It was said of Abba John the Persian that when some evildoers came to him, he took a basin and wanted to wash their feet. But they were filled with confusion, and began to do penance.
Monthly Archives: February 2008
- Historical, cultural and political challenges of Islam in the West
- The role and contributions of Muslims in Western societies
- Islam and multiculturalism
- Improving mutual understanding, cooperation and harmony—including the role and responsibilities of the Muslim community, political leaders and the media
- Socio-economic issues such as unemployment and underemployment
- Youth identity and self image
- The radicalisation of Muslim youth
Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent
Since the Woman at the Well (John 4) is the Gospel reading this Sunday, a friend pointed me to a great video on GodTube. I really like its take on the story! View it here.
… I leave it to those who know me to judge how accurate it is…
|Your Mind is Green|
Of all the mind types, yours has the most balance.You are able to see all sides to most problems and are a good problem solver.You need time to work out your thoughts, but you don’t get stuck in bad thinking patterns. You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the future, philosophy, and relationships (both personal and intellectual).
Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent
One day some old men came to see Abba Anthony. In the midst of them was Abba Joseph. Wanting to test them the old man suggested a text from the Scriptures, and beginning with the youngest, he asked them what it meant. Each gave his opinion as he was able. But to each one the old man said “You have not understood it.” Last of all he said to Abba Joseph, “How would you explain this saying?” and he replied, “I do not know.” Then Abba Anthony said, “Indeed, Abba Joseph has found the way, for he has said: ‘I do not know’.”
(Well, stranger things have happened…)
A FURTIVE rustling in the undergrowth at the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast holds the key to the survival of Tasmanian Devil.
The fractious beasts have been coaxed into copulation this week, in the hope that captive breeding can help sustain the genetic diversity of the threatened population.
“If we don’t produce we could see a catastrophe, so there is a lot riding on this,” said Tim Faulkner, head keeper of mammals and birds at the park.
Tasmanian Devils have been in peril since the mid-1990s when a facial tumour disease began ravaging their numbers across the island state.
Wild devils have no answer to the disease, because their inherently low level of genetic diversity due to chronic inbreeding leaves them unable to recognise tumours as a foreign intrusion….
If this year’s breeding program is successful, up to two dozen young devils could be produced, the foundation of a new population that could be re-introduced into Tasmania.
More from SMH.
PS: If you think that cute thing above could never be called ‘fractious’, look below…