Old Monk on Death

Keep Death Daily Before Your Eyes [Read more...]

Powerful St Patrick

Powerful St Patrick

Some time ago I had a dream in which I saw a young boy swimming in a river. As he was swimming happily downstream I saw that around the bend was a large crocodile. I watched in terror as the boy swept past the crocodile and the beast slipped out from the undergrowth where he [Read More...]

Old Monk on Madness


The time is coming when men will go mad, a time when if they will see someone who is not mad they will attack him saying, “You are mad because you are not like us!” [Read more...]

Old Monk on Observation


Stop. Look. Listen. Take time to observe the world, others and yourself. This requires you to be alert and silent. [Read more...]

The Pope and the the Elusive Bird Poverty

Francis on the Bus with his Buds

Emily Dickinson defined Hope as “the thing with feathers that perches on the soul.” Genuine humility and ¬†simplicity of life would be a more elusive bird–not perching on the soul for long. What got me thinking about this was a comment from a reader who was somewhat non-impressed with Pope Francis. He said if Pope [Read More...]

Old Monk on Love of God


Novice: Should I love God or fear God?  Old Monk: You should fear the Love of God. [Read more...]