Hope you are all doing well even after the snow made its first more visible landing this past week. Yes! We are in Wisconsin and winter is here. Brace yourselves for the white stuff season.
I would like to thank Bill, Helen and Bob profoundly for the committed service they rendered for such a long time being members of St. Mary’s finance council. We appreciate their willingness and commitment to the welfare of our parish community. A hearty welcome to Gene Brueggen, Paul Peplinski and Jodi Griepentrog to be on the finance council and expect a more committed rendition of their time and talent to our parish. Wish them well in their future.
When I was in college, we had a professor who was a jovial man and we liked his class, because he would keep the class lively with his funny jokes and thoughtful anecdotes. At the end of the third year, it was a custom that all the students of the class would go for an excursion. The particular professor was in charge of the arrangements. So, one day he started discussing about this topic. The students said they would want to go to Kashmir, which the north most part of India. After some discussion, the place changed to Andaman Islands (like Hawaii for USA), which is an exorbitant place of tourism and the finance to go to that place was not sufficient. Then the place was decided on Mysore and Bangalore which are in another state and they are good tourist spots, too. For some reason it was abandoned and finally ended up with Chennai, our State Capital (like Madison for Wisconsin).
The professor who was listening to all the discussions, selection and abandonment of places finally said with a vicious smile on his face, “Guys, you know what? When you started your discussion with Kashmir, I started planning about going to Chennai. Only when you start with Kashmir, I was sure enough, you could at least end up with Chennai. Had you started with Chennai, you would have ended up with the outer side of our campus. Only when you start with longer distance you would end up with some mediocre distance.” This gave us a frustrated smile on our face and also understood he was right.
Aim High. This is what we need to do in our life too. Only when we aim for the stars, we can at least end up with butterflies. We must try to do the best things possible, only then at least we can end up with some better or good things. Try to be the best husband and wife, at least you would make a good husband and wife. Try to be the best parent, at least you will be a mediocre parent. Try to be the best student, at least you will end up being an average student. Try to be the holiest person, at least you will end up becoming an unharmful being. Try to be the sincerest person, at least you will end up with being least insincere. Try to be the most loving person, at least you will end up being least hateful person. Try to be the humblest person, at least you will end up being the least proud person. Try to be the most humane person, at least you would end up being the least inhumane person. Try to be the best Christian ever, at least you will end up being a mediocre Christian. Try to become a saint, at least you will end up being an ordinary righteous person. So, try the best that you may at least achieve the smallest or the least.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus, Fr. A. Antony