The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

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A Lesson In Living.

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A rich investment banker stood on the pier of a small Mexican village, when a fishing boat came in with just one fisherman in it and inside the boat were several large tuna fish. The banker complimented the fisherman on his catch and then asked him why he didn't stay out fishing longer and catch more fish. The Mexican replied, "With this catch, I have enough to support my family's needs." The banker asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time." The fisherman replied, "Most days I sleep late, fish a little, play with my two children, then stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and have a good laugh with my friends, it's a wonderful life style.

The banker said, "You should spend more time fishing, then buy a bigger boat, then you could buy more boats, then, if you worked really hard you could have a while fleet of boats in 15 or 20 years' time and you could retire a rich man." "But what would I do then," asked the fisherman. The banker laughed and replied, "But that's the best bit, when you want to retire, you sell your fishing fleet for millions, move into a small fishing village, then you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your children and stroll into the village each evening and enjoy a glass or two of wine with all the new friends you would make, now that you are rich."

Like all rich people, this man equates happiness and quality of life with wealth.

A rich young man once told Jesus that he was a God fearing man who always followed the moral law and teaching of his Jewish faith and he was not a sinner like some folk he knew.

Jesus told him, "You still lack one important thing in your life: Go, sell all that you have and give it to the poor and needy and then you will have treasure in heaven: Then come and follow me."

"True happiness is when you have a place to live and someone who loves you, for then you are truly blessed."

Published Sat 19th May 2018 07:13:55
Last Modified on Sat 19th May 2018 07:15:49

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