DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     April 14, 1999     vol. 10, no. 73


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      Today we bring you two vignettes that should make you think. The first we challenge your political correctness and how far that will take you. It was submitted by GS via e-mail and is called: Be careful who and how you judge. The second comes from NH and is a poignant piece that will buoy all our spirits for it is a story that will flood the depths of our hearts and wills and nourish our resolve. It is called Cracked up to be the best it can be: the Crack Pot! Enjoy.

    Be careful who and how you judge

           The presidential candidates for 2000 are starting to make some noise in the preliminary phase of election 2000 and with all this political correctness now days, we present three leaders who have led. What candidate's qualities would you most like to see in a leader. Who would you trust to be the most qualified? This little quiz might astound you so be careful in your choice. The answers are at the bottom of the page after the second appeteaser.

    First candidate:

    • Association with ward healers and consultation with astrologists.

    • Two mistresses.

    • Chain smoker and imbiber of 8 to 10 martinis a day.

    Second candidate:

    • Kicked out of office twice.

    • A late sleeper - until noon most days.

    • Opium user in college.
    • Known to drink a quart of brandy every evening.

    Third candidate:

    • Seminarian in preparation for the priesthood

    • Decorated war hero.

    • A vegetarian

    • Non-smoker

    • Only an occasional beer

    • No known illicit affairs.

    Based on this information, which of these candidates would you choose? The answers are at the bottom of this page.

Cracked up to be the best it can be: the Crack Pot!

          A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the masters house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his masters house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

          "Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"

          "I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your masters house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said. The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the Masters house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."

          Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful roses on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the Pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.

          The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice the profusion of flowers all along your side of the path. Did you notice that the flowers were only on your side of the path, but not on the other pots side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my masters table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

          Each of us has our own unique flaws. We are all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Fathers table. In Gods great economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of beauty. Know that in our weakness we find our strength.


      First Candidate: Franklin D. Roosevelt

      Second Candidate: Winston Churchill

      Third Candidate: Adolph Hitler

April 14, 1999       volume 10, no. 73


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