"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)


A Filipino priest hears the confession of one of his pilgrim flock in Jerusalem.


Picture taken in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre


2 responses

  1. “At some thoughts one stands perplexed, above all at the sight of human sin, and wonders whether to combat it by force or by humble love. Always decide ‘I will combat it by humble love.’ If you resolve on that once and for all, you can conquer the whole world. Loving humility is a terrible force: it is the strongest of all things, and there is nothing else like it.”

    — Dostoevsky
    The Brothers Karamazov
    chapter III: Conversations And Exhortations of Father Zosima

    October 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    • I increasingly wonder if my concept of sin is distorted. Some “trespasses” are very obvious: a wandering into “forbidden areas” where we are far from safe, such as violence or the thrill of power.
      But it is a lack of love, in all its countless manifestations, that seems to be at the heart of all evil.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm

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