Hope you are all doing well and trying hard to stay warm. The weather is getting harder and harder to deal with. But keep fighting it until it is over.
There was once a man who was going to the woods with his youngest son. He was going to cut some bamboo sticks to make a better house as his was in a very bad condition. On the way the son was so curious about everything he saw and he kept asking questions to his father in an eagerness to know things. The father was answering him quietly and patiently all the questions the boy was asking.
When they reached the woods, the father started cutting some bamboo sticks before which he said to his son, “Dear son, I cut the sticks and you arrange them well so that we can take them home”. The boy accepted what his dad said. The son could not hold himself from asking questions to his father. But human as he was, he was starting to get slowly irritated at his son. It is then the boy said as he was looking at the river nearby, “Dad where does this river go?” At the peak of irritation, the dad said, “Hmmm. It is going to our house”. The boy kept quiet.
The work was over and the dad thought that it was time for them to go home and that they had sufficient bamboo sticks. He turned to his son and said, “Hey son, where are the sticks? Let us go home. Bundle them up.” The boy said, “Oh dad! No worry. I threw them all in the river. By this time all sticks would be home”. The dad could not say anything.
This is what is interesting in human life. We teach the children a lot of things. When we do them, we do with our mind not with their mind. That is what makes the job tough. We need to tell them or teach them with their mind. Because, the mind of the children is immaculate and innocent and they do not know the minds of the grown-up people. They do not know what is in the depth of our mind. They tend to take as literally as they hear them. They do not know the inner meaning of what we tell them. They do not know our background from which our words form and flow. Most of all they trust and believe us. So, we need to be straightforward to them.
The other thing is when we tell them something which we do not really mean, we teach them to become hypocritical. We teach them to tell people what they do not really mean. In other simple words, we teach them to be dishonest, which is not good. So as Jesus said, “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.” (Mt: 5:37). Everything other than this comes from the evil one. Let us try that and let us be simple in what we think or speak.
Have a nice time and stay warm.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony.