Saturday, November 10, 2012

Updated 13NOV12: Catholic Anecdotes: Why did God make you? Fish Out of Water

Q. Why did God make you?
A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.


Without the knowledge of God the heart has no true peace. A certain fisherman one day caught a great number of fish. As he was a good sort of man, he picked out the largest fish to take as a present to his parish priest. The fish was still alive when he brought it to the presbytery and laid it on the ground. All at once it began to flap with its tail, to flounder and twist itself about incessantly. The priest made use of the occasion to draw a lesson for  the bystanders. “ See,” he said, “ how that unfortunate creature wriggles and flounders about ; it wants to return to its element, which is water. It cannot be happy unless it is in the water. So it is with us men. We are made for God, and as soon as we depart from God we are unhappy and ill at ease.” St. Augustine says truly : “ Our heart cannot rest until it rests in Thee,  God.”      


No one can be saved without exertion on his part. Some foolish people assert that no man can influence his destiny. A Franciscan monk, Duns Scotus by name, was one day walking alongside a field where a laborer was at work, cursing and swearing all the time. The monk begged him to desist, telling him if he used such bad language he would surely go to hell. The man answered : “ If God has decreed that I shall go to hell, no prayers will avail me anything ; if He has decreed that I shall go to heaven, I shall be saved, however much I curse and swear.” “If so,” the priest rejoined, “I cannot understand why you are plowing this field. For if God has decreed that you shall have a good crop, you will have one although you do not cultivate your land ; but if He has decreed that the harvest shall fail, all your labor will be in vain.” The peasant replied that if he did not till the ground there would certainly be no harvest. The priest smiled, and said : “ There, you have just reversed your former argument.” Thus the man s eyes were opened to the falsity of fatalism.

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