The Shy Monk
Yesterday someone called and one of our monks answered. He is just a great soul and he’s shy but not when it comes to devotions or opportunities for devotions. That’s why he answered the phone.
The caller asked, “Would you people be interested in purchasing a church?”
Our shy monk didn’t know how to answer but boldly brought the message to me.
“I don’t know that we’re ready for a second building in the downtown but let’s take a walk over there anyway, and look,” I said. It was actually his suggestion to walk in that direction, initially. So we went to look at the Baptist Church with the shy monk, a quiet monk and a less quiet but sweet and talkative girl.
The church is impressive. For its time—when constructed in the late 19thcentury—it was the largest Baptist church in Canada. There’s a theatre hall with balcony, lots of office space, housing facility and parking for 27 vehicles. But… It was nice to dream about it. We got our walking in to Walmer and Lowther Streets. The Annex is a great neighbourhood where the building is located. But… I was looking at the windows and thinking we can hardly keep a small interior windowed door clean in our existing building. I kept oscillating back and forth on a dreamy project.
By the way, the shy monk has a name. It’s Karuna Sindhu, a home-grown boy from Canada. He’s terrific.
May the Source be with you!