St. Joseph Province

Missionaries Of Compassion

“Do as I have done” Jn 13,15


In an old monastery near Babenhausen, Germany, one may see two pairs of deer antlers permanently interlocked. They were found in that position many years ago. Apparently the animals had been fighting fiercely, and their horns became so tangled that they could not be disengaged. As a result, both deer perished from hunger. Seeing them, someone commented, “I would like to carry those horns into every home and school as a warning against fighting to the last ditch to have your own way. I would also bring them into every church so that their silent message might sink deep into the hearts of those who seem to delight in ‘locking horns’ with others at the least provocation. ”                            

– Henry Bosch 

I remember seeing once a video clip of a similar incident. Luckily for them someone sedated both the animals and had the antlers sawn of to liberate them.  Due to this bellicose nature of man, how many lives are lost, how many innocent women and children are rendered widows and orphans; how many families are reduced to ruin on account of unrelenting legal battles?

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