Daily Gospel Reflection

Story:  MY DOG CAN WALK ON WATER
There was a hunter who came into the possession of a special bird dog. The dog was the only one of its kind, because it can walk on water. One day he invited a friend to go hunting with him so that he could show off his prized possession. After some  time, they shot a few ducks, which fell into the river. The man ordered his dog to run and fetch the birds. The dog ran on water to fetch the birds. The man was expecting a compliment about the amazing dog, but did not receive it. Being curious, he asked his friend if the friend had noticed anything unusual about the dog. The friend replied, "Yes, I did see something unusual about your dog. Your dog can't swim!"

SUCCESS PRINCIPLES
More than 90% of the people that we face everyday are negative. They choose to look at the hole in the middle rather than the doughnut. Do not expect compliments or encouragement from them. These are the people who cannot pull you out of your present situation. They can only push you down. So be aware of them, spend less time with them, and do not let them steal your dreams
away from you.

YOUR ARE WORTH
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill? Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this."  He started to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who wants it?" Many more hands went up.

My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. The$20 bill did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him.

God bless you!
Fr. Rudolf D'Souza, OCD

P.S.:
As I have mentioned last week, I will be away from Monday, November 9 until the first week of December.  Please pray for the success of the retreats that I will be preaching in the UAE (3 cities). This engagement was booked almost 2 years ago before I got this assignment in Guardian Angels.  Likewise I will keep you all in my prayers while I am away.  I will certainly miss you all. 
God bless, Fr. Rudolf  

     


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