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...]

Old Monk on Monks


Visitor to the monastery: What is the most difficult thing about monastic life? Old Monk: Other monks. Visitor: Why are they so difficult? Old Monk: Because they are like me. [Read more...]

The Vicar on the New ABC


Guest blogger, The Rev’d Humphrey Blytherington is Vicar of St Hilda’s, Little Snoring with All Saints, Great Snoring. He is a graduate of Plymouth University. He completed his studies for the ministry at Latimer Hall, Durham. He is married to Daphne and enjoys home brewing, model railroading and is an avid member of the Great [Read More...]