“Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.” ~ Archbishop Fulton J Sheen
Beautiful story…..A very poor man lived with his wife.
One day, his wife, who had very long hair asked him to buy her a comb for her hair to grow well and to be well-groomed.
The man felt very sorry and said no. He explained that he did not even have enough money to fix the strap of his watch he had just broken.
She did not insist on her request.
The man went to work and passed by a watch shop, sold his damaged watch at a low price and went to buy a comb for his wife.
He came home in the evening with the comb in his hand ready to give to his wife.
He was surprised when he saw his wife with a very short hair cut.
She had sold her hair and was holding a new watch band.
Tears flowed simultaneously from their eyes, not for the futility of their actions, but for the reciprocity of their love.
MORAL: To love is nothing, to be loved is something but to love and to be loved by the one you love,that is EVERYTHING. Never take love for granted.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “hello’s” to get you through the final “goodbye.”
– Bob Perks –
An Italian nun celebrated her 107th birthday on February 20, attributing her longevity to “living in joy.”
Sister Candida (Alma) Bellotti, who is believed to be the world’s oldest religious. A native of Verona, she joined the Camillian order 80 years ago. She now lives in Lucca, in Tuscany.
For her birthday, Sister Candida was at the Vatican, where she attended Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae and spoke briefly with Pope Francis. She declined to choose a favorite among the nine Roman Pontiffs who have led the Church during her lifetime.
— taken from http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2014/02/20/World-oldest-nun-says-joy-secret-long-life_10112915.html —
Recalling that Christ instituted the Sacrament of Penance on Easter evening, Pope Francis devoted his Wednesday general audience to confession.
Pope Francis noted that “forgiveness is not the result of our efforts, but is a gift, a gift of the Holy Spirit” in which penitents receive the mercy and grace that flow from the heart of Christ.
In response to the statement, “I confess only to God,” Pope Francis reminded those in attendance that we also sin against our brothers and against the Church, and thus we need to be reconciled to the Church through a priest. To the objection, “I am ashamed,” Pope Francis replied that shame is “good” and “healthy” because it makes us humble.
Pope Francis urged the faithful who have not been to confession for a long time to “be brave,” “not waste a day,” and go to confession.
— taken from http://it.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/02/19/udienza_generale._il_papa:_non_vergogniamoci_di_confessarci,_ogni/it1-774447 —
A suicide bomber attacked a bus of South Korean Christians traveling from St. Catherine’s Monastery to Israel, killing three and wounding two dozen.
Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, a Salafist jihadist group active in the Sinai Peninsula, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a Reuters report.
Blessed John Paul II made a pilgrimage to St. Catherine’s Monastery, which is located at Mount Sinai, during the great jubilee of the year 2000.
— taken from http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/18/us-egypt-attack-idUSBREA1G1HJ20140218 —