Let Us Be Attentive

Let Us Be Attentive

In a monastery in time immemorial, the Abbot invited a well known priest–a certain moral theologian of good repute and well spoken of amongst nearly all of the European hierarchy–to share with the monks a lecture on what he was teaching at one of the earliest universities. As he was reading his lecture, a murmer started amongst the monks who normally lived a strict rule in silence. The murmer grew from two to several of them as they tried to understand some of the new teachings the visiting priest was explaining. As the speaker droned on and the dispute amongst the monks grew to a clamor, the eldest monk of the community stood and approached the speaker. While he was still speaking, the old brother wrenched the lecture from the priest’s hands and threw it out of the monastery window shouting “Heresy!” at the top of his lungs.