There was a man who had three friends. He
adored two of them; he was ready to
for them. On the other hand, he did
much about his third friend. The ironic
was that this third man was the one
One day this man was sent to prison.
in prison, he naturally asked his friends
to help him out of this predicament.
first friend simply ignored his pleas
assistance; he did not even bother
him. The second friend accompanied
the door of the court but then said,
me, but I can be with you only this
because, you understand, I do not want
meddle in these trial messes."
friend, the least regarded by our protagonist,
went in with him to court and spoke
of him before the judge that he was
This story is a parable.
The story of our life.
We, too, have three friends.
The first friend is called money. We
so hard for it, we wrestle so much
we do anything to acquire more money
save what we have.... But this friend
is the first one to disappear when
need him. Money has never cured your
or brought you out of your rut. Indeed,
you need it most, money disappears.
The second friend is called family.
is fine and can be gratifying. Dad,
husband, wife, kids... they all provide
support. But in the real problems of
the meaning of life, pain, what can
friend do? Family may ease your pain,
the wound remains.
Then we have the third friend. His
Jesus. Often we pay little attention
but he is the one who can help us most.
is the one who will always defend us.
one who really reveres us. The only
is now interceding for us in heaven....
Jesus. Many know about Him but few know Him.
"Someone was telling me that you
joined the neocatechumenal way in your
Is it true?"
"So, now you know a lot more about
Christ. Can you tell me the political
of the Holy Land when Jesus was born?"
"I don't know."
"Can you tell what were the legal
which led to his death?"
"I don't know."
"So what do you know?"
"You are right. I should be ashamed
that I know so little about Him. But
one thing. Three years ago I used to
I could not pay my debts, my family
up, my wife and children used to be
when I arrived home. Now I don't drink,
am gradually paying off my debts, at
we get along better, my children are
This is what Jesus Christ has done
This is what I know..."
St. Thomas Aquinas is the greatest
the Catholic Church has ever known.
Dominican friar wrote many beautiful
full of wisdom, full of knowledge and
Once he experienced God. The moment
this exposure, he stopped writing.
secretary, Father Reginald, asked him
he has stopped writing, this Doctor
Church said pensively, "The moment
tasted God I realized that all that
written was just straw..."
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