Old Monk on Sanctity

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Do you want to be a saint, or do you just want to be happy? [Read more...]

To See Clearly Close Your Eyes

Old Woman Praying

What I mean is, pray more. These are the things that blind us: egotism. I’m blind about myself. I think I’m delightful. There’s nothing wrong with me. It’s everybody else’s fault. I’m fine. It’s a conspiracy theory. Close your eyes in prayer to see yourself more clearly. Money. When I worry about money I can’t [Read More...]

On Morality and Martyrdom

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A debate has been cooking amongst various bloggers who are atheists about whether there is such a thing as objective morality. I was interested in the observations that animals behave in a ‘moral’ way–elephants grieve their dead herd members, dogs stand loyally beside the grave of their dead master, monkeys share and gorillas are tender [Read More...]

Lions, Little Children and Tiber Swims

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Did you know that Ignatius of Antioch was not only appointed to the see of Antioch by Peter himself, but tradition has it that he was one of the children that the Lord took up in his arms and blessed? Ignatius of Antioch was martyred in the Roman Coliseum  by being devoured by beasts. On [Read More...]

Be Self Centered –It’s Good for You

There. That headline got your attention didn’t it? As usual, I’m trying to stand things on their head. This is what I mean: Be self centered. Look after the good of your own soul first and foremost. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. There are several advantages to this. First, it will [Read More...]

Your Money or Your Life — On Camels and Needles

You keep your needles away from me!

Here’s an excerpt from today’s gospel, and there is something there I had never noticed before: The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the [Read More...]


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