Self-centeredness

Lower The Drawbridge

The “Flu” is one of those illnesses that can cause you to feel depressed. At some point during the course of the illness, you become convinced that the doctor has made the wrong diagnosis. You feel like you’re dying, and nobody really seems to take you seriously. There is the story of a woman who …

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Even Every Church Mouse

James Thurber, the well-known American humorist, wrote a number of “beast” fables. In them he pokes fun at our shortcomings by having his animal characters act as humans do. One of these fables is entitled “The Mouse and the Money.” It seems a city mouse moved to the country to live in the walls of …

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The Most Important Thing

The Apostle Paul understood clearly that the most important thing in all of human life is God’s Love. His own life was transformed by it-revolutionized-and he just could not stop talking about it. But he did have a problem with his fellow early Christians about this. And Christians have been having the same problem ever …

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The Sticky Problem Of Duty

The American College Dictionary lists nine alternate definitions of the word “duty” covering a wide range of meanings. “Duty,” we learn, is “that which one is bound to do by moral or legal obligation.” “Duty” is also “a levy imposed on the import or export of goods.” And in agricultural language, “duty” is “the amount …

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Stand On Your Head

There is a wonderful parable in which a certain man dies and arrives at the Pearly Gates where he is met by Saint Peter. “As ‘Keeper of the Gates,’ it is my duty to inform you that you must score one thousand points before you can pass through these Gates of Paradise,” Peter says to …

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Formula For Happiness

In the Board Room of a highly profitable business, the question of employee bonuses for lengthy and meritorious service was debated. When the matter came to a vote, the majority of the Board voted “No!” In the words of the Chairman of the Board, “Such generosity would only serve to reduce our profits.” A Resolution …

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God’s Key

There is a short story in which a self-centered old man dreams that he died and went to hell. In the midst of his anguish, he looks heavenward and cries out for a second chance. A voice from above asks him what he had done in his earthly life to merit a second chance. After …

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Don’t Blow Out The Candle!

A game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds was scheduled for a certain Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. That morning, baseball’s Tom Lasorda, manager of the Dodgers, and a Catholic, went to Mass. As he settled down in his pew, the Cincinnati Reds manager came into the Church and sat in the same …

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Priority One

A college student was standing outside his dormitory building smoking a cigarette. Another student came by and said, “Do you have the same problem I have? Your roommate won’t let you smoke indoors?” To which the man with the cigarette replied, “No, it’s not my roommate I’m worried about. My professor says that if it …

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A Special Kind Of Do-Gooder

A Syracuse University Professor has written a book called “How You Can Help: An Easy Guide To Doing Good Deeds In Your Everyday Life.” He had planned to call the book “A Guide For the Genuine Do-Gooder.” But a friend, who spends much of her time and money trying to help the unfortunate, told him …

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