August News from the Priest

Dear Friends in Christ,
In the past months we have been exposed to the evil of terrorists in many places and in different ways.
Let’s take time during the month of August to meditate on Good vs. Evil and its potential impact on our lives. Taking this theme from a personal level, I am offering some reflection taken from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran:
“And one of the elders of the city said, Speak to us of Good and Evil. And he answered: Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters.
You are good when you are one with yourself. Yet when you are not one with yourself you are not evil. For a divided house is not a den of thieves; it is only a divided house. And a ship without rudder may wander aimlessly among perilous isles yet sink not to the bottom, you are good when you strive to give of yourself. You are good when you are fully awake in your speech, yet you are not evil when you sleep while your tongue without purpose. And even stumbling speech may strengthen a weak tongue. You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps. Yet you are not evil when you go thither limping. Even those who limp go not backward. But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness.
You are good in countless ways, and you are not evil when you are not good, you are only loitering and sluggard. Pity that the stags cannot teach swiftness to the turtles.”
Gibran, Kahlil. “Page 64-65.” The Prophet. New York: Knopf, 1969. N. pg. Print.

Blessings,
Father Ron
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