Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy Birthday St. Mary

Today, September 8th we celebrate the birthday of St. Mary.  She was born to Joachim and Anne. She later goes on to become the mother of Jesus Christ and the most blessed woman ever.

In every cultures, the birthday of every person merits a celebration. Family and friends gather to wish the "birthday child" many happy returns. There are well-wishing, balloons, cards, cakes, candles, a favorite meal, there are gifts and jests - everything that say, at least once a year:

 "You are special, there's only one of you, we are happy that you exist." 

The Birth of the Virgin Mary - Painting by Esteban Murillo located at Louvre, Paris

If we were to celebrate the birthday of St. Mary, I think an angel food cake would be appropriate, with white icing and blue icing for trim. The reason for white and blue is because white is a symbol of purity and blue symbolizes fidelity. Those are the two colors especially used for Mary. 

St. Mary with Parents - Joachim and Anne

Dear St. Mary - we wish you a very Happy Birthday!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Carrot and Egg

Once a student complained to his learned teacher about the difficulties he was enduring in his life.

The wise teacher gave him a carrot and an egg to examine. The student was asked to comment on their hardness. He said that the carrot was sufficiently hard that it cannot be crushed by hands. The egg could be easily cracked and the liquid contents would leak out with ease.

Then the teacher put the carrot and egg together in a pan, added some water to cover them and then boiled the water over the flame. After some time, the teacher took out the articles from the pan and asked for the comments of the student.

The boy observed that the carrot, which was hard earlier, had become very soft after boiling. The egg, on the other hand, became very hard during the boiling. Its contents had solidified and now would not flow out even when the shell was shattered.

The teacher told the boy, “Earlier, you were like the carrot. Your courage and strength of mind were lost when you were exposed to the hard realities of life. Thus, you became weak and could be smashed easily.”

Next, he displayed the egg and told, “Be like the egg. You are soft and tender by nature, but the adversities of life should make you bolder and stronger. Then you can gain the courage to face any harsh moments with confidence.”

Finally, the wise teacher narrated the biographies of several successful people who had overcome the hard times of early life with confidence and earnest efforts.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Just a box of crayons

While walking in a toy store
The day before today,
I over heard a Crayon Box
With many things to say.

“I don’t like red!” said Yellow.
And Green said, “Nor do I!”
And no one here likes Orange,
But no one knows quite why.

“We are a box of crayons
that really doesn’t get along,”
Said Blue to all the others.
“Something here is wrong!”

Well, I bought that box of crayons
And took it home with me
And laid out all the crayons
So the crayons could all see

They watched me as I colored
With Red and Blue and Green
And Black and White and Orange
And every color in between

They watched as Green became the grass
And Blue became the sky.
The Yellow sun was shining bright
On White clouds drifting by.

Colors changing as they touched,
Becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
They watched till I was through.

And when I’d finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did the Crayon box
Had something more to say……..

“I do like Red! ” said the Yellow
And Green said, “So do I !”
And Blue you are terrific!
“So high up in the sky.”

“We are a Box of Crayons
Each of us unique,
But when we get together
The picture is complete”

Credits: Shane DeRolf

Tuesday, September 4, 2012