Once, e a group of fifty people was attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and started giving each person a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room. Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written within five minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, pushing, colliding with each other, and there was utter chaos. At the end of five minutes, no one could find their own balloon. Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began: This is exactly happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is. Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life.
“With eyes fixed on Jesus Crucified and Risen We Strive to Build a World of Love and Peace” – we are constantly reminded of our mission as UMIs following the Charism and teachings of Bl. Brigida Morello interpreted in today’s context. A careful analysis of her life story gives us a trace of how she built a happy world of love and peace around her from the overflow of her deep God experience manifested through her humble dedicated service – a love offering for others and God. Now is the appropriate time to delve deeply into the inner world of ours to find the indwelling presence of the Trinity, to get soaked into God’s ocean of love, to merge out to share that abundant love from the overflow of our hearts. True mission originates here from the source – by being truly happy and contributing to the happiness of others, by becoming the channels of God’s love and peace in the little ways we can. God doesn’t ask greater things from us beyond our limits. All He wants is to remain open to Him, to listen to His soft whispering in our hearts and to become the messengers of love, rekindling rays of hope in the hearts of many.
Let us try to make at least one person happy every day. If we cannot do a kind deed, try to speak a kind word. If we cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Tremendous will be the happiness we would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime.
Sr. Daisy George