"For us let it be enough to know ourselves to be in the place where God wants us, and carry on our work, even though it be no more than the work of an ant, infinitesimally small, and with unforeseeable results."
-- Abbé Monchanin

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Virtual Tablet Warning

WARNING -- Don't let your virtual tablet get wet. The screen adhesive will loose its grip and the screen can curl.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Quote for the Day

It was said of Abba John the Persian that when some evildoers came to him, he took a basin and wanted to wash their feet. But they were filled with confusion, and began to do penance.
-- The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Monday, April 23, 2012

Corvette Show 2012

First processed image from the 21 April 2012 Corvette Show in Hot Springs, AR

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Quote for the Day

He [Abba James] also said, 'We do not need words only, for, at the present time, there are many words among men, but we need works, for this is what is required, not words which do not bear fruit.'
-- The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Jesus told us to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. (Mt. 10:16) Too often, whoever, we tend to be as venomous as vipers and as dumb as dodos. A case in point is the way we thoughtlessly pass on e-mails and things we read on the internet or hear on talk radio or TV.

That introduces the issue of gossip and slander. The apostle Paul groups these two actions with other evil characteristics of "God-haters" and those who "invent ways of doing evil." (Rom. 1:29-30) That's a crowd I'm sure we'd rather not be a part of.

James warns against the power of evil unleashed by an uncontrolled tongue. (James 3:5-9) In today's world the power of the tongue surely must include e-mail, Twitter and posts on blogs and Facebook. Uncontrolled use of them is as damaging as uncontrolled use of the tongue.

Paul reminds us that everything we do should be done for the glory of God. (I Cor. 10:31)

In light of these observations, let me suggest guidelines for us to follow before we click "send," "forward" or "post."

1. Be sure what we're about to disseminate is true.

Don't assume it's true because a friend said it or sent it. They may not have checked the facts.

Don't assume it's true because you read it in a favorite magazine or on a favorite website. Don't assume it's true because you heard it on talk radio or TV. The media has it's own agenda that may strictly adhere to the complete truth.

Search for the factual evidence yourself from a variety of sources.

2. Ask yourself if spreading this message will edify those who will receive it and enrich society as a whole. Most importantly, ask if spreading this is good for your own soul.

3. Finally, ask yourself if propagating this information or message brings glory to God.

If you answer "no" to any of these questions, don't send, forward, tweet or post it. Let it lie. This could result in less clutter in our inboxes, fewer hurt feelings and lower blood pressure.

If you find that this set of observations and guidelines is true, beneficial to society and can bring glory to God --

Pass It On

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Quote for the Day

The same abba [Abba Isidore of Pelusia] said, 'Prize the virtues and do not be the slave of glory; for the former are immortal, while the latter soon fades.'
-- The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Quote for the Day

Abba Poemen also said about Abba Isidore that wherever he addressed the brothers in church he said only one thing, 'Forgive your brother, so that you also may be forgiven.'
-- The Sayings of the Desert Fathers