THE LADLE OR THE SOUP?
There once was a man who chose to volunteer at a soup kitchen. He arrived and was given a silver ladle. He was given his instructions and shortly thereafter people started coming in for some soup.
But this man spent all of his time thinking about the ladle … that it was silver and not wood, no fancy etchings, it was too thin for his hand, it wasn’t big enough … and subsequently he never served any soup.
Finally another guy came over and asked him, “Dude, this is a soup kitchen. Why did you choose to volunteer if you aren’t going to serve any soup?”
The purpose of our school, our sports and our other activities is to build virtue.
Building virtuous men and women – that is the serving of the soup – the activity is merely the ladle, our “tool” to teach virtue.
We too can get so caught up with the particulars … that we forget about virtue, willpower, character …
Don’t spend all your time on the ladle – serve the soup!
||How does the soup ladle compare to the fundamentals of being on a team?
||What particulars are distracting us from our true purpose?
Let’s each one of us look for ways to serve one another in some small way while we are together today.
Have you ever thought about your PURPOSE in life?
What is it that are you are greatest at and enjoy doing the most?
We pray today for our nation’s leaders. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to fulfill their PURPOSE. You have said, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” May this be a new era for America, as we humble ourselves and acknowledge You alone as our Savior and Lord.
May we all be leaders this week who live with PURPOSE by reflecting on what we would like to accomplish with our life.
This we pray in Your holy name, Amen
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Reflect on what you would like to accomplish with your life – your life’s purpose.
“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” – Napoleon Hill
“Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man
chooses or avoids.” – Aristotle
“You must sacrifice, train, do everything possible to put yourself in a position to
win. But if you consider second or third a failure, I feel sorry for you.” – Joe Falcon
“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“Discipline is remembering what you want.” – David Campbell
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” – Jim Rohn
“One of the best uses of your time is to increase your competence in your key
result areas.” – Brian Tracy
Luke 4: 42-44
At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
St. Rita Amada de Jesus
St. Rita’s spiritual life was characterized by eucharistic reparation and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She had a great desire to save many souls. She also involved all her family in the apostolate. Frequently, needy women were lodged in their house as long as it was necessary. Rita became an authentic missionary and apostle pro the family.