Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Insult the dead

This from Paulo Coelho’s Warrior of Light:
A novice brother went to Abbot Macarius seeking advice about the best way to please the Lord.

– Go to the cemetery and insult the dead – said Macarius.
The brother did as he was told. 

The following day, he returned to Macarius.

– Did they respond? – asked the Abbot.

The novice said no, they didn’t.

– Then go to them and praise them.
The novice obeyed. 

That same afternoon, he returned to the Abbot, who again wished to know whether the dead had responded.
– No – said the novice.
– In order to please the Lord, behave as they do – said Macarius.

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