Hope you are doing well. I am home trying to get everything done and get back to Auburndale. Thank you all for your prayers for my safe travels. This is not a long vacation, but it is good to be with the parents, siblings and all other relatives.
There was once a master who was traveling in a desert on his camel. The evening came and he had to rest. So he pitched his tent and had his supper. Then he went to lie down on his bed. After a while the camel called the master and said, "Master, it is very cold out here. Would you kindly let me peep my nose-tip into the tent so that I may feel better?" The master feeling pity for the camel said, "Yes. You can do so." Time passed. The camel again called the master and said, " Master, it is really cold. Can I have my head inside the tent so that I may feel a little warmer and more comfortable?" The master nodded and the camel put his head into the tent. Camel was happy and time passed by.
After a while the camel requested of the master, saying, "Master, you are so generous and loving. Would you in your kindness let me put my two forelegs into the tent?" The master couldn't resist the request be-cause the camel praised him and because the camel had to be fine if the travel should continue well the next day. A while later another request came from the camel to have a little more space offered. Now the master almost had to squeeze himself out to make space for the camel. By the end of the night the master ended up outside the tent and the camel lay inside the tent comfortably sleeping.
This is what happens in our lives. Our sinful attitude and bad behavior are like the camel. They all start with peeping into us with the nose-tip, but at the end we are out of ourselves and we lose our identity as a human person and a true Christian. We should always be on the guard to keep watch that the camel not encroach into our human personality. If we fail we will have to face the consequences as the master in the story.
Also on the same note we may start cultivating good habits and a virtuous life. Little by little if we try to cultivate the life of faith and virtue, we will surely have a recompense. May we all try to do that which is never impossible.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. A. Antony.