Monthly Archives: November 2015

Knowing where to look

Someone once asked the famous sceptic Bertrand Russell what the first thing would be that he’ll say to God when he meets Him. He replied that if he were to actually meet such a being he’d ask Him why He … Continue reading

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When more produces less

Aristotle used to teach that virtue was the mid point between two extremes. So, for example, whereas recklessness is one extreme and cowardice the other, courage is the mid point where virtue sits. The important thing is to keep things … Continue reading

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Just come home

G. K. Chesterton was a brilliant man, who thought deep thoughts and expressed them powerfully in his writings. However, he was also extremely absent-minded, and over the years he became notorious for getting lost. He would often forget where he … Continue reading

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Apathy costs us nothing – except…

Apathy is something that costs us nothing except our self respect. Rosina Hernandez once watched a young man get bashed at a rock concert. No one did anything to stop it, and he subsequently died. She then made a vow … Continue reading

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There’s nothing there!

The problem of sudden success was highlighted a few years ago in a New York Times report on the aftermath of the Boston Red Sox having finally won The World Series Baseball after eighty six years of trying. It said: … Continue reading

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Victoria’s not-so-secret

Queen Victoria once held a reception in honour of an African chieftain. He’d never seen a finger bowl before and when was set before him he picked it up and drank its contents. The cream of British society sat aghast … Continue reading

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The future doesn’t belong to the conquerors

A French schoolmaster once wrote a report on of one of his students that said :‘He is the smallest, the meekest, the most unpromising boy in my class.’ Half a century later, that same boy, now a man was voted … Continue reading

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Afflictions v Affections

Malcolm Muggeridge, just before his death, said: ‘Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I … Continue reading

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What are we ashamed of?

As a teenager, Origen, who was later to become one of the great leaders and theologians of the early church, was determined to follow his father’s example and die as a martyr for his faith. His mother pleaded with him … Continue reading

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Glorious bodies

A little girl, sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a story, from time to time would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek then stroke her own. Finally she said: … Continue reading

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