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The Disabled Fox


A man walking through the forest saw a fox that had lost its legs and wondered how it lived.  Then he saw a tiger come in with game in its mouth. The tiger had its fill and left the rest of the meat for the fox.


The next day God fed the fox by means of the same tiger. The man began to wonder at God’s greatness and said to himself, “I too shall just rest in a corner with full trust in the Lord and he will provide me with all I need.”


He did this for many days but nothing happened, and he was almost at death’s door when he heard a voice say, “O you who are in the path of error, open your eyes to the truth! Follow the example of the tiger and stop imitating the disabled fox.”


On the street I saw a naked child, hungry and shivering in the cold.  I became angry and said to God, “Why do you permit this? Why don’t you do something?”


For a while God said nothing. That night he replied, quite suddenly,


“I certainly did something. I made you.”




An excerpt taken from the book The Song of the Bird by Anthony de Mello



This tiger instinctively recognized the genuine need of this disabled fox and shared his bounty so that the fox might survive.  The man failed to see the genuine need of the fox and did not use the gifts and abilities he possessed to feed himself and share with others in need.


I know individuals who remind me of the tiger.  Some of them work alongside me.  Some serve on our Board and on our Human Rights Committee.  Some are colleagues and friends. 


I also know people who are genuinely in need like the fox in this story.  Amazingly, they often act like the tiger and share what they have with others.   I have had over thirty years here at RSS and marvel at the spirit and wisdom of these very wonderful people.  Through the support they receive and the money they earn they live. ..they LIVE!!   


We all have the call to do something.  It is why we were made.

Today I will be like the Tiger.




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