A WORD FROM THE PASTOR
Devil Releases the Donkey in Us!
A donkey was tied to a tree. The devil came and untied it. The donkey ran into the fields and started destroying the crop. The farmer's wife saw this and shot the donkey dead. The donkey's owner was upset so he shot the farmer's wife.
The farmer came back to see his wife dead, he went and shot the donkey's owner. The wife of the owner of the donkey asked her sons to go and burn the house of the farmer.
The boys went late evening and carried out their mother's orders happily, assuming that the farmer too would have been burnt with the house. Sadly for them it wasn't that, so the farmer came back and shot the wife and the two sons of the owner of the donkey.
Remorseful, the farmer asked the devil why did all this have to happen. The devil said, "I did nothing, I only released the donkey, but, all of you reacted, overacted and released the inner devil."
So the next time before replying, responding, reporting, rebuking or avenging a revenge, stop and think. Be careful! Many a time what the devil does is that it just releases the donkey in us.
Let us conquer our temptations as Jesus did, using the methods Jesus employed. Jesus conquered his tempter, the devil by prayer, penance and timely use of the word of God. Hence, during this Lent, let us confront our evil tendencies by talking to God and listening to him speaking to us though the Holy Bible.
Let us convert Lent into a time for spiritual growth and Christian maturity by participating in the Mass each day or at least a few days in the week, setting aside some part of our day for personal prayer, reading some passage of the Bible, alone or, better still, with others, setting aside some money we might spend on ourselves for meals, entertainment or clothes and giving it to an organization which takes care of the less fortunate in our society, abstaining from smoking, alcohol and other evil addictions, receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Lent and participating in the Stations of the Cross on Fridays and visiting the sick and those in nursing homes and doing some acts of charity, kindness and mercy every day in the Lent.