An Empty Chair
Once a week the pastor would take her communion.
She was now an old widow living alone. One
thing he noticed. She always kept an empty
chair beside her bed. A very special chair
because no one was allowed to sit on it.
At first he paid little attention to his,
but one day he asked her,
"What is that empty chair doing
always beside you?"
"That is His chair! I keep it
"Yes, for Him - for Jesus Christ.
I am alone I visualize Him sitting
We chat and chat and chat. If you only
what an enjoyable companion He is!"
The woman said all this with great
and conviction, but the priest was
"When we get older, our minds
playing tricks on us!" the priest
to himself on the way home.
Hardly a week passed and the woman's
came rushing to the priest's door.
"Come quickly, Father. I think
next door has left us!"
On their way to her home, the neighbor
"By the way, Father, guess how
"We found her embracing that empty
by her bed. She was resting her head
I wonder why?"
The priest smiled. He knew why. He
upwards to Heaven and smiled again.
"Now who is going bonkers?"
wondered to himself. "Me or she?"
Before starting his work, the monk
always stop a few minutes and gaze
heaven. Once his disciples asked him
he always looked up to the sky before
work. "Did you ever notice what
does before shooting?" the monk
"He stops and takes aim. I do
before beginning work. I stop and take
at God. After all, I am working for
This is why Sister Elizabeth of the
advice is precious. She was a French
nun who lived in the time St. Therese
the Child Jesus. She wrote the following
note to a friend who was complaining
difficult it is to live with God amidst
bustle of everyday life. "In life
important thing is to build within
a little room, into which you can enter
to speak to Him. If you only knew how
He understands us!"
St. Teresa of Jesus, the greatest expert
on prayer, went so far as to guarantee
anyone will become a saint who spends
one quarter hour each day in quiet
This is how simple holiness is ....
Just a question of an empty chair beside
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