Enemies of Growth

This morning I quizzed someone about their new year’s resolution. Their reply – “my life is going great, I don’t need to change a thing – resolutions are for losers!” I had never heard that before! How could someone feel their life to be perfect – with no room for improvement? Without making the effort…

Martial Mystics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – now that was a craze when I was a kid. More than the dynamic turtles, however, the character of Splinter always intrigued me. Although an elderly rat dressed in robes, he was the quintessential calm, all-knowing master of martial arts, his name derived from his proficiency in smashing wooden boards….

Good Words

One of my fellow monks is an extremely prayerful person. He has regular stories of the reciprocation and interaction that comes from conversing with God. Though inspired, I personally find it difficult to pray.  It usually feels unnatural and artificial; probably a combination of my impersonal character, hard-heartedness, lack of faith, and general life philosophy…