Three men died and went to heaven. St. Peter asked the first if he had been faithful to his wife; he admitted to two affairs during his marriage.
All participants in the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center’s New Year’s on the Mountain Retreat, along with all friends of the Graymoor Community, are invited on New Year’s Day to attend an interfaith New Year’s prayer service for world peace at the Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent, NY from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.
There is a song by Billy Joel; called Piano Man. It is about Joel’s early life when he used to play the piano in a bar. Every night he would sing songs for the customers and in piano man, he tells their stories.
Many of us look back and feel guilty about something we said or did in the past. If only we could undo the cruel deed, we would un-say the harsh words.
This true story is from Woman’s Day Magazine. When Karen and her husband Tom found out they were going to have another baby, they wanted to prepare their three-year-old son Michael to be ready for a new sister.
In our gospel, we read of ten lepers who come to Jesus for a cure. We have little concept today of what it meant to be a leper at the time of Jesus. Worse than the disease was the leper's fate; cut off from family, forced to live a wretched life alone, begging for food.
In our gospel today the twelve apostles make an excellent request of Jesus; increase our faith. Jesus does not respond directly to their request, He puts the apostles on the spot. The point of importance, He says, is not how much faith you have, its size, its amount. What is important is the kind of faith you have, it has to be genuine.
Many people used to come to Mother Teresa. They wanted to get involved in her work. Mother Teresa being a wise woman could tell if they had what it took to work with her sisters.