is never stuffy!
Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.
Especially if the beholder is a lover...
During her last illness, Sister Therese
the Child Jesus was in the garden looking
at a hen who was scratching up insects
her chicks. At once Therese's mind
toward the tender love of God, and
reciting under her breath the Our Father.
Suddenly she started sobbing!
"What's wrong, Sister? Are you
asked her companion.
"No, but I was looking at the
and I was reminded of Psalm 17 which
'Keep me as the apple of your eye,
under the shadow of your wings.' Is
beautiful to know that we are under
of His wings? Similarly Psalm 57 says,
mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
in your my soul takes refuge. I will
refuge in the shadow of your wings
the disaster has passed.'"
An interesting plan for life .... to
in the shadow of His wings.
On the eve of the profession of her
Therese told Jesus that she wished
a white mantle on the ground. She loved
and she wished that on the day of her
with Jesus it would snow in Lisieux.
the ceremony began in Church, she looked
out the window. There were dark clouds
no snow. When the ceremony was over
out again - she was sure that Jesus
grant her wish. And so it was, the
of the convent was covered in newly
God grants the wishes of His beloved.
Because He cherishes them.
Faced with a world which constantly
that man cannot exist without money,
and sex, it is important that people
who show in their very flesh that the
one, man cannot live without is God!
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