Miracle at the

 

             Butchers

 

       "I will give this Lady the same amount of meat as that which  

                                      the paper weighs" 

An amazing story heard recently, richly deserves sharing with my readers:

 Timidly entering his shop, a very gentle and frail old lady approached the butcher who was joking with his customers.  She asked if she could have a few ounces of minced meat on credit.   Her request was abruptly turned down on the grounds that already she had an unpaid bill with him.    

  With scarlet cheeks but without demur, she left the shop only to return minutes later with the money and the account sheet, on which she had written:    "Do accept my very sincere apologies.     I am now going to hear Mass which I shall offer to the Good Lord for your intentions and in order to make recompense."    

  The butcher gave the appearance of being touched and asked her to drop in again on the way home.   This she did, and taking her account sheet from his apron pocket, he placed it on the weighing scales and sarcastically announced to the waiting customers:  "I will give this lady the same amount of meat as that which the paper weighs." 

  Then he proceeded to place a slice of meat on the scales but the paper weighed more.  He placed slice after slice, but try as he might, the paper continued to outweigh the meat.    Perspiration began to roll down his face and in sheer desperation, he flung on a huge leg of lamb but all was in vain.   Knowing that he was making a fool of himself, he was forced to concede defeat.

  A man who hitherto had led an immoral life, he was totally converted to Christianity and became a pillar of holiness.   

  This story was told by Sr. Emmanuel Borg, who is a  Maltese missionary nun in India, where she and Fr. Lazar run a school for the poorest of the poor, who otherwise would never receive an education.  I have the deepest respect and admiration for Sr. Emmanuel.   Coming back to Malta every summer in order to give spiritual talks, ( now in her seventies), she is to be found walking the streets in the heat of the noon-day sun , often when the temperature  rises to 35 degrees cent., and will only pause to enjoy a drink of cold water or a coffee.   Such is her determination and dedication.  

 In her absence, Fr. Lazar - a young, dynamic Indian priest who is conspicious by his enthusiasm and holiness, and the love which emanates from him -  will run the show. 

 Sr. Emmanuel told me, the priest who recounted the story to her with regard to the meat, was the son of one of those customers in the shop, who witnessed the miracle.   

  This incident actuated his vocation to the priesthood.  

"A man who loves, no longer needs to protect himself against anyone, since he already contemplates the face of God.  Man without God is ipso facto, a lung without air, an eye without light, a heart without love.  As long as man remains from God, he is in danger of becoming corrupt, confused, distressed, morally disintegrated.  Cut off from the source of its being, which is God, the life of man is unable to find fulfilment, beauty, peace.  Man without God is always unfulfilled."  (Carlo Carretto).

 

'Better a thousand enemies outside the house,

than one inside'.

Arabic proverb. 

Always turn humiliation into humility.

 

We cannot know whether we love God enough, although there may be strong reasons for thinking so, but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbour or not.  

Mother Angelica of EWTN

 tells us that we love God to the exact same extent of that which we love our worst offender. 

  WOW!

 

I do not rate as heroes those who triumphed by force of intellect.   I only acknowledge those who were great of heart.  ( Palan Rowan - French Phiposopher and writer ).


The prophetic tradition in Scripture reminds us that there are three great virtues : Generosity, hospitality and forgiveness.   Conversely, our culture invokes us to guard possessions, protect ourselves and hold grudges.  (Walter Brueggemann).


There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper.


If you don't live what you believe, you will soon believe what you live.

Fulton Sheen.


Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done, whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure.    It also makes for peace , and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it.   Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.

Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start?   Isn't it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves?  You want something and you haven't got it ; so you are prepared to kill.   You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force.  Why you don't have what you want is because you don't pray for it ; when you do pray and don't get it, it is because you have not prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires.  ( St. James).


God's inspiration is at work in everyone/ however, there are people in whom divine inspiration seems to have no effect/ people who commit crimes cold-bloodedly/ and who never rejoice at the true and the beautiful.

Even though they seem to prosper/ their punishment is assured even in this world/ the anxieties and the fears that assail them/ make their prosperity a bitterness to them/ as for the just, even though their passage through life is often dogged by misfortune/ the inward satisfaction of obeying divine inspiration gives them strength and sufficient reward for them.

 

 

Anita Kilbride-Jones,

 Saint Paul's Bay, Malta.

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