There was a young friar who sought to live simply and a contemplative life. His Guardian gave him permission to live in his own lean-to down by the river. For the first week the friar was ecstatic – his prayer life blossomed and he really felt he had taken a major step on his journey to God. At the end of the week, the young friar washed his one habit and put it out to dry. The next morning he was dismayed to find that some rats had torn his habit to shreds. So he covered himself as best he could, went to a nearby village and begged for another. A week later, after washing, the rats destroyed that habit as well. So, the young friar got a cat – and presto – rat problem solved. Continue reading
I ran across this fascinating article this morning about ships that were stranded in the Suez Canal upon the start of the 6-Day War between Israel and Egypt in 1967. The ships remained stranded for eight years. What happened to the crew? the cargo? the ships? Enjoy the read.