Joee Monk

Jaunty London blogger, Joee Blogs has a sweet post about a retreat to Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland. Nice pictures and an encouraging report that Pluscarden is full.

I was at Quarr Abbey once on retreat and a seventeen year old kid was standing outside the church looking sullen. I engaged him in conversation and asked what he was doing there. He said, ‘Cause this is where the power is isn’t it?’ and then sloped into the church and knelt down.

I was an Anglican at the time and felt humbled by the Catholic kid’s repsonse. I felt kind of dumb; like the well meaning lady who asked the bank robber why he robbed banks…the reply, ‘Cause that’s where the money is.’

  • Jeffrey Smith

    The kid’s answer has more layers than an onion. Think of one meaning and you find another underneath. Finally, after all the snotty meanings and whiny meanings and resentful meanings you stop and think…”this is where the power is, isn’t it? The power of love and forgiveness and beauty and joy. The power of God.

  • Joee Blogs

    I had to look up the word jaunty! Here’s what it means, with my new brogues I think meaning 1 could apply as much as meaning 2 :DThe adjective jaunty has 2 meanings:Meaning #1: marked by smartness in dress and manners Synonyms: dapper, dashing, natty, raffish, rakish, smart, spiffy, snappy, spruceMeaning #2: having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air Synonyms: chipper, debonair, debonaire

  • Argent

    Father,I had to laugh at Joee’s comment about the brother “hoovering” the mess. Do you find yourself doing a “doubletake” with idiomatic expressions…now that you’ve returned and, well, we say some things that are right strange. ;)

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Yes. I get stuck using ‘rota’ all the time, and the Americans don’t know what that is. They use the word ‘schedule’. ‘Hoovering’ is another problem word. I still use ‘hoover’ and people here think I’m referring to a former American president…

  • Joee Blogs

    What’s wrong with hoover? What do you say? LOL “Vaccuumise”?

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    ‘to vacuum’ is the verb.nuther detail. Here its not ‘cello tape’ but ‘scotch tape’

  • David Palmer

    My American friends always find my references to the “Bonnet” of the car amusing. And (back in my smoking days) the suggestion that I was nipping out for a “fag” caused looks of serious shock.But then I found the term “fanny bag” quite shocking, and the idea of someone going out with nothing but their “pants” on, mildly amusing…

  • Joee Blogs

    LOL! thanks for the clarification, I’m going to carry on speaking the Queen’s Anglish though!