Love Conquers All
A story is told of a man who, while he lived upon the earth, was unconcerned about the state of his soul, or spiritual growth, or eternity. When he died he found himself not enjoying eternal happiness but, rather, suffering eternal torment.
His friends and relatives went down to the gates of hell and tried to intercede for him, giving him a positive endorsement and a good character reference, but the gates of hell would not open to release him. Likewise, his parish priest tried to plead for him saying that he really wasn't all that bad. Still, the gates of hell remained closed. Finally, came his mother. She did not plead for him, she did not try to bargain for him, she did not make excuses for him. She simply said, "Let me in." The gates of hell opened immediately because they could not withstand the force of love.
Our Father among the Saints, John Chrysostom writes: "Let no one fear death, for our Savior's death has set us free. He has destroyed death by enduring it. He has despoiled death by going down to its kingdom. O Death where is your sting. O Hades where is your victory? Christ is risen and you are abolished! Christ is risen and life is freed! Christ is risen and the tomb is emptied of the dead, for Christ has become the Leader and Reviver of those who had fallen asleep. To Him be glory and honor forever!" (Paschal Sermon)
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Once, a famous violinist came out on the stage and made the unfortunate discovery that there was something wrong with his violin. He looked for a second and then saw it was not his famous and valuable one. He paralyzed for a moment, then turned to his audience and told them, "Ladies and gentlemen: I will show you that the music is not in the instrument but in the heart."
He played as he had never played before and the music poured forth until the audience was overcome with enthusiasm and the applause almost lifted the roof off the building. Indeed, the man had revealed to them that the music was not in the machine but in his own heart.
Today, the joy of the Resurrection is still within our hearts. And, we must take to heart the words that Our Lord spoke to His disciples when He appeared to them after His resurrection: "As the Father sent Me, so I send you..." (John 20:21). Indeed, the Lord Himself sends us, like the apostles, to proclaim to the world that "He is risen!"
We proclaim Our Lord's resurrection not just in hymns and inspired songs, but by the very manner in which we live our lives. "Get rid of all bitterness, all anger, harsh words, slander and malice of every kind," says Saint Paul. "In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate and forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ!"(Ephesians 4:32). May the joy of the resurrection remain within our hearts every day of the year!
The Good News Within Our Heart
The Story of a Blind Girl
There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry him.
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, "Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?"
The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her say, "Just take care of my eyes dear."
This is how human brain changes when the status changed. Only few remember what life was before, and who's always been there even in the most painful situations.
Life is A Gift
Today before you think of saying an unkind word -
think of someone who can't speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food -
think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife -
think of someone who is crying out to God for a companion.
Today before you complain about life -
think of someone who went too early to heaven.
Before you complain about your children -
think of someone who desires children but they're barren.
Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn't clean or sweep -
think of the people who are living in the streets.
Before whining about the distance you drive -
think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job -
think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.
But before you think of pointing the finger or condeming another -
remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.
And when depressing thoughtds seem to get you down -
put a smile on your face and thank God you're alive and still around.
Life is a gift -- Live it! Enjoy it! Celebrate it! and Fulfill it!