Catholic Times' column on spirituality, shows how easy it is to be moved and influenced by what we do not believe and even think foolish.The columnist, a priest, on passing the lobby of the monastery saw one of the senior priests reading the newspaper.
"Father, what grabs your interest so early in the morning?" The priest:
over the news I saw today's fortune column, and spent time reading
it. What is your birth year,month and day? Let us see what they say?--
Be careful today to avoid a big disagreement."
knew the priest would not be in the least interested in fortunes, and here he was reading the horoscopes. It didn't make sense."Father
when did you start becoming interested in horoscopes?"
I am just playing around, just curious to see what people are reading
and believing. I looked to see what my horoscope was and I am to leave by the North, and will meet a noble person. Aren't we all noble
persons? What are your plans? "
"I am on my way to the
research center and just dropped in to say hello. Have a good day." The
columnist took leave of his fellow priest. He was to meet three of his
classmates from the diocese. They were going to donate a gift to the
research center. Three of the classmates met him at the center and they
went to the market to see what was available. One of the classmates
"Father, pick the color and the design that you want."
columnist suddenly remembered what his priest friend told him to
beware of disagreements, and answered: "They're all fine, no
The classmate was surprised at his response.This was not the person he knew."Hey, you will be using it at the center, pick what you want."
The columnist continued to tell his friend it didn't matter what he
bought they were all good. "You are giving it to me as a gift so it is proper
for you to make the choice." That day he was getting into a fight with his classmate over what to buy. It was crazy, he was fulfilling what the
horoscope had predicted could happen.
This prompted the
columnist to give the whole thing some thought. The words of his
brother priest at the monastery indirectly influenced
him that day. If he was moved by a positive mind in the way he was
living, and was not tied and bound by the here and now, but had his
eyes on what was eternal he would be more authentic, and know himself better.