How great are the stories?

Please just LISTEN to the video as you slowly READ, REREAD and PONDER the text below. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

The most powerful and influential position in any society is that of the storyteller. Storytellers are not just the mythical cultural icons who dress up on Thursday afternoons and read stories to your children in local libraries and bookstores.

Musicians are storytellers; politicians are storytellers. Screenplay writers and business leaders are storytellers. Teachers, preachers, nurses, lawyers, priests, scientists, salespeople, artists, mothers, fathers, poets, philosophers, brothers, sisters, babysitters, grandparents … we are all storytellers.

The future belongs to the storytellers and it belongs to us. What will it be like? Well, that depends very much on the stories we tell, the stories we listen to and the stories we live.

Stories have a remarkable ability to cut through the clutter and confusion and bring to our hearts and minds. Stories remind us of our hopes, values, and dreams. They sneak beyond the barriers of our prejudices to soften our hearts to receive the truth.

Great periods in history emerge when great stories are told and lived. Stories are history that form the future; they are prophecies set in the past.

Never underestimate the importance of stories. They play a crucial role in the life of a person and in the life of a society. They are as essential as the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Stories captivate our imaginations, enchant our minds, and empower our spirits. They introduce us to who we are and who we are capable of being.

Stories change our lives.

If you wish to poison a nation, poison the stories that nation listens to. If you wish to win people over to your team or to your point of view, do not go to war or argue with them — tell them a story.


Text from Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly, page 136.


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17 responses to “How great are the stories?

  1. This is so true. I’m thinking right now about the stories we grew up with…George Washington never told a lie…Robin Hood robbed from the rich to feed poor (sort of)…even modern movies, like 300 that are so powerful and moving. Stories about good triumphing over evil. Even the stories of the bible help bring life to our faith. I actually have that book (got it from my church) but haven’t read it yet. It’s in my stack on my nightstand, slowly making it’s way to the top.
    I’m thinking about all of the things we do to bring about change and make our lives better and while the experiences are important, it’s the stories that will live on long afterward if we can find the right way to share them. I need to go share this post with a friend who needs to read it.


    • Rose, That book seems to have been written with a cup of coffee in mind. It’s broken into chapters, but within the chapters, it’s broken into smaller sections that I swear are one cuppa long.

      I put it into my morning spiritual reading slot to have with my first cup of the day. I like how it gives me something to ponder all day long. Today’s thought is about how we in free countries are challenged not to die for our faith, but to LIVE for it. How often we wimp out on that for fear someone might unlike us.


  2. Thanks to whoever added ratings thumbs to comments for us!!


  3. GP

    I am liking the thumbs too!