Too Much Haste!
One day as they all sat around the table,
the Rabbi asked of his disciples, "Where
does God live?" The disciples were surprised
at their master because the answer was so
evident; everyone knows that God is everywhere!
But they knew the Rabbi had some kind of
a puzzling answer and so nobody said anything.
And sure enough, the Rabbi seemed to be talking
to himself as he mumbled, "Where does
God live? God lives wherever we let Him enter."
We live in a mad world. We keep running
and around in circles. We do not seem
know how to stop this absurd race against
time. Everyone is busy, everyone grumbles
that they do not have enough time to
Work, school, jogging, workshops, housework,
television, church, homework, laundry,
kids, meetings... Burnt out!
I was watching recently this group
talking on television about their experience
on an expedition in the forests of
They took a group of natives with them
carry their luggage - clothes, food,
scientific equipment. For the first
all went well. They were moving quickly
were happy that their plans were running
on schedule. Suddenly, however, the
put down the loads they were carrying
their heads, sat down, and would not
The scientists could not understand
behavior. They natives refused to speak.
They tried to reason things out, they
them more money, they threatened them,
even tried to move them forcibly. All
in vain. The natives remained seated
silent. Two days later, however, without
a cue, they got up, lifted their loads,
began the journey again as if nothing
When the expedition was over, these
asked the natives the reason for their
behavior. Their answer was simple and
"We were hurrying too much. So
that our spirits could not reach us!
stopped so that our spirits could catch
with us!" They were right, no?
The Desert Fathers love quietness.
the Shepherd said, "If you are
you will possess peace wherever you
A brother in Scetis went to ask for
from Abba Moses and the old man said
"Go and sit in your cell and your
will teach you everything." Abba
said, "The arrows of the enemy
touch one who loves quietness; but
moves about in a crowd will often be
Theophilus, bishop of Alexandria, journeyed
to Scetis and the brethren coming together
said to Abba Pambo, "Say a word
to the Bishop, that his soul may be
in this place." The old man replied,
"If he is not edified by my silence,
there is no way that he will be edified
May I offer a suggestion? Today as
returning from work, stop by a quiet
and spend ten minutes kneeling or sitting
in front of Jesus present in the Eucharist.
No need to say much. Just look at Him.
else, go outside, find a quiet place
open countryside or by the sea, and
some minutes looking up at the heavens....
Just smile at Him.
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