Deflate not Inflate

A story is told about a big truck that got stuck on an overpass on the main highway causing heavy traffic congestion. Discussions and suggestions to remedy the problem went on for long hours with no solution in sight until a little boy intervened with a practical suggestion to lower the truck by deflating its big tires so it could be pulled away and traffic could flow back. Simple thought from an innocent boy solved the complex issue.

We need to deflate the tires of our pride in order for us to think and work well, for an inflated ego inhibits us to recognize and appreciate the good done by others. Pride breaks up camaraderie, turns off people and isolates one from the rest. One of the reasons why we sometimes live a lonely and miserable life is because we fail to deflate our air self-conceitedness, instead we inflate our ego with illusions and selfish ambition. Remember that your car gets bumpy when its tires are over- pumped with air. But there is stability and good road traction when tires are pumped with right amount of air. The same thing is true about ourselves. Humility gives us more freedom of movement, decongests the cloudiness of mistrust in our minds and the anger from our heart. Some said that a proud person is insensitive, while a humble person is sensitive of others. You cannot hang out with proud people and expect to live a humble life.

Let us realize that we are all human and no one is better than the other, only different.  They say that it is impossible to put back the pieces of a broken glass together, but let us also remember that broken things can become blessed things if we allow God to mend and tend. Let us simply keep doing good with humble hearts without expecting something in return for God sees and will take care of our needs.

There is a reason behind every tear and fear, a purpose for every failure and fall, for these are sometimes God’s ways of calling our attention to pay heed to his call. Sometimes God lets you hit the rock bottom so that you will discover that he is the rock at the bottom. In parallelism, it has been said that everything happens for a reason and God is the only one who knows the reason. Perhaps years from today, when you look back you might know why it happened that way and not the way we wanted it to be.  Let us trust that there is no better teacher than the Holy Spirit, no better text message than the word of God, no better face book than the face of Jesus, no better selfie than selfless love and no better face time than God’s time.

On the flip side, how nice it is to think that God hears what is not spoken and understands what is not explained, for his love doesn’t work in the lips nor in the mind but in the heart. Being humble is more important than being wise because God doesn’t appreciate a proud mouth that speaks much but a merciful heart feels and listens.

St. John Mary Vianney said; “ Humility is to the various virtues what the chain is in a Rosary. Take away the chain and the beads are scattered. Remove humility and all virtues vanish”. Next time you are tempted to inflate your ego, think of some people around you living peacefully because they deflated have their pride. Do likewise and be peaceful. Amen on that folks!!

In her Diary entry no. 697 St. Faustina wrote; “ There is not a moment in my life when I do not experience Your mercy, O God. I count on nothing in my life, but only on Your infinite mercy”.

Tune in to KOLG 90.9 FM for the Divine Mercy prayer every 3 p.m. Recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace and conversion of the world.

You are invited to the Third Guam Divine Mercy Congress on October 3, 2015 at Sta. Barbara Catholic Church, Dededo, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Some clergy of the Archdiocese will be the guest speakers on the theme of; “ Celebrating the Year  of Mercy “.

To arrange for Divine Mercy home presentation, prayer and veneration of the sacred relics of St. Faustina and St. John Paul 11, please contact Amy Borja at 472-7778. Thank you.

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