(A forwarded email I almost deleted without thought)
"Our Father Who Art In Heaven.
Don't interrupt me. I'm praying.
But -- you called ME!
No, I didn't call you.
Our Father who art in Heaven.
There -- you did it again!
"Our Father who art in Heaven"
Well, here I am...
What's on your mind?
But I didn't mean anything by it.
I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day. I always say the Lord's Prayer. It makes me feel good, kind of like fulfilling a duty.
Well, all right. Go on.
Okay, Hallowed be thy name.
Hold it right there. What do you mean by that?
By "Hallowed be thy name"?
It means, it means.. .good grief, I don't know what it means. How in the world should I know? It's just a part of the prayer. By the way, what does it mean?
It means honored, holy, wonderful.
Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what 'hallowed' meant before. Thanks. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Do you really mean that?
Sure, why not?
What are you doing about it?
Doing? Why, nothing, I guess.
I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control, of everything down here like you have up there. We're kinda in a mess down here you know.
Yes, I know; but, have I got control of you?
Well, I go to church..
That isn't what I asked you.
What about your bad temper?
You've really got a problem there, you know.
And then there's the way you spend your money -- all on yourself.
And what about the kind of books you read?
Now hold on just a minute!
Stop picking on me!
I'm just as good as some of the rest of those People at church!
I thought you were praying for my will to be done..
If that is to happen, it will have to start with the ones
who are praying for it.
Like you -- for example..
Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups.
Now that you mention it, I could probably name some others.
So could I.
I haven't thought about it very much until now, but I really would like to cut out some of those things.
I would like to, you know, be really free.
Now we're getting somewhere.
We'll work together -- You and ME.
I'm proud of You.
Look, Lord, if you don't mind, I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
You need to cut out the bread. You're overweight as it is.
Hey, wait a minute! What is this? Here I was doing my religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.
Praying is a dangerous thing. You just might get what you ask for.
Remember, you called ME -- and here I am.
It's too late to stop now.
Keep praying. (pause . . )
Well, go on.
I'm scared to.
Scared? Of what?
I know what you'll say.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
What about Ann?
See? I knew it!
I knew you would bring her up!
Why, Lord, she's told lies about me, spread stories. She never paid back the money she owes me. I've sworn to get even with her!
But -- your prayer --
What about your prayer?
I didn't -- mean it..
Well, at least you're honest.
But, it's quite a load carrying around all that bitterness and resentment isn't it?
Yes, but I'll feel better as soon as I get even with her. Boy, have I got some plans for her. She'll wish she had never been born.
No, you won't feel any better. You'll feel worse. Revenge isn't sweet. You know how unhappy you are --
Well, I can change that.
You can? How?
Forgive Ann. Then, I'll forgive you; And the hate and the sin, will be Ann's problem -- not yours. You will have settled the problem as far as you are concerned.
Oh, you know, you're right. You always are. And more than I want revenge, I want to be right with You . . (sigh). All right, all right. I forgive her.
How do you feel?
Hmmmm. Well, not bad. Not bad at all! In fact, I feel pretty great! You know, I don't think I'll go to bed uptight tonight. I haven't been getting much rest, you know.
Yeah, I know.
But, you're not through with your prayer, are you? Go on.
Oh, all right.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Good! Good! I'll do that. Just don't put yourself in a place
where you can be tempted.
What do you mean by that?
You know what I mean.
Yeah. I know.
Go ahead. Finish your prayer.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Do you know what would bring me glory? What would really make me happy?
No, but I'd like to know. I want to please you now. I've really made a mess of things. I want to truly follow you.. I can see now how great that would be. So, tell me . . . How do I make you happy?
YOU just did".
Carrying a lantern into a forest night doesn't guarantee you'll see all the trees. It only means that you can see a few steps ahead of you, far enough to keep your footing sure. Likewise, as the Lord lights your path, He may not shine all the answers to the shadowy questions in your mind, but He will give you all the light you need to scale life's obstacles with confidence and agility. (via Ian)
For human beings, the most daunting challenge is to become fully human. For to become fully human is to become fully divine. -Fr. Keating (via Malou)
The wealthy man rarely has compassion -- otherwise he would not be wealthy. Fr. Nikon, monk (via Malou)
Friendship is not looking for a friend to make you complete, but finding a friend who will learn to share the incompleteness within you. (via Alfie)
When we comne before the Lord with our naked self, don't be surprised to see the walls we've created being torn apart. Our true strength lies in our eing defenseless before Him. (via Malou)
By embracing our crosses, be it our unruly relatives, lingering illness, conflicts, confusions, oppressive works and advocacies, or our financial difficulties, we too can become victorious in our passion and death and enter life eternal. (via Waldy)
Two most important thoughts a person should bear in mind: Use things not people. Love people not things. (via Alvin)
What is the difference between bravery, sacrifice, confidence, and trust? Bravery is saying no to what you believe is wrong. Sacrifice is saying no to (...) (via Ian)
Contentment is when you reach a certain point and you realize that life is not a race and you're not a rat. (via Romel)
Repentance means to change the direction in which you are looking for happiness. - Fr. Keating (via Malou)
More knowledge of God leads to a higher form of worship. - Anon. (via Mel)
Joy can be so great that it is painful. - Fr. Keating (via Malous)
Every time I begin to feel that there just isn't any more strength in me, I end up knowing that there is more in Him. (via Malou)
Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. Malcolm Muggeridge (via Mel)
Contemplative prayer brings us face to face with the false self; we discover that our idnetity is deeper than our psychological awareness. It initiates a divine therapy. - Fr. Keating (via Malou)
Life is God's novel. Let Him write it. - Isaac Bashevis Singer (via Mel)
Forgiving someone does not mean you are saying the other person is right. (via Malou)
Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark, that creates extraordinary results. (via Annie)
The world can offer so much but even having them all won't ensure our contentment. What we value defines our happiness. What we keep spells our purpose. (via Annie)
If everyday you've always wished for the same thing, for someone to love and will love you back. Today wish for something else: For the wisdom and maturity to realize that you won't find wha you want by looking for it; not to expect someone else to give you what you never gave yourself; that you're not a half waiting to be whole; and even if that special person may or may not come along, you'll be just fine. (via Annie)
Life is pretty simple. If you ask for apples and you get lemons, make a lemonade. If you are on your way aoutt and it starts to rain, at least you don't have to water the plants. it is a matter of seeing things in perspective. The benefits may not be immediate or obvious, but we have to know that there are problems and struggles. have faith. Enjoy life. Take it easy. if today you are pricking the grapes, tomorrow you will be drinking the wine. (via Joe)
A person's most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge but a heart full of love, an ear open to listen and a hand with a willingness to help. (via Joe)
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