“Brothers and sisters, you are full of goodness, filled with all the knowledge and able to admonish one another.”
-Apostle Paul (Romans 15:14)
IF YOU HAD ONLY 30 DAYS LEFT, HOW WILL YOU LIVE?
Credit: Article featured in Kerygma Magazine Nov. 2014 Special Section
IMAGINE THIS – When you woke up this morning, the phone rings. You’re still in your pajamas, drinking your coffee. You stand up and pick up the phone.
You hear your doctor’s voice. In a very somber tone, he says, “I have to say this to you because I’m your friend and I’m your doctor. I’m now holding in my hand the results of your medical tests. I’m very sorry, but you’re going to die in 30 days.”
The shock is overwhelming. The room around you starts to spin. You sit down. “Thirty days? But that’s so soon…”
I know this is scary.
Let me ask you.
HOW WOULD YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE DURING THOSE 30 DAYS?
What appointments will you make?
What appointments will you drop?
What will you include in your daily schedule?
What will you prioritize?
What will you give away?
What will you say to your loved ones?
What will you not say to your loved ones?
How will you pray? What will you pray for?
STARTING TODAY, LIVE THE NEXT 30 DAYS AS THOUGH THEY WERE YOUR LAST.
Our Daily Gem
Credits: Aaron Zerah; A to Z Spirit Publishing
The Mullah Nasruddin brought his students to the fair so that they could watch him compete in
the archery contest. Before his first shot, the Mullah fixed his cap military style and, assuming a
soldier’s posture, drew the bow and fired. The arrow missed the target completely, and the crowd
roared with derisive laughter.
Then he picked up the bow again, this time with little strength, and shot the second arrow. It flew
straight, but landed far short of the mark. Again, the onlookers guffawed. For the last of his three
allotted shots, Nasruddin nonchalantly turned to face the target, aimed, and let fly. It was a
The crowd went wild, then fell into a stunned silence. Nasruddin chose the moment to take his
prize and indifferently started to walk on. But his students and the astonished throng demanded
an explanation. Nasruddin complied and told them, “For the first shot, I was identified with a
soldier, face-to-face with the enemy. Fear made the arrow miss. With the second shot, I became
like the man who, having failed miserably with the first shot, was so anxious and eager he could
not concentrate. He simply had no power.”
“And the third shot?” inquired a brave soul. “Who fired that one?” “That? Oh, that was me.”-
– TRADITIONAL SUFI TALE
“I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun, and from the land of the setting sun…They shall be my people, and I will be their God, with faithfulness and justice.”
– GOD (Zechariah 8:7-8)
Our Daily Dose of Wisdom:
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “TAKE NOTHING FOR THE JOURNEY, NEITHER WALKING STICK, NOR SACK, NOR FOOD, NOR MONEY, AND LET NO ONE TAKE A SECOND TUNIC. WHATEVER HOUSE YOU ENTER, STAY THERE AND LEAVE FROM THERE. AND AS FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT WELCOME YOU, WHEN YOU LEAVE THAT TOWN, SHAKE THE DUST FROM YOUR FEET IN TESTIMONY AGAINST THEM.”
Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.
From the Holy Gospel of St. Luck 9: 1-6
*What is your mission in life?
*What do you think is your life purpose?
*Have we spent a little time to do the purpose He intends for us?
Saint of the Day:
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.
Expect nothing but heavenly rewards,
PRECIOUS LESSONS from Mother Teresa
(Credits to: Lotus Pond by R. Valencia and S. Bismark, PDI Sept. 19, 2015 p. G4)
*NOT ALL OF US CAN DO GREAT THINGS – BUT, WE CAN DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE.
*I ALONE CANNOT CHANGE THE WORLD – BUT, I CAN CAST A STONE ACROSS THE WATERS TO CREATE MANY RIPPLES.
*THESE ARE THE WAYS WE CAN PRACTICE HUMILITY: SPEAK AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE ABOUT YOURSELF. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. AVOID MANAGING OTHER PEOPLE’S AFFAIRS. AVOID CURIOSITY. ACCEPT CONTRADICTIONS AND CORRECTIONS CHEERFULLY. ACCEPT INSULTS AND INJURIES. ACCEPT BEING SLIGHTED, FORGOTTEN AND DISLIKED. BE KIND AND GENTLE, EVEN UNDER PROVOCATION. ALWAYS CHOOSE THE HARDEST.
*I’M A LITTLE PENCIL IN THE HAND OF WRITING GOD, WHO IS SENDING A LOVE LETTER TO THE WORLD.
*PRAYER ISN’T ASKING, IT’S PUTTING YOURSELF IN THE HANDS OF GOD – AND LISTENING TO HIS VOICE IN DEPTH OF OUR HEARTS.
*IF YOU’RE HUMBLE, NEITHER PRAISE NOR DISGRACE CAN TOUCH YOU – BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.
*A LIFE NOT LIVED FOR OTHERS ISN’T LIFE AT ALL!
*NEVER WORRY ABOUT NUMBERS. HELP ONE PERSON AT A TIME – AND ALWAYS START WITH THE PERSON NEAREST YOU.
*GIVE YOURSELF FULLY TO GOD. HE’LL USE YOU TO ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS ON THE CONDITION THAT YOU BELIEVE MUCH MORE IN HIS LOVE THAN IN YOUR WEAKNESS.
*PEOPLE ARE UNREALISTIC, ILLOGICAL AND SELF-CENTERED – BUT LOVE THEM ANYWAY.
*LOVE IS FRUIT IN SEASON AT ALL TIMES – AND WITHIN REACH OF EVERY HAND!