Nothing Matters

If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool, so as to become wise. (1 Cor 3:18-23)


Before Herman became a superhero of the faith, he had thought of himself as a nothing. Nothing that Herman did ever really seemed to matter.

That all seemed to change the day Herman realized nothing was really important. In part, he learned this lesson from St. Therese de Lisieux. All the things of the world come together each day to make the world what it is, St. Therese taught. If any one of those little things were missing, the world would probably still exist, but it would be a very different world.

Herman had always been important, he realized. It’s just that the true nature of his importance was known only to a God.


Simon Peter and his two fishing partners, James and John, had been fishing unsuccessfully. Their day’s fishing amounted to nothing. At least, not until Jesus came along.

Jesus told them to put out their nets once again, and they did. That’s when they had a huge catch that nearly sunk the boat. It was also when Simon Peter first realized his insignificance. He was nothing — a nobody — compared to this God-man Jesus.

Unbeknownst to Peter, however, his greatness was planted on that day in the great sea of the understanding of nothingness. He would soon learn that “a nothing” in the hands of Jesus can change the world forever.


Many of you know that Herman Nootks went on to become a great superhero of the faith. He solved many difficult mysteries and brought honor and glory to God. If you did not know that, you will have to read some of the flash fiction written about this little, orange Cathedral mouse.

It is highly unlikely that Herman would ever have become anything but an obscure rodent had he not first encountered his own nothingness. Greatness is discovered in nothingness. That’s the lesson that transformed Herman into a superhero of the faith. It can change your life too!


That’s our story today, and we’re sticking to it! It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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