A seeker came to the teacher, asking, “I am interested in the spiritual quest – what books would you suggest I read?’

The teacher smiled and pointed to his empty bookshelves, saying, ‘The best books are people.’

Wishing to justify himself, the seeker said, ‘Surely, a spiritual man like yourself would recommend that I read the Bible. Which translation of the Bible would you suggest?’

The teacher smiled faintly and replied, ‘The best translation of the Bible is a saint!’”

Source | Edward Hays, The Ladder: Parable-Stories of Ascension and Descension
(Forest of Peace Pub., 1999) page 76


As a general rule, I would say that human beings never behave more badly toward one another than when they believe they are protecting God. In the words of Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas, “People of the Book risk putting the book above people.” — Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

  • What kind of book are you to the people around you?
  • How would you define a saint?


Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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