HOLINESS IN THE PRESENT MOMENT
Buddha was once asked, “What makes a person holy?” He replied, “Every hour is
divided into a cer-tain number of seconds and every second into a certain number of
fractions. Anyone who is able to be totally present in each fraction of a second is holy.”
The Japanese warrior was captured and thrown into prison. At night he could not
sleep for he was convinced he would be tortured next morning.
Then the words of his Master came to him: “Tomorrow is not real. The only reality is
So he came to the present — and fell asleep.
The person over whom the Future has ‘lost its grip: How like the birds of the air and
the lilies of the field. No anxieties for the morrow. Total presence in the now. Holiness!
- this is one of the many short stories featured in the book "Song of the Bird" by Anthony de Mello, a Catholic priest