IAUSA Irish Apostolate

An Immigrant's Musings - June 2015




Over the years I have been asked on many occasions, what's your favorite quotes from the Bible. So, this month I've decided since there is no real action evident on the immigration to offer some of my favorite lines from the good book.


1. "God is love." 1 John 4:8

This is one of the best known Bible quotes and also one of the best loved. When one thinks of the Bible one is naturally drawn to the source of its wisdom - God. This is a summary of the theology of the Apostle John and indeed also a very succinct summing up of the message at the heart of the Good News. This is very important for a believer, because, the image of God that one possesses is so important to one's faith. That image is also the foundation on which we build our whole way of life and how we live it. To know and understand that our God is Love and to live from the comfort of knowing that no matter what happens to us in life, that God's love never fails us is truly Good News. This is also a reminder to us of another Bible verse: "Alive or dead we belong to the Lord." Romans 14:8


2. "God does not see as we see, people look at appearances, the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

One of the constant faults we experience as humans is the temptation to "take the book by the cover." This verse from the Old Testament is a reminder to us that only God has the right to judge another person. We are fallible and often make mistakes in our judgments and assumptions. God alone sees the whole picture and in the God of Jesus, to quote another favorite verse from St. Paul: "there is no condemnation." Romans 8:1 If God does not condemn us, we have no right to condemn another, what we are called to do is to forgive as we are forgiven.





The Dark Candle


A man had a little daughter, an only and much beloved child. He lived only for her, she was his life. So when she became ill and her illness resisted the efforts of the best obtainable physicians, he became like a man possessed, moving heaven and earth to bring about her restoration to health.


His best efforts proved fruitless, however, and the child died. The father was totally irreconcilable. He became a bitter recluse, shutting himself away from his many friends, refusing every activity that might restore his poise and bring him back to his normal self.


Then one night he had a dream. He was in heaven and witnessing a grand pageant of all the little child angels. They were marching in an apparently endless line past the Great White Throne. Every white-robed, angelic tot carried a candle. He noticed, however, that one child's candle was not lit. Then he saw that the child with the dark candle was his own little girl. Rushing towards her, while the pageant faltered, he seized her in his arms, caressed her tenderly, and asked, "How is that your candle is the only one not lit?" "Father, they often relight it, but your tears always put it out again," she said.


Just then he awoke from his dream. The lesson was crystal clear, and its effects were immediate. From that hour on he was no longer a recluse, but mingled freely and cheerfully with his former friends and associates. No longer would his little darling's candle be extinguished by his useless tears.


Author Unknown





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