Monday, 17 October 2005


There is a story associated with St Anthony, probably in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, that a visitor was scandalized to see St Anthony ‘playing’ with his disciples: relaxing and engaging in repartee. St Anthony replied that the bow that is continually tensed will break.

Here is the fruit of our relaxation:


The day is full of sun.

I ate a pomegranate and a persimmon.

At night, the full moon.

The fleeting beauty of the owl’s cry pierces my heart.

Later, we will discuss gluttony.

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