Posts Tagged ‘Good’

The Devil and Miss Prym

July 4, 2011
The Devil and Miss Prym

The Devil and Miss Prym

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, ‘Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is God. — Luke 18:18-19

Even God has a hell: His love of mankind. — Nietzche

For almost fifteen years, old Berta had spent everyday sitting on her doorstep watching the world go by. No one takes much notice as that is what old people do, after all they have little else to do.

Old Berta has her reason, and one day her reason is fulfilled, a stranger walks into the village with a devil at his side.

Dark is the absence of light. Evil the absence of good.

We all have free will. Why do some choose the path of evil?

There are those who choose the path of good as they have heard it is a guaranteed one-way ticket into heaven. But should we not do good for its own sake?

Many keep to the path of good because of fear. Fear of being caught, fear of punishment, fear of what people will say or think.

Why does a just God, a loving God, allow so much suffering in the world?

The stranger wants to put all this to the test. Will the honest, law-abiding, God-fearing villagers of Viscos break one of the Ten Commandments, namely thou shalt not kill, if the reward is high enough? He offers ten bars of gold.

The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho is a battle between good and evil. It is the third book in the And on the Seventh Day trilogy, all the action takes place within seven days. The first two: Veronika Decides to Die and By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept.

The Shack
Suffering
Love Wins

An atom’s weight of good

March 31, 2011
atom

atom

(On the Day of Judgment) all humankind will issue forth in scattered groups to be shown their (past) deeds. Then whoever has done an atom’s weight of good shall see it, and whoever has done an atom’s weight of evil shall (also) see it. — The Holy Quran, 99:6-8

At his press conference to mark St Joseph’s Day and to explain why he was hosting a party with friends that evening, Paulo Coelho said the question God would ask would not be of our sin but of our love. He also quoted from the Quran.

Footprints in the Sand

February 24, 2011
footprints in the sand

footprints in the sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,

“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

— Mary Stevenson, 1936

‘Footprints in the Sand’ has been seen in print by people the world over since the late 1940s. All that time no author has been credited with this immortal work, only ‘Author Anonymous’ has appeared at the bottom.

For many years handwritten copies were distributed by Mary to those who needed something to give them comfort at a low point in their lives. It was sometime after this that friends of Mary saw it in print and wondered why she wasn’t given credit for writing it. An attorney at that time told her that it would be very hard to prove her the author since it had been used by many publishers of religious materials and greeting cards. Mary wrote ‘Footprints’ in 1936 when she was very young and knew nothing of copyrighting. Discouraged she didn’t pursue it any further.

In 1984 while cleaning out the garage to prepare to move from her house, in a small suitcase, among her other poems, she rediscovered a very old handwritten copy that she thought was lost. It was one of the copies Mary had made and dated 1939, just three years after she wrote the original. Later that year the U.S. copyright office awarded her a copyright for ‘Footprints in the Sand’ 48 years after it was written. It was another 11 years before her handwritten copy was authenticated by a forensic specialist as to its age. Margaret Fishback-Powers and many others have tried to falsely claim authorship, but none can show significant proof such as this.

Many people misunderstand ‘Footprints in the Sand’. They think when the see only one set of footprints in the sand, God has abandoned them during their time of suffering, whereas God is carrying them during their hour of need.

The One Big Question
What’s So Amazing About Grace
The Alchemist
By the River Piedra I sat Down
I have no idea where I am going


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