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Lamplighter - Fr. Aran

posted Feb 25, 2016, 12:33 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated May 5, 2017, 10:40 AM ]
Hello friends . . . grace and peace,

Below is a brilliant piece of writing by an author many - if not all of you - know of. In fact, I'd be shocked if there was even ONE of you who hadn't ever read at least ONE of his books. I am talking, of course, about Theodor Geisel.
What do you mean you've never heard of him?  Ah, well, perhaps you know him by his penname: "Dr. Seuss". :-)
Every now and then you run across a piece of writing that changes you, alters the way you think, or even behave. I invite you to read the following short story and have the following scripture in mind: “Pride goes 
before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)

Please read, pray, read again, and spend time in prayer.

Fr. Aran +

The Zax
by Dr. Seuss
One day, making tracks
In the prairie of Prax,
Came a North-Going Zax
And a South-Going Zax.
And it happened that both of them came to a place
Where they bumped. There they stood.
Foot to foot. Face to face.
"Look here, now!" the North-Going Zax said, "I say!
You are blocking my path. You are right in my way.
I'm a North-Going Zax and I always go north.
Get out of my way, now, and let me go forth!"
"Who's in whose way?" snapped the South-Going Zax.
"I always go south, making south-going tracks.
So you're in MY way! And I ask you to move
And let me go south in my south-going groove."
Then the North-Going Zax puffed his chest up with pride.
"I never," he said, "take a step to one side.
And I'll prove to you that I won't change my ways
If I have to keep standing here fifty-nine days!"
"And I'll prove to YOU," yelled the South-Going Zax,
"That I can stand here in the prairie of Prax
For fifty-nine years! For I live by a rule
That I learned as a boy back in South-Going School.
Never budge! That's my rule. Never budge in the least!
Not an inch to the west! Not an inch to the east!
I'll stay here, not budging! I can and I will
If it makes you and me and the whole world stand still!"
Of course the world didn't stand still. The world grew.
In a couple of years, the new highway came through
And they built it right over those two 
stubborn Zax
And left them there, standing un-budged in their tracks.