Wisdom Story – 225


A group of lions in a zoo, suffering grievously from their imprisonment, formed themselves into various groups. There was the patriotic group: these would meet very often and sing sad songs about their jungle home; nostalgia was their specialty. Then there was the political group whose meetings were always so noisy that you had the impression they were good for something. And then there were a few groups whose interest was entertainment; their aim was to distract themselves from their predicament.

But there was one lion who refused to join any of these groups. He would sit in front of the gate and stare straight ahead all day.  the others thought him anti-social and depressed, and they stopped inviting him to join their groups. One day, out of pity, one  of them sat down beside him and asked gently, “What goes on in your poor sad mind as you sit all day staring?”

“I’m studying the lock.” he replied.


Photo “Contest”



One of my colleagues produced this image to serve as a visual summary of a meeting we had.

Care to speculate what the meeting was about?

**See my response to Claire, the first commenter, to find out the “official answer.”**


What Makes Us Different?


A friend asked me to replace her copy of Jim Manney’s A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer and, of course, I found myself reading it yet again.  This passage caught my attention:

The problem is: how are Christians different? Our lives look pretty much the same as everyone’s. Some Christians live in monasteries and a fortunate few are free enough to go to daily Mass and pray frequently through the day. The rest of us bob along on a river of e-mails, meetings, housework, errands, commuting, and to do lists—just as everyone does. We watch the same TV shows and go to the same movies. “They’ll know we are Christians by our love,” says the refrain of an old song, but non-Christians also try to behave ethically and treat others well. In everyday terms, what makes us different?

It’s a good question and one for which I’m not sure I have a decent answer…

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi


Not “Make me a channel of your peace…”  How can I be nearly 60 years-old and never have come across this before?

You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and Your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good,
Lord God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom.
You are humility. You are endurance.
You are rest. You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and You suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage. You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, Great and Wonderful Lord,
God Almighty, Merciful Savior.