The Brick

(A Parishioner sent me this little story. I’m passing it on here. I think you might find it inspiring and insightful.)

A young and successful

executive was traveling down a neighbourhood street,

going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.

He was watching for kids darting out from

between parked cars and slowed down

when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed, no children appeared.

Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door!


He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to

the spot where the brick had been thrown.The angry driver then jumped out of the

car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up

against a parked car shouting:

“What was that all about and who are you?

Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car

and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money.

Why did you do it?”


The young boy was apologetic

“Please, mister….please, I’m sorry but I didn’t

know what else to do,” He pleaded. “I threw the

brick because no one else would stop…”

With tears dripping down his face and off his chin,

the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car.

“It’s my brother,” he said “He rolled off the curb and

fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”

Now sobbing, the boy asked the

stunned executive, “Would you please help

me get him back into his wheelchair?

He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow

the rapidly swelling lump in his throat.

He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into

the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief

and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts.

A quick look told him everything

was going to be okay. “Thank you and may God bless

you,” the grateful child told the stranger.


Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy

push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar.

The damage was very noticeable, but the driver

never bothered to repair the dented side door.

He kept the dent there to

remind him of this message: “Don’t go through life

so fast…… that someone has to throw a brick at you to

get your attention!”

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