The things that grow in water cannot bear fruit in dry and arid places. ~St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 2
Friday, January 26, 2007
Silence of the Lambs
When I first read the headline, I thought maybe I was being too hasty in my pessimism about Catholics and ascesis. Schoolchildren being instructed to remain silent throughout lunch period -- an inculcation of monastic virtues and disciplines -- mortification of the loose tongue -- refraining from idle chatter -- get'em while they're young -- Catholic formation from cradle to grave! Then this:
"The move comes after three recent choking incidents in the cafeteria."