Soliloquy in an International Cloister

Watch your step as Brother Lawrence takes you inside the monastery walls of a five hundred year-old international order. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wish you had ignored your hormones and joined the monastery.

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Location: Rome, Italy

27 June 2006

Legenda Fratrum, VI

Our missionary brothers in Zambia have stations on either side of the Zambezi River. Getting them all together for special occasions, therefore, requires half of them to cross the crocodile-infested river, either by a log raft or a rickety rope suspension bridge. A few years ago, the brothers were gathering for a Christmas celebration. One of the them was bringing a case of beer, a rare treat for the brothers in Zambia. As he was crossing the bridge, one of the boards gave way and he fell into the river. The brothers who had crossed before him heard the noise and quickly ran back to the bridge. There was an audible sigh of relief as the first brother to reach the bridge announced: "It's okay. The beer stayed on the bridge!"

Oh, and the brother made it safely to shore. He was awarded the first bottle for bravely saving the beer from certain doom.


Anonymous heather said...

all this brotherly love is a wonderful example to us...

28 June, 2006 07:28  
Anonymous pog said...

I believe either Heineken or Carlsberg witnessed this event - there was an ad based on a young monk falling into a river along with the beer crate and the assembled brothers all ignored him in favour of rescuing the booze.
Mind you, that river was frozen, so not all that likely to be in Africa ...

30 June, 2006 11:35  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Thanks, H. I'm blushing.

Hmmm, Pog. It's possible that I've been bamboozled. I must look into this.

01 July, 2006 03:21  
Blogger Yorksdevil said...

Stella Artois is the beer in question.

03 July, 2006 15:30  
Anonymous pog said...

'course it is. Silly me.

04 July, 2006 10:44  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Aha! Those clever Stella Artois people traveled into the future, read my blog, went back to the present and created that advertisement.

Thanks for the clarification Yorky.

05 July, 2006 03:21  
Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

Yeah, if there's anything you don't want, it's a crocked crocodile.

07 August, 2006 19:18  

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