Why Women Cry

A little boy asked his mother, «Why are you crying?»

«Because I’m a woman,» she told him.

«I don’t understand,» he said.

His Mom just hugged him and said, «And you never will.»

Later the little boy asked his father, «Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?»

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Rules of the Toddler!!

1.If I like it, it’s mine.

2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.

3.If I can take it from you, it’s mine.

4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.

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The Gift of People

If “hell is other people,” as Sartre concluded, then maybe heaven is too.

Every once in a while we meet someone who leaves an indelible and transforming mark on us. They can be longtime friends, casual acquaintances, or people who cross our path one time only. They can leave us with good or bad memories, yet the effect they have on us is profound, often for reasons we don’t understand. In the rarest and most blessed moments of our life, encounters with such people can serve as signposts that point the way into the Kingdom of Heaven.

I recall a visit to a monastery long ago, and the face of an Orthodox monk who was seated by a window in a small library. He looked up from his book and greeted me with a warm and gracious smile. I don’t remember the few words he spoke, or even the specific subject. What I do remember is his face, what the French call the “regard.”

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The fly and the bee

A little parable that I believe all of us in general and especially in the “blogosphere” should dwell upon.

A few people came to an elder and said, “Such and such a priest charges a lot of money for a sacrament, such and such smokes a lot and goes to the coffee bar, another is amoral (and the present evidence.)”

The elder then says to them, “I have realized from experience that in this life people are separated into two categories. A third category does not exist: you will either be in one or in the other.

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ENCOUNTER

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St. Herman of Alaska. A beautiful full color children’s book about America’s favorite saint.

 

By Fr. Eric George Tosi
Chairman of the Department of Evangelization
Source: St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

There is a story from the Russian Philokalia about two monks. The older of the two monks said that they were going to go down into the local village and evangelize. The two monks went to the village and walked around. They meet with people, talked to them, asked about their life. After a few hours the older monk told the younger monk that it was time to go back. As they were walking back, the younger monk turned to the older one and said, “Father when are we going teach the people?” The older monk replied, “We just did.”

So often, missions believe that they have to have some grand plan to bring in the people. There is a need for programs, lecture series a whole host of activities. Yet the actual reality is that the most powerful evangelism tool is simply being with people. Getting to know them and their life. Showing concern and love. Mission is ultimately about an encounter. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »