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“O buona Ventura!- O good fortune!” Happy feast to all.

BONAVENTURES (GOOD FORTUNES) out there! A woman wearing a long face of sorrow, pain, distress and worry walked into my office on Monday & narrated HOW LIFE HAS BEEN UNFAIR TO HER & HOW HER N100,000 (which she had borrowed for her business was stolen). She obviously saw nothing to live for in life again. In counseling her, I began wit this dictum: WHEN THERE IS LIFE, THERE IS HOPE!

Then I shared this story with her: “One day, a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was too old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel DIRT into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then to everyone’s amazement, the donkey quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would SHAKE IT OFF AND TAKE A STEP UP. As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily ran off.

MORAL LESSON: LIFE is going to SHOVEL DIRT ON YOU, ALL KINDS OF DIRT (sickness, poverty, unemployment, failures, disappointment, etc). The trick to getting out of the WELL OF WAHALA, TROUBLES, SORROWS IS TO SHAKE IT OFF AND TAKE A STEP UP.

Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by NOT STOPPING, NEVER GIVING UP! SHAKE IT OFF & TAKE A STEP UP.

Brethren, the mother of Bonaventure shook off the dirt and took a step up. Her son BONAVENTURE had a very DANGEROUS ILLNESS, she almost lost hope of him surviving. But when she SHOOK OFF THE FEAR & SORROW AND TOOK A STEP UP BY VISITING ST. FRANCIS TO PRAY FOR THW RECOVERY OF HER SON, GOD WORKED WONDERS.

Bonaventure became a great Theologian & Philosopher whose source of great learning and success was from the CRUCIFIX.

Beloved in Christ, do you believe there is power in the Crucifix? Do you have it hanging at the entrance of your homes, offices, shops, etc? If No, try to get at least one. If Yes, look unto Jesus there and derive your FORTUNES.

Good morning!


About the Author: Rev. Fr. Francis Onugha is the Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lasokun, Apata, Ibadan in Nigeria. He is an avid preacher who passes God’s messages across with practical examples we see in our daily lives. He writes his Daily Chewing Sticks to spread God’s word electronically to all.


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