before I go (1)

Peter Kreeft wrote a book called Before I Go, Letters to Our Children About What Really Matters.  Any of you who have read him are probably as impressed as I am with the scope of his topic matter as well as the excellence of his writing.  This book was written specifically for his own children.  I would love to share some of his shorter entries with you over the next couple of days.  I’ll start with #140 and #141:

140. Pages Stuck Together

These two pages of my little notebook stuck together, so I can’t write on them.  Everything happens for a reason.  Sometimes the reason is to remind us that we don’t know the reason.

141. How Communion Works

In it God says to you: Put the lips of your faith to my heart and drink my blood.  It alone will save your life.  I give my life for yours in this holy exchange, this holy communion.  I suck the sin, the poison, out of your heart, if you let me.  Open your heart to my lips and I will do it.  And open your lips to my heart and I will give you a blood transfusion.

Okay, just one more:

124. Surfing Wisdom

Life is made of waves.  (Everything is.)  It comes in crests and troughs.  It’s easy to ride the crests; the real test is the troughs.  Expect them.  Ride them out.  That’s part of our job description.  Imagine a fire fighter who was surprised, angry, and resentful every time the fire alarm bell rings.

To be continued . . .

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