December 2, 2015
Prayer by Ally ’16
Alexander Papaderos was six years old when German troops invaded and destroyed his home during WWII. He was placed in a concentration camp. During the war, he found the fragments of a mirror from one of the German soldier’s crashed motorcycles. He tried to put the pieces back together, but couldn’t. Instead he took one piece and scratched it on a rock until it became circular and smooth.
After the war ended, he founded an institute to help people let go of the hatred the war had brought. One day, during a speech, he was asked, “What is the meaning of life?”
As he pulled out a circular mirror, this was his response:
“I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have I can reflect light into the dark places of this world and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life.”
Remind us that we are each a mirror. Others see themselves in us, and what we choose to reflect will impact them. Help us to shine our light into the dark places, providing guidance and understanding to each other. Let us realize that although we may not know what our larger design and shape is, we all have a purpose. We can be a role model for others, and show them how to shine their own light.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom.
Pray for Us.