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To laugh, or not to laugh?

September 9, 2009

When I read Luke 6:25b in today’s Gospel (Lk 6:20-26):

Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.

it reminded me of this saying:

An elder saw a certain one laughing and said to him:  In the presence of the Lord of heaven and earth we must answer for our whole life; and you can laugh?

Hard core, eh?!


Desert Wisdom – 1

August 25, 2009

It was said of one of the elders that he persevered in a fast of seventy weeks, eating only once a week.  This elder asked God to reveal to him the meaning of a certain Scripture text, and God would not reveal it to him.  So he said to himself: “Look at all the work I have done without getting anywhere!  I will go to one of the brothers and ask him.”  When he had gone out and closed the door and was starting on his way, an angel of the Lord was sent to him saying: “The seventy weeks you fasted did not bring you any closer to God.  But now that you have humbled yourself and set out to ask your brother, I am sent to reveal the meaning of that text.”  And opening to him the meaning which he sought, he went away.