Fr. Dave's Take on It... 12/30/18:

 

SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"

DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"

SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"

DAD: "That's really none of your business. Why do you ask?"

SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"

DAD: "If you must know, I make $100 an hour."

SON: "Oh. (with his head down).

SON: "Daddy, can I please borrow $50?"

DAD: "REALLY?!  If you're asking to borrow money for some silly toy or game, you can just march yourself straight to your room to think about why you're being so selfish.  I work hard every day to provide for this family, and this is the thanks I get?"

The little boy went quietly to his room and shut the door.

The dad sat down and started getting even angrier about his son's questions. "How dare he ask question like that just to get some money?" he stewed.

After an hour, the dad calmed down, and started to think:  "Maybe there was something he really needed the $50 for?  He doesn't ask for money often..." 

So, the dad went to his son's door and opened it.

DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"

SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".

DAD: "I've been thinking, and maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $50 you asked for."

The little boy sat straight up, smiling.

SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"

Then, reaching under his pillow, the boy pulled out some crumpled-up dollar bills.  When the dad saw the boy already had money, he started getting angry again as the little boy slowly counted out his money and looked up at his father.

DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?"

SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do.   Daddy, I have $100 now.  Can I buy an hour of your time?  Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."

Not a funny story this week, but one I thought was appropriate for Holy Family Sunday. May we spend quality time together, be honest and open with each other, and be there with our support and love at all times and in every circumstance.

In that light, I will be going on a 10-day retreat (January 7-18) at a retreat center near Detroit.  It is designed to facilitate self-awareness through a variety of opportunities for growth. Each of us will have a personal spiritual director/counselor to examine eating habits, drinking habits, how one copes with stress, and a daily exercise class. As I approach retirement, it is a good time for me to get in touch with the “real me,” so that I can move forward as the best possible person I can be. The bishop and I have talked this over and I appreciate his support as I embark on this journey. Please pray for me as I will keep you in prayer as well. Knowing me as you do, you will hear all about it when I return.

New Year’s blessings,

 

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