Virtue of the Week: Truth

The Drunken Plumber In a certain town, there lived a plumber, by the name of Cecil. One day, he fell down in a pit under the influence of alcohol and hurt himself on the forehead. The wound healed, but it left a big scar on his forehead. After some time, there was famine in the […]

He is Risen

He is Risen This is my favorite Easter proclamation and its traditional response of “He is risen, indeed!” It reminds me that we truly are an “Easter People”. We live for the resurrection. We look forward to eternity. We face the dawn of each new day with great courage and hope.” We do not live […]

Virtue of the Week: Tolerance

Don’t Be So Quick To Judge ( A Story About Tolerance) There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. […]

Virtue of the Week: Servitude

OLD WARWICK This story originally appeared in the play Some Folks Feel the Rain. A man became lost while driving through the country. As he tried to read a map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch. Though he wasn’t injured, his car was stuck deep in the mud. Seeing a farmhouse just […]

Virtue of the Week: Self-Control

MEANINGLESS GOALS A farmer had a dog who used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. One day a neighbor asked the farmer “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a […]

Virtue of the Week: Morality

One Fish Once upon a time Michael the Archangel and St. Paul and went for a short stroll around Jerusalem. They saw a poor looking rabbi begging. St. Paul felt pity at him and he gave him a bag full of 100 gold denarii. The rabbi became very happy and thanked St. Paul. He left […]

Virtue of the Week: Obedience

Obedient Employees Imagine, if you will, that you work for a company whose president found it necessary to travel out of the country and spend an extended period of time abroad. So he says to you and the other trusted employees, “Look, I’m going to leave. And while I’m gone, I want you to pay […]

Virtue of the Week: Self-Discipline

The Young Monk A young monk planned to wander around the world spreading the gospel. But, he postponed the departure date again and again. The abbot waited impatiently, ‘You were supposed to start off six months ago. What’s stopping you?’ The very perturbed young monk sighed, ‘It is a very long journey. I can’t imagine […]

Virtue of the Week: Humor

God’s Sense of Humor On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this I will give you a life span of twenty years.” The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking. […]

Honor among the Poor

Poverty is only disgraceful when it is the fruit of wrong conduct. There are any number of causes of poverty, some shameful, some honorable. “When adorned with virtuous integrity, it is most honorable, better is the poor man, than he whom riches falsely lift up and place him on a perverse pedestal. Often the rich […]