Friday, May 15, 2015


Once upon a time the members of the body were very annoyed with the stomach. They were resentful that they had to procure food and bring it to the stomach while the stomach itself did nothing but devour the fruit of the labour.

So they decided they would no longer bring the stomach food. The hand would not lift it to the mouth. The teeth would not chew it, the throat would not swallow it. That would force the stomach into doing something

But all they succeeded in doing was make the body weak to the point that they were all threatened with death. So it was finally they who learnt the lesson that in helping one another they were really working for their own welfare.

The Prayer of the Frog Vol. II - Antony De Mello SJ

Monday, February 23, 2009


To a group of his disciples whose hearts were set on a pilgrimage, the master said; " Take this bitter gourd along. Make sure you dip it into all the holy rivers and bring it into all the holy shrines."

When the disciples returned, the bitter gourd was cooked and served as sacramental good.

"Strange,"said the master slyly after he had tasted it, "the holy water and the shrines have failed to sweeten it!"

From One Minute Wisdom- Anthony de Mello SJ