One day a hare made fun of the short legs and slow walking of a tortoise. But she, laughing, replied: "You may be as fast as the wind, but I would beat you in a competition."

And the hare, totally sure that this was impossible, accepted the challenge, and they proposed to the fox to point out the way and the goal.

On race day, they both started at the same time. The turtle never stopped walking and at its slow but steady pace, it advanced calmly towards the goal. On the other hand, the hare, which from time to time lay down to rest on the road, fell asleep.

When he woke up, and moving as fast as he could, he saw how the turtle had reached the end first and obtained the victory.

With security, perseverance and patience, even if we seem slow at times, we will always be successful.

Aesop's Fable


Today I share with you what is probably one of the two or three fables of Aesop best known worldwide. And the reason for its popularity lies precisely in the depth and yet simplicity of its message: perseverance can outpace even innate ability.

Many are those who defeat themselves even before starting the race just because they give much more importance to the magnitude of the obstacles and adverse circumstances. Yes, maybe those can slow our progress a bit, but they can never stop it if we decide to persevere!

We may feel like the tortoise competing against the hares of circumstance, but let's hold on and trust the Lord to continue to hold us while we insist… victory is assured! Go ahead and may the Lord bless you.

Raul Irigoyen

The Chaplain's Thought