Dear Parents / Guardians and my dear students,
There is a beautiful parable about two babies in a mother’s womb told by Dr Wayne Dyer, an American philosopher, a self-help author, and a motivational speaker. One baby asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has got to be something after delivery. May be we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?” The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. May be we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.” The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.” The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.” “Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists, then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.” My dear young friends, like the two babies in the womb of their mother all of us are in this world which is like the womb of God. We may be tempted to think like the two little ones that all reality is only in this world; that we have to strive to make it in this world without a thought about what is outside the womb -this world; without a thought about the Mother carrying the two babies, that is about God in whom we live, move and have our being. So, as you study to make it big in this world, do not forget that we have to be born one day into a bigger reality totally different and absolutely delightful. To remind us of that heaven, keep God always in mind, and sometimes try in the silence of your heart to listen to his guiding and loving voice. He loves you!
Fr C M Joseph