Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Statement of Purpose

Within the space of 48 hours I've managed to say
things that offended two different people. Imagine if
this blog were read by hundreds of people instead of
... two!


I've violated Article #5 of the Imaginary Rule of the
Fraternity of Saint Pambo, which is

  • love others, consider them better than yourself,
    and judge no one

That article was included only at the insistance of
Atgnatus. I had feared (rightly so, it turns out)
that keeping Article #5 would be a lot harder than
doing Morning and Evening prayer, etc.

My apologies all around of course. I sometime think
of changing the Fraternity of Saint Pambo to the
Fraternity of Saint Agathon, who was wise enough to
keep a stone in his mouth for 3 years until he learned
to be silent.

At any rate, the purpose of this board is to explore
and learn about early Christian spirituality and to
put it into practice. The Desert Fathers are the main
example we tend to draw on, but more modern ones are
all right, as long as it doesn't lead to
denominational squabbling or doctrinal disputes.

I will set up an "important posts" section on the
right hand side and tack this up there, so people can
direct me to it next time I slip into malicious
murmurings ...


Blogger atgnatus said...

My apologizes too. My reaction was excessive.

I appreciate you taking the time off line to discuss the matter with me.

I was well aware of your natural tendency to "lob a few hand grenades" to see what will turn up - not to do harm.

Thanks for taking the time to "talk me down". But more importantly, thanks for taking this walk with me.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Oblate-Man said...

Well, I'm glad to see everyone playing nice again. I have to admit I was a little worried for both of you, but I knew better than to butt in (for once).

There is a fine line at times between putting a statement out for discussion that is controversial, and one that can be taken as an attack.

The Rule of Benedict speaks of the need to be humble when we open our mouths: "The eleventh degree of humility is, that, when a monk speaketh, he speak gently and without laughter, humbly and with gravity, with few and sensible words, and that he be not loud of voice, as it is written: "The wise man is known by the fewness of his words."

That is a challenge constantly before me. Anyway, glad that all is well again.

12:54 PM  
Blogger xofezura said...

thanks, oblate-man.

I, alas, have phenomenal powers of offense-giving.

On the other hand, Agnatus has the patience of a saint.

That was a very rare reaction we saw.

I actually read the Rule of Saint Benedict a long time ago as part of a college class. I should put it on my read-again list.

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