Archive for February, 2019

  1. The law of progress

    I was seated on the veranda of the monastery gazing at the beautiful mountains that harbor it when the Old Man, as we affectionately call the oldest monk of the Order, approached. Always with a youthful demeanor despite his advanced age, he had in his hands two cups of fresh coffee which he placed on […]

  2. The guardian and the master

    The lecture that the Old Man, as we affectionately called the oldest monk of the Order, had delivered at a well-known university addressed the need of balancing self and soul. He used a figure of speech Teresa of Avila had used, comparing the core of a person to a castle with many rooms. Each room […]

  3. The shoemaker, the businessman and the irony

    I was walking on the narrow and winding streets of the small village located at the foot of the mountain that houses the monastery, not sure if I would find the shop of Loureiro, the shoemaker who loves books and wines still open, for some fresh coffee and good conversation. Loureiro is known for sowing […]

  4. The light of the world and a slice of orange cake

    Break of day. I was in the quiet station of the small and charming village at the foot of the mountain that houses the monastery waiting for the train. The Old Man, as we affectionately called the oldest monk of the Order, and I were on our way to a boisterous city where a well-known […]