As I was scanning the internet I found a beautiful allegory written by an unknown author. I thought it is so appropriate at this time of challenge and traveling down a new path of living for all of us.
Feelings and emotions traveled to a coastal island for a much looked forward vacation. They were having a great time when a serious warning came of an impending storm headed their way. All were directed to evacuate and, of course, in a panic they rushed to their boats to make their escape. Love did not want to flee as it felt it had so much to do. But as the clouds darkened it became evident that is was critical to leave. Going down to the shore Love realized that there were no boats left. Prosperity had a luxurious boat and it was full of precious possessions and would not take Love. Vanity also owned a beautiful boat but he did not want to soil it with muddy feet. Sorrow was so sad and wanted only to be by itself and think of itself alone. Happiness was so excited and happy and was not concerned with anyone else. And then Love heard a voice call out. “I will take you.” Love did not know who this was, but jumped into the boat and was so relieved. In getting out of the boat safely, Love met Knowledge and asked, “Do you know who gave me this help?” Knowledge answered, “It was Time!” “Why?” Love wondered. “Because Time knows true goodness and what you are capable of. Time knows that only Love can bring peace and true joy to the world.”
We can learn so much from this story. When we are doing well, we simply tend to take love for granted or even overlook Love. When we feel overly important, we forget Love. When we experience Happiness and Sorrow, we focus on ourselves more than others, not on Love. Only with Time do we come to realize the importance of Love in our lives.
The late Bishop Sheen tells us that when we love we are living harder. When we love we will do all that we can for another. He refers to the admonition of Jesus who taught that when someone asks for your tunic, give him or her your cloak as well. When someone asks you to walk a mile, go the extra mile. The Bishop warns us that we must always be prepared to do more. Most of us think that we have a limited energy, but he believes that is not true because he feels that our energy is renewed when we do things out of love. “Do not be selfish,” he says, “but do for others even when the demands seem to be too much.” The Bishop reminds us that, with a strong faith and a lot of love, we can do wonders! He uses a powerful quote to make his point. “Believe the incredible and you can do the impossible! With faith and love even Peter could walk on the water!”
When we talk about a life of great love we can’t help but recall Mother Teresa whose entire life was spent in offering much love to the poorest, the neediest people of the world. She lived the truth that love is a gift and a gift is meant to be given. She is known to have spoken many words appealing to us to follow Jesus’ example whenever and wherever we can and share our love with one another, especially the outcasts and needy. Although the following words of Mother Teresa might be a little less known, they show us clearly what is possible for us to do, with love, for our hurting world. Mother Teresa is not asking us to do the impossible; she simply says to us, “Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering and lonely right there where you are – in your own house, in your own families, in your workplace and school. You can find Calcutta anywhere in the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, rejected by society, completely forgotten, completely left alone.”
Yes, we can stay where we are! Stay in Barrington, find our own “Calcutta” and do God’s work! Perhaps that might only be daily prayers for them, but that we can do! Let’s all remember: In the present Time, now — we must act upon the powerful words of the giants of our faith and bring more Love into our needy and broken world!
Sister Lauretta Leipzig