Something to think about when we think about what’s important at our Catholic high school…
There was an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word "Works," or in the case of our school could just as easily be painted with the word “Academics” or “Arts” or “Athletics.” On the other oar was painted the word "Faith." Curiosity led the passenger to ask the meaning of this.
The old man replied, "I will show you," dropping one oar, rowing only with the oar named "Works." Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up "Faith" and dropping "Works." And the little rowboat went around in circles again… this time in the opposite direction.
After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars "Faith" and "Works," and rowing with both oars together swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, "You see, that is the way it is in life, and her at Marist, as well as in rowing a boat. You’ve got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you’ll just go in circles."
This Monday Minute is from Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to Everything Glorious by the David Crowder Band. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlHqG00xCLA