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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31 July 2006

Legenda Fratrum, Part IX

Often during community prayers, an especially crotchety old brother used to stare at the younger brothers that he suspected of a lack of seriousness. One of the young brothers, a frequent object of these stares, had his fill of it one day and decided to out-stare the old brother. The match continued for the whole period of prayer. As they were leaving the chapel, the older brother stopped the younger one and snarled: "Brother, if you'd look at the tabernacle as much as you looked at me, you'd be a g*dd**n saint!"


Anonymous pog said...

I take it younger brother won then? Thought so.

31 July, 2006 09:20  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

With your powers of observation, you should be a psychologist.

01 August, 2006 02:22  
Blogger Rev. Smokin Steve said...

This blog is a trip!

01 August, 2006 22:13  
Anonymous Zoe said...

why wasn't the older brother bowed in prayer then eh? Or had he filled his quota in earlier, more dedicated years?

It would be a great help to the general public if you could fill us in on what that quota is. Is it achievable all in one evening, say?

And did no one notice that the tabernacle wasn't getting your undivided attention either?

02 August, 2006 12:19  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Well, Zoe, your problem is that you want consistency. You must learn to get over that.

02 August, 2006 17:31  
Blogger Dirty Birdie said...

Zoe - if there was a quota my step-mother would have been absolved long ago.

02 August, 2006 23:18  
Anonymous Zoe said...

So would my grandfather, dirtie bridie, but then, he did seem to have every confidence that he had been.

03 August, 2006 07:52  
Blogger Sayre said...

Brolo - great blog! I hopped over here from Nikki's blog (a mom after my own heart).

The secret to a great stare is not looking at whatever your eyes are pointed at... you're busy looking inside your own head.

03 August, 2006 11:23  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

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Oh, sorry. I meant to type, "Wouldn't that cause a lot of typos?", but I was looking inside my head. BTW, there's not much to look at in there.

03 August, 2006 16:28  
Blogger kats said...


07 August, 2006 18:40  
Blogger Sayre said...

I have five brothers and lots of past stare-downs. Believe me... it works! I do not recommend typing while "staring", however.

08 August, 2006 04:33  

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