Untitled 1Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), an American theologian, professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years.
Sometimes our lives can be quite serious, confronting ponderous pressures, and dealing with difficult choices concerning relationship, financial or family concerns.

Over many years, Reinhold Niebuhr’s famous “Serenity Prayer” has given many people much solace and wisdom. He writes:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

But he also adds the following suggestions to attain true serenity:

“Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as (the good Lord) did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that (God) will make all things right if I surrender to (God’s) will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with God forever in the next.”

How right he is! In these past few years of political primaries and our more recent adjustments in President Trump’s early days as President, so many changes and disparate opinions about them have shaken the lives of many of our citizenry.

But, as the famous McDonald’s add reminds us: “You deserve a break today.”

Often enough we need an uplifting moment to our perhaps very challenging day. Here are some third grade brain-teasers, mentioned on television during a recent Ellen Degeneres Show, to give you a pleasant break from your day-to-day concerns.

Take the time to answer or even discuss the answer to these fairly basic questions. The answers are at the end of this article, printed upside down. And, no fare, don’t peek!

  1. What has a spine but no bones?
  2. What invention makes it possible to see through walls?
  3. The actor, George Clooney, was blindfolded and jumped off a 40-foot ladder but didn’t get hurt at all! How?
  4. A blind mechanic has a brother who has a sister but the blind mechanic doesn’t have a sister. How?
  5. A girl who was learning to drive went the wrong way down a one-way street but she didn’t break the law. How?
  6. Two mothers and two daughters came to the Ellen Show. They each had one ticket but in total they only had three tickets. How is that possible?
  7. A man is pushing his car. When he comes to a hotel, he shouts, “I’m bankrupt.” Why?
  8. Without looking back, what was the first question?

Untitled 217th-century depiction of the Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaija; photo: Urek Meniashvili
Enjoy your days by concentrating for a few moments on the simple, central things in life, noticing each and every expression of love or kindness for you during that day and the marvelous opportunities for you to love others in return. And, as they say, that’s the way God wants it!

Now look at the answers to the simple questions above to see if you really are as smart as a third-grader.

  1. A book
  2. A window
  3. He only jumped from the bottom rung.
  4. The mechanic is a woman.
  5. She was walking.
  6. They were grandmother, mother and daughter.
  7. He’s playing the board game, Monopoly.
  8. What has a spine but no bones?

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Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.

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