A brother asked Abba Poemen, 'How should a man behave?' The old man said to him, 'Look at Daniel: no-one found anything in him to complain about except for his prayers to the Lord his God.'-- Sayings of the Desert Fathers
"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
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Texas police kill amputee in wheelchair
It's time we remove the cowards from our police forces. Too often we are reading or hearing on the news that someone has been killed by police. Someone who is acting irrationally or in a threatening manner, but has not injured anyone. Police open fire in anticipation of possibly being injured. They call it self defense.
Until EVERY alternative means of resolution of a situation has been failed or actual injury has occurred, use of deadly violence is a cowardly act of murder. It's that simple. It does not matter who carried out the act.
The reason for most of the police violence we're seeing is fear. We need to provide training in how to be less fearful in tense situations and how to patiently resolve them. It is not enough to feel threatened.
In this case it is unimaginable that an able bodied policeman cannot out maneuver a double amputee in a wheelchair and must resort to killing him with a gun when the person only has a shiny object as a weapon. He is known to behave irrationally and get over it. He has not yet injured anyone.
It's time to get the cowards off of our police forces or to disarm them at the very least. And that includes tasers!
They say "God helps those who help themselves."
That is wrong. God helps those who cannot help themselves. God helps those who help others.
Those who can help themselves have no need of God's help. Too often they have no time to help others.
We need to attempt more than we can do so that we can experience God's help. We need to be willing to try the wild and impossible that no one can achieve so that God may achieve it through us.
I can't help it, I need God's help most of the time.
How about you?
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
He [Abba Poemen] also said, 'If man remembered that it is written: "By your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned," (Matt. 12.37) he would choose to remain silent.'-- Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
A brother asked Abba Poemen, 'An inheritance has been left to me, what ought I to do?' The old man said to him, 'Go, come back in three days and I will tell you.' So he returned as it had been decided. Then the old man said, 'What shall I say to you, brother? If I tell you to give it to the church, they will make banquets with it; if I tell you to give it to your relations, you will not receive any profit from it; if I tell you to give it to the poor, you will not do it. Do as you like, it is none of my business.'-- Sayings of the Desert Fathers