Daily Reflection with Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes

Dear Friends: Praying is not easy. Our daily routine calls for our full attention. And the world around us puts little value on prayer; our lives are full of material things but at the same time are getting emptier in God’s value.

For this reason, I will post a daily reflection and as you visit this site may the Holy Spirit within you come to your aid and guide you gently to the God who loves you

Monday, January 2, 2017


There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.
His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that 
every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail
into the back of the fence.
The first day,the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. 
Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, 
the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down.
He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. 
Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.
He told his father about it and the father suggested that 
the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he
was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able
to tell his father that all the nails were gone.
The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. 
He said, 'You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. 
The fence will
never be the same.  
When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.  
You can put a knife in a man and draw it out... but It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be there.
A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.
Remember that friends are very rare jewels indeed.
They make you smile and encourage you to succeed; 
They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open
their hearts to us.
Please forgive
me if I have ever left a 'hole' in your fence.

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