As a child one of my favorite movies was The Karate Kid. I think I must have practiced the famous crane kick over a hundred times. Some of the most classic scenes in the movie are the interactions between Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-son. The real attraction between the two came was when the young teen was saved by Miyagi from a group of bullies. “How could such a simple old man have such power and skill?” This leads Daniel to request that the Japanese born handyman train him in karate.
The next few scenes are filled with irony as Daniel is asked to do simple menial tasks around Miyagi’s home. He is told to sand the floor, paint the fence, and wax the car. Why? This question hounds Daniel and the audience. Time is of the essence and this old man has our hero doing stupid odd jobs! The reason, we discover, is that Daniel must grow first in the virtues of humility and discipline in order to handle strength with honor. Continue Reading…
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I know a woman in her seventies who has worked for years as a rectory cook. This woman, Maria, is a fabulous cook. But this is not what I admire most about her. You see, Maria, became a single mom when her children were very young. Her husband ran off with a younger women leaving his wife and offspring alone. Like so many single moms, Maria picked up the pieces of the family’s shattered dreams and did her best to raise the children. Years later in a strange twist of irony, her husband contracted cancer and his younger partner walked out on him. As the cancer grew worse, it became clear that the man was not going to live long. In an act of love beyond all reasoning, Maria took this broken man back into her house and cared for him until his last breath.
Now this is a true story of heroic love. It should be held up as a tangible sign of the graces which flow from the Sacrament of Marriage. Yet, we must realize that this is a particular case. It is not always possible or prudent to welcome your civilly divorced spouse back into your home. In Maria’s case, it was the loving thing to do. This women took seriously her vows even to the point of heroism! Continue Reading…
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